ICCRC is the national regulatory authority designated by the Government of Canada to safeguard consumers who seek Canadian immigration advice and representation from immigration consultants. Federal law requires that immigration consultants in Canada or abroad, who provide Canadian immigration services for a fee, must be registered with ICCRC and accredited as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs).
A self-governing regulatory body, ICCRC manages the profession’s entry-to-practice standards, professional requirements and a rigorous complaints and discipline process. http://www.iccrc-crcic.ca/
Why Use a RCIC in Canadian Immigration?
Before acquiring the services of an immigration consultant, it is important to understand the difference between a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and an unauthorized provider of immigration services. RCICs are required to abide by a strict Code of Professional Ethics – available here. There will be numerous benefits associated with utilizing the services of a RCIC and serious risks associated with utilizing the services of these unauthorized providers.
RCICs vs. Unauthorized Providers of Immigration Services:
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
|Unauthorized Provider of Immigration Services|
|Accountable to ICCRC; complaints are taken seriously||Yes||No – accountable to no one|
|Monitored by ICCRC; non-compliance is taken seriously||Yes||No – may operate unknown to authorities|
|Supported by ICCRC to enhance quality of services||Yes||No – not supported by anyone|
|Knowledgeable and informed on immigration law and Canadian immigration system||Yes||No – no education prerequisite on immigration issues|
|Proficient in English or French||Yes||No – may be unable to communicate properly in English or French|
|Required to abide by stringent ethical and professional rules that are designed to protect consumers||Yes||No – not subject to any ethical requirements|
|Possess valid Errors and Omissions Insurance for enhanced consumer protection||Yes||No – may not have any Errors and Omissions Insurance|
|Work with agents known to ICCRC||Yes||No – no information on their associates|
|Required to provide evidence of good character prior to becoming Regulated||Yes||No – may have committed fraudulent or illegal activities in the past|