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Choose authorized Canadian immigration representative

Choose the Right Immigration Representative

The decision to immigrate to a foreign country is possibly the biggest decision you'll ever make in your life. Choosing the authorized and reliable immigration representative to aid you in obtaining Canadian visa is an equally important decision.

Canadian immigration laws, policies, and procedures are complex and constantly changing. The requirements are specific and differ from visa to visa. You need someone with the right knowledge and experience to achieve the best outcome for you.

Under Canadian law (the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) anyone providing Canadian immigration advice, or representing an individual on immigration matters, either for a fee or other consideration, must be a member in good standing of CICC. Members of CICC are known as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC).

The Government of Canada will not deal with non-authorized immigration representatives who charge a fee for their service. Your application for the Canadian visa will be returned to you if:

  1. You have appointed a representative and did not submit the Use of a Representative form or this form was submitted incomplete.
  2. You appointed an immigration consultant who is NOT a member in good standing of The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).
  3. Exceptions are members in good standing of provincial or territorial law societies, or the Chambre des notaires du Qu├ębec.


Checking your Canadian immigration consultant's registration and standing

How can I check if an immigration consultant is certified to give me immigration advice or represent my interests in the Canadian immigration process?

To check, if your Canadian immigration consultant is certified with CICC Canada to give you an immigration advice or represent your interests in the Canadian immigration process, please navigate to The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants website and follow instructions in the video below:


Ghost Immigration Consultants

Beware of ghost immigration consultants who are not authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide legal advice or act as representatives on your behalf. If you hire one, your application will be refused.


How to Become CICC Member

To become a member of CICC, a Canadian immigration consultant must:

  • Provide satisfactory police certificates from Canada and every country in which they have lived for at least 6 months
  • Complete a Canadian accredited education program
  • Pass an CICC-approved English or French language proficiency test
  • Pass a Full Skills Exam set by CICC
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident
  • Have a business registration or work for a registered business
  • Hold a Professional Errors and Omissions Insurance
  • Pay annual professional fees to CICC
  • Maintain client accounts and keep their payments secure
  • Complete annual mandatory professional education

For your own protection, choose the right immigration representative.
At CanadaImmigration.Services we have in-depth knowledge of Canadian immigration laws and policies, and we upgrade our knowledge and skills regularly to keep up with the latest Canadian laws.