UCICA For THE Public
Canada rightfully takes great pride that its legal system is open equally to all.
There are many resources available for the public to seek legal assistance in many areas of law when needed.
Fortunately, for the first time the UCICA has created a free legal assistance/aid service system via its members to help ensure free legal services for eligible members of the public in Canada or anywhere in the world.
About the UCICA public service program
The UCICA is the professional organization incorporated in Canada by Immigration Consultants for nonprofit legal services, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Canadian residents who are facing serious Immigration or other civil legal problems associated with Immigration law.
The UCICA was founded in 2014 to contribute Immigration Consultants’ community share in free legal aid and is a nonprofit organization.
The association is governed by a volunteer board of trustees comprised primarily of Licensed Immigration Consultants and lawyers from Canada.
The UCICA promotes equal access to justice by raising resources to provide legal services for low-income people in Canada.
How can we help?
UCICA may provide free legal assistance/aid for eligible people once they are successfully assessed. These services may include following:
If UCICA cannot help, we will refer you somewhere that can.
Who is eligible to receive free assistance?
Services are available to Canadian residents, the public in general and clients of UCICA members who meet one of the following criteria:
1- You are in Canada or at a Canadian port of entry and fall under (IRPA) or have filed a *refugee status claim application.
2- Without counsel representation, you have submitted an application for any Canadian permanent or temporary visa and are facing serious complications beyond your control, cannot afford to hire a counsel due to low income or similar circumstances, and have evidence to establish a certain claim.
3- *You have been examined at a Canadian port of entry, have been detained and cannot seek assistance to find or hire a counsel or cannot afford one.
4- *You have a situation where you cannot reach or seek assistance from a current/previously hired immigration consultant or lawyer or an agent, or have evidence that your application has been abandoned by your counsel.
5- You need to resolve a dispute or issue with your counsel via mediation.
6- You are a new immigrant or in Canada under a temporary resident permit and seek free guidance related to settlement and support services.
How to receive aid and assistance under this program
1- Gather the following information / documentation.
2- Click on this link and submit your application (attach applicable documents with this form). Applications with incomplete information will not be processed or replied to.
3- Once your complete application is received and assessed, a UCICA representative will contact you via email or phone; this process may take 7 to 10 business days.
Looking for more legal assistance:
UCICA can also assist the general public and clients of its members in the following areas:
Family law services
Finding a counsel
UCICA free assistance is not available in the following situations:
How do we do it?
Legal professionals and authorised immigration consultants associated with UCICA from across Canada as well as internationally are willing in the name of equal justice to ensure that professional legal assistance and aid remains available to those who need it most.
UCICA donors recognize that civil legal aid assures fairness for all in the justice system, regardless of individual personal circumstances.
It’s great to see the Canadian Immigration Consultants coming together to support access to legal help for people to get fair and professional representation for their rights, their health and their families.
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