You can apply to the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) directly without the help from a representative. Applicants are not obliged to hire an immigration representative (lawyer or consultant).
If you choose to hire a representative, your application will not be given special attention. You will not receive any faster processing and it will not affect the outcome of your application. The NLPNP does not recommend or endorse any individual representatives.
Who is an immigration representative?
An immigration representative is someone you appoint to conduct business on your behalf with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).
Who can be a representative?
There are two types of immigration representatives: unpaid and paid.
An unpaid representative is a person or organization that does not charge a fee for the service to represent you. Examples of unpaid representatives are: family members, friends, or members of non-governmental or religious organizations. The NLPNP will require authorization from the applicant to communicate with unpaid representatives.
If you choose to use a paid representative, the NLPNP will recognize only paid representatives who are members of:
- A Canadian provincial or territorial law society (e.g. lawyers);
- Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) ; or
- The Chambre des notaires du Quèbec.
Members of these organizations are required to conduct themselves according to ethical and professional standards.
You should ask the representative for references and make sure your representative is a member in of one of the associations listed above. You can learn more about who can be an immigration representative on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at www.cic.gc.ca
Note: If you choose to use a representative, the NLPNP may direct its correspondence and other communications concerning your application to your representative.
However, the NLPNP reserves the right to contact the applicant directly regarding the application if determined that this is in the best interest program integrity.