ICCRC: Why Use Regulated Consultant 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 Conduct – 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.  For more information, please read our information document for consumers, ICCRC – What It Means to You: The Consumer.

Regulated Consultants vs. Unauthorized Providers of Immigration Services:

 Attribute  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