For the purposes of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), an immigration representative is someone you pay and authorize to represent, advise, consult or look into the status of your Expression of Interest of MPNP application.
A representative can be a lawyer or consultant you hire to prepare your MPNP application. The MPNP has no official immigration representatives acting on its behalf and does not endorse or require the services of an immigration representative or recruiter. Using an immigration representative will not get your application special attention or guarantee it will be approved.
Any applicant or employer who uses the services of an immigration representative or recruiter does so at his or her own risk. Applicants are responsible to check that representatives they choose are ethical and competent to work on their behalf and authorized according to the provisions of the MPNP Code of Conduct.
If you use the services of an immigration representative or recruiter in connection with an Expression of Interest or application to the MPNP, they must be registered with our office and provide the MPNP with their complete name and contact information. Failure to declare an immigration representative or recruiter may result in the refusal of your MPNP application.
Manitoba will only recognize or release information to a paid immigration representative who is:
- a lawyer who is a member in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society; or
- a notary who is a member in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Quebec; or
- an immigration consultant who is a member in good standing of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC)
All immigration representatives must provide a signed Code of Conduct if they submit an Expression of Interest on your behalf. All applicants must agree to the MPNP Code of Conduct as part of an MPNP application, whether or not they have a paid immigration representative. The MPNP reserves the right to not accept an application if it determines that the representative or applicant has not complied with the terms specified in the Code of Conduct.
The MPNP is not responsible for the resolution of any disputes arising between applicants and their immigration representative. Applicants may remove a named representative from their application at any time by providing a request in writing to the MPNP. Applicants must remove an existing representative before changing to a new representative.
The MPNP will disclose information to only one designated representative for each application. For purposes of assessing an application, the MPNP will communicate directly with the applicant whenever necessary.
Under Manitoba legislation, it is illegal for immigration representatives or recruiters to charge foreign workers or future immigrants for a job offer in Manitoba. All recruitment costs must be covered by the Manitoba employer seeking foreign workers.
To find out more about immigration representatives, visit these websites: