UCICA For THE Public

  • Advocacy for public on Immigration Policies
  • Free legal support for the victims of Immigration fraud
  • Free guidance and legal support for refugee claimant  in Canada
  • When you retain a UCICA member for Immigration services, you are protected in many ways

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.

Mission Statement

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:

  1. legal counseling, advice or representation for eligible members of the public who are victims of Immigration fraud;
  2. legal counseling, advice or representation for eligible members of the public who have are facing challenges from their current counsels & Immigration consultants;
  3. legal counseling, advice or representation for eligible members of the public who are facing file/matter abandonment issues, including not having any contact with the counsel despite several attempts to contact due to counsel's or being out of practice, death or such issues;
  4. legal counseling, advice or representation for eligible members of the public who are in the process of filing or wish to file a regulatory complaint or other civil claim against the counsel/immigration consultant and do not know their rights or the process;
  5. Dispute Resolution services between counsel and the client;
  6. Representing or defending the public in a dispute or complaint against the counsel;
  7. Education Free education for the public to create awareness about Immigration Fraud and how to protect their interest in such situation;
  8. Free second opinion on current counsel's opinion /assessment on Immigration matter including service fee charges and Government fee;
  9. Free legal aid * 

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. 

Click here to file a service request

Looking for more legal assistance: 

UCICA can also assist the general public and clients of its members in the following areas: 

Domestic violence

Family law services

Finding a counsel

Human rights

UCICA free assistance is not available in the following situations:

  • Guaranteeing you will obtain permanent resident status
  • Checking the status of applications with Citizenship and Immigration Canada or IRB
  • Resolving problems in getting Ontario Health Insurance Plan coverage
  • Needing assistance related to any indictable criminal offence 

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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