Canadian Immigration Consulting FAQ
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What is immigration service?
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) are licensed immigration and citizenship professionals. They help clients who are seeking to visit, study, work or live in Canada. Furthermore, RCICs may provide guidance on citizenship matters.
What do immigration consultants do?
Canadian immigration consultants interview customers, review their documents, research laws and policies and advise on immigration, refugee and citizenship matters. Further, they write submissions and represent clients before tribunal, federal and provincial governments.
What do immigration consultants charge for?
In essence, immigration consultants charge for their professional time and expertise based on market value.
How much do immigration consultants charge in Canada?
Depending on the complexity of the case RCICs charge professional fees based on an hourly rate or a flat rate. The hourly rate varies between C$250 and C$500; however, most immigration consultants charge a fee of C$200 to C$300 per hour for an initial consultation. Depending on the service, fixed fees range from C$2,500 to C$20,000.
How to become a certified immigration consultant in Canada?
The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the national regulatory body. The regulator protects consumers by overseeing Canadian immigration consultants and international student advisors.
ICCRC sets strict requirements for RCICs. Before RCICs may practice, they must complete an education program, pass an exam, and meet other mandatory requirements. After licensing, they must comply with the regulations, policies and codes of ICCRC to ensure that they meet appropriate standards professional competence and conduct.https://iccrc-crcic.ca/become-a-rcic/
How I became an immigration consultant?
After completing the immigration practitioner program at the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (previous regulator), I became a student member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants to prepare myself for my future practice.
With the support of Full Skills Exam Prep, I passed the Full Skills Exam (now RCIC Entry-to-Practice Exam) on my first attempt and became a Canadian immigration consultant licensed by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
How many immigration consultants are in Canada?
Since November 21, 2019, ICCRC regulates 6,120 RCICs and 195 Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) world-wide.
How to start an immigration consultant business in Canada?
The newly licensed Canadian immigration consultant must create a proper business and advertisement strategy to succeed. A junior RCIC should complete a business or marketing program to generate income fast. Most consultants get their clients through referrals, SEO and Social Media.
Tips: Work on gaining expertise, experience and a good reputation. Do not offer your services on a pro bono basis, if you need to work for a living. Set your fees and stick to them. Never negotiate your fees. Always get paid in advance. Cash flow is king! Otherwise you will be out of business in no time.
The Canadian immigration industry is growing and maturing. Hence, the market is big. Every new RCIC should focus on what they love to practice. In my opinion, it is better to be a generalist rather than a specialist, versatile and adept at many areas. Diversification is key! If you want to thrive – not just survive.
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