Canada Needs More Regulated Immigration Consultants

Immigration Consultants help new Canadians navigate through Canada’s laws and regulations to help make the overwhelming immigration process more bearable. The Canadian government requires that all immigration consultants be regulated and follow the same sets of rules and standards.

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the national regulatory authority designated by the Government of Canada to safeguard consumers who seek and retain the services of consultants who provide immigration services to Canada.

Federal law requires that immigration consultants, in Canada or abroad, who provide Canadian immigration services for a fee, must be registered with the ICCRC and accredited as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). RCICs are required to abide by a strict Code of Professional Ethics.  

There are numerous benefits associated with utilizing the services of a RCIC and serious risks associated with utilizing the services of unauthorized providers. In addition, the new Canadian Citizenship Bill (C-24) proposes heftier fines for unauthorized providers both domestically and internationally.

Immigration consultants are needed more than ever as the Canadian economy becomes more and more reliant on immigration to fill gaps in the labour market. 

In a recent trip to China, Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, solidified Canada’s relationship with China by welcoming immigrants from China. « Our message is that Canada’s doors are open to economic immigration, to unprecedented family reunification. We have created, and are sustaining, multiple pathways for investors, even as we move to launch a new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot later this year. »

The Minister also urged potential immigrants to use authorized immigration representatives and to not fall victim to fraud, “Fraud is a very serious issue in our immigration system. Our government is taking action to combat fraud by introducing specific measures in the Strengthening Citizenship Act that will address misrepresentation in the citizenship system.” 

Similarly, ICCRC CEO Bob Brack, warned, “Unauthorized representatives are not trained or regulated, and take money for services they cannot provide, which often leads to the refusal of applications that might otherwise be approved. Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are highly trained and effectively regulated, so their clients can be sure that they are getting the best advice and representation possible.”

The efforts by both the Canadian government and the ICCRC highlight the growing need for authorized immigration representatives as the government seeks to highlight the value of Canadian citizenship to the international community.  

For more information

Contact: Emiko Yumoto

Email:  inquiry@ashtoncollege.com

Ashton College offers an Online Immigration Consultant Program that is an ICCRC Accredited Educational Program.

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