IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT STATUS CONFIRMATION PROCESS
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has regulations regarding who can be a paid authorized representative for immigration matters. Only individuals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC), or the Chambre des notaires du Québec are authorized to provide paid representation for immigration matters.
To avoid scams of unauthorized representatives and ghost consultants, it is important to do your research before seeking the services of any representative. Verify the representative's credentials with the appropriate regulatory body, and do not provide personal information or payment until you are sure that the representative is legitimate. It is also recommended to seek the services of a representative who is based in Canada and has a physical office. Avoid representatives who promise guaranteed results or ask for fees upfront before providing services. It is important to remember that you can always choose to represent yourself in immigration matters.
The names contained in the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) website membership list (extracted from the Council’s official Register of Members) are members in good standing who are actively practicing as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). They are an authorized representative within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Regulations (IRPR) and may represent a client before Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The following will walk you through the necessary steps to search for an RCIC and check the member status with CICC.
1) VISIT THE CICC WEBSITE AND CLICK ON FIND AN IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT
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