Every person who wants to become a licensed immigration consultant must comply with strict admission requirements and meet educational and language standards as set by Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). In addition, the Council imposes extremely high standards on its members that often exceed the standards set for lawyers. General public can rest assured that every ICCRC member is fully qualified and well aware of his/her duties to the client – the consumer.
ICCRC members must also participate in Continuing Professional Development program as mandated by the Council. This will ensure that we all stay informed about the development in immigration legislation, of case law and its implication for our practice. A very important part of this program is continuing enforcement of ethical standards and understanding implications of being able to advise the client on immigration matters.
Licensed immigration consultants have to carry Error and Omission Insurance – just like lawyers do. This is for the protection of the consumer and the consultant – even the best of us can make a mistake that can be detrimental to the client. If a client feels that the consultant did not act in his best interest and that his/her actions caused him damage, he/she has the right to file a complaint to ICCRC and after investigation, ICCRC suggests the client and the consultant how to settle the dispute.
We have a ICCRC identification card that is a proof of our membership. If in doubt, the client can verify the consultant’s status on ICCRC website.
A ICCRC member must be one of the following:
Criteria to become a licensed immigration consultant: