Monday, February 4, 2013

Public Notice: Clients of Unauthorized Agents

It has come to our attention that unfortunately few of the unauthorized immigration ghost agents in Pakistan are misguiding and misdirecting individuals who were, in past, dealing with another deceased unauthorized immigration agent (their partners/ex-employers) to our firm to create confusion and to fulfil their malign intent out of professional jealousy and rivalry. We wish to advise that Amir Ismail & Associates (AIA) is an independent legal entity with its partners, associates and principals properly authorized by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) that has no links, connections, business dealings/agency relationship with any unauthorized and unlicensed ghost agents, deceased or alive.

Being licensed immigration practitioners recognized by the Government of Canada we are not obliged to deal with any individual who deals or has dealt with an unauthorized agent in past, deceased or alive, and who has not signed our retainer agreement and the "Use of Representative Form" prescribed by the Government of Canada. However, any person who is interested in availing our services as Members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) is welcome to do so by formally retaining our services by signing our Retainer Agreement as per the rules of the ICCRC and the official Use of Representative Form of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Once we are formally retained, we would be pleased to represent their applications with the responsibility of maintaining their confidentiality as per the Professional Rules of Conduct that we are obliged to follow as Canadian citizens and Member of the ICCRC.

Any individual who hires or has hired the services of an unauthorized agent against fee in past do not in fact meet the definition of a "client" and the unauthorized agent would not be identified as "consultant" as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada (IRPA) and its Regulations (IRPR). While we are in the process of deciding the most appropriate course of action with the assistance of local and Canadian authorities to preclude such notorious elements from creating any further confusion so that they cease, refrain and abstain from misguiding consumers of immigration consulting services, we will, in the meantime, appreciate if you report to us any coercion by any unlicensed ghost agent against our firm to protect you from any damages and liabilities. You are also encouraged to contact us to learn about the procedure incidental to submitting a complaint in this regard to the relevant local and Canadian departments.

With this notification, Amir Ismail & Associates has absolved itself from any and all liabilities resulting from dealing with any unauthorized agent, deceased or alive.