Immigration can be a complicated and confusing process. Knowing where to start and how to go about the process is important. Many don’t even know whether or not they are eligible to apply. This is where a registered consultant has a critical part to play.
Here, we will be defining the role of RCICs in Canadian immigration, why you should get one, and how you should select someone for professional help, if needed.
What is RCIC in Canadian immigration?
In this context, RCIC stands for Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant.
Who are RCICs?
RCICs are legally authorized representatives in good standing with the federal government of Canada.
Why to hire an RCIC consultant?
The Top 5 reasons to hire an RCIC consultant are –
- Licensed professionals that have undergone stringent IRCC testing with annual practice assessments and continuing professional development requirements. Each of the RCICs have to adhere to a strict code of conduct that is duly enforced.
- In-depth knowledge of the Canadian immigration system, processes, and policies. There are many routes that lead to Canadian permanent residency, such as - Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, Start-up Visa, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), Quebec-selected skilled workers etc.
The most suitable Canada immigration pathway for you will be as per your eligibility, individual circumstances, expectations, and preferences.
- Suggest the best immigration options for you.
- A personalized immigration strategy will be developed by your consultant after discussions with you. This will be done taking into account your preferences and potential for thriving within a specific region in Canada based on your being skilled in an occupation in demand.
- Represent you before IRCC. When you get a consultant for professional guidance, a form - IMM5476, Use of a Representative - will have to be filled out and submitted to IRCC along with your immigration application.
Is my immigration consultant authorized?
The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants has an online Public Register that contains a list of all Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs).
You can use the online Public Register to verify whether a Canadian immigration consultant is licensed. Only the RISIAs and RCICs that have an “Active” status against their name on the Public Register might provide immigration advice or services.
What if my Canadian immigration consultant is not authorized?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will not accept any immigration applications submitted by unlicensed consultants.
For Canadian permanent residence, paid representation or immigration advice can only be given by someone with a good standing with either of the following -
- the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants,
- the Chambre des notaires du Québec, or
- a Canadian provincial or territorial law society.
If you decide to take professional help from an immigration consultant, make sure that they are duly licensed for providing the same. With effect from November 23, 2021, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) is the official regulating body for consultants for Canadian immigration and citizenship.
How to select an immigration consultant for Canada PR?
- Word-of-mouth recommendations
- Advice from many
- Free consultation
- Experience matters
- Written contract
- Don’t sign blank forms
- No false information
- No withholding of information
- Get copies
- Signed receipts
Choose your representative carefully. You can ask people you trust to give you their personal recommendations. Ideally, you must get advice from several individuals before deciding upon the right immigration consultant for you. Another way is to avail free consultation from many immigration consultants, so you know what services you can expect within the same price bracket.
When choosing a consultant, select someone that has been in the industry for years. Ask questions about their registration, training, and experience. Be careful of someone that will not clearly answer your questions. Ensure that the contract clearly lists the services that you will be provided by them.
Beware of a representative that suggests that you provide false information or keep information to yourself. Never sign blank application forms or documents that you can’t understand properly. Get copies of any documents made by your representative for you. Always insist on a signed receipt when you make any payments to an immigration representative or consultant.
What services can a Canadian immigration consultant provide?
A wide range of services can be provided by your immigration consultant, both before and after you get your visa. Immigration services that might be provided by a consultant include, among others -
- Your eligibility evaluation,
- Guiding you on the required documentation,
- Suggesting the best Canada PR route for you,
- Representing you before IRCC,
- Providing updates and support, and
- Post-landing services.
Getting help from the right professionals can make your Canada immigration process streamlined and hassle-free.
Why choose Kansas Overseas?
Kansas Overseas who work with RCIC is among the leading immigration consultants in India. We can help you with -
- Work visa,
- Study visa, and
- Visit visa.
A wide range of customized services – Visa consultation, Resume Writing, Profile Evaluation, interview training, IELTS/French classes, professional guidance, Post-Landing Services, etc. - are also available.
Other Important FAQs:
1. Who regulates RCICs?
The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) is the official regulator of immigration and citizenship consultants in Canada. The College opened on November 23, 2021. The previous regulating authority was the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
2. Are overseas Canada immigration consultants also regulated?
The statutory authority of the College will be applicable to immigration and citizenship consultants for Canada, whether they practice -
- Overseas, or
- In Canada.
All paid consultants for Canadian visa and immigration must be licensed by the College to be able to work with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
3. Why are consultants regulated by the Canadian government?
The IRCC regulatory body for consultants can protect you from unlicensed consultants that might be providing immigration or citizenship advice without proper authorization.
Under the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act, the present regulatory authority has been granted new powers and tools to discipline consultants and investigate professional misconduct.
4. What is the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants?
The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) licenses and regulates - in the public interest - consultants for Canadian immigration and citizenship. A self-regulatory organization, the College replaced the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
5. How many types of Canada immigration consultants?
Two kinds of immigration and citizenship consultants for Canada are regulated by the College under IRCC -
- Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), and
- Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs).
The CICC only regulates consultants for Canadian immigration, overseas as well as in Canada. The College does not process immigration applications or have any influence over immigration.
6. Why hire an RCIC?
Qualified and specially trained RCICs have a good and in-depth understanding of Canadian immigration policies. Getting professional guidance from a registered RCIC can make your Canada visa application process streamlined and hassle-free. While no one can guarantee you a visa, expert guidance by an RCIC can maximize the potential of your visa being granted.
7. What is CAPIC in Canada immigration?
Here, CAPIC stands for the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. CAPIC is the association for Canadian immigration consultants.
8. How to protect yourself against Canadian immigration fraud?
You can do a few things to protect yourself against immigration fraud, such as -
- Work only with active RCICs,
- Don’t trust anyone that guarantees you a visa (only the Canadian government decides who gets a visa),
- Stay away from too-good-to-be-true deals,
- Take the time to research from reliable sources,
- Always sign a written agreement,
- Ensure the service agreement is signed by you and your consultant,
- Sign Form IMM5476, Use of a Representative,
- Never sign blank forms,
- Get recipes and invoices for all payments,
- Don’t pay in cash,
- Get a copy of all forms you sign, and
- Never lie or withhold information even if asked to do so.