The national regulatory body for professional immigration consultants is the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). All consultants providing Canadian immigration services must be a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). To confirm whether a consultant is registered with ICCRC, please consult their Find a Professional section. ICCRC was established in July 2011 by the federal department of Citizenship & Immigration Canada, in adherence to Section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), which states that anyone who provides Canadian immigration services for a fee or other consideration, must be registered and in good standing with the ICCRC.
Why retain a Consultant?
You may be considering what is the benefit of retaining a consultant for advice or representation when you can get the application packages and guides through IRCC and submit the application yourself.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine to what extent you might benefit from assistance or representation for your application:
When explaining to my clients the benefits of consulting a professional for immigration advice, I consider it similar to having a realtor to sell your home or taking your tax return to an accountant. This is an event which for you will only take place infrequently. A professional does it hundreds of times a year, is familiar and up to date with changes in the regulations and can help you navigate the jargon, manage the timelines and reduce the stress.
Here is what I can offer to support your particular preference and circumstance: