Ongoing changes to Canada’s immigration programs have led to increased challenges for people immigrating for business, work, travel, or study. As the regulations evolve, many are relying on Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants to assist in obtaining work permits and visas.

But what how can an Immigration Consultant help ensure your best chance of successful entry into Canada? Below we review the responsibilities of a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the benefits of hiring one.

 

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What are the Roles and Responsibilities of an Immigration Consultant?

In essence, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) provides advice and representation on all Canadian immigration matters, assisting:

  • Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada for business, work, travel, or study; and,
  • Companies employing temporary foreign workers for their operations in Canada.

An Immigration Consultant’s responsibilities include:

  • Assessing individual circumstances for immigration and advising on the best entry approach;
  • Helping clients prepare and submit applications and supporting documentation;
  • Communicating with government agencies, such as Service Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, during the application process.

What are the Benefits of Hiring an Immigration Consultant?

1. In-Depth Knowledge and Expertise

Canadian immigration law is complex, with over 60 programs covering different types of immigration scenarios. Entry requirements vary dependent on each case and/or industry. Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are knowledgeable in Canadian immigration law and will assess each case. They will then advise on the most appropriate entry category.

During the application process, an Immigration Consultant can assist with the following:

  • Arranging translation services
  • Filling out forms
  • Obtaining the appropriate permits
  • Ensuring applications are submitted correctly.

Some Immigration Consultants also have expertise in immigration legislation related to specific industries. For example, immigration regulations applicable to offshore industries differ from that of onshore activity. As a result, an Immigration Consultant experienced in the offshore sector can ensure a greater chance of successful entry for vessel crews and other offshore personnel.

Furthermore, your Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant will monitor the status of your temporary foreign workers, advise when work permits or visas are about to expire, and guide you through the reapplication and/or extension process. They will also provide advice when changes to Canadian immigration programs have the potential to impact workers and your business operations.

2. Time & Cost Savings

Understanding the rules and regulations, managing the application process, and communicating with government departments requires a lot of time and resources. Most businesses do not have the in-house resources to manage these requirements.

Without the appropriate resources or expertise, managing immigration services can be risky. Choosing the wrong category or even using the wrong version of a form can lead to costly setbacks due to extended processing times, entry delays, or refusals. Seasonal industries (e.g. offshore oil and gas, marine, agriculture, etc.) are particularly affected due to the unique characteristics of these industries. For instance, short-term projects contribute to an influx of applications, causing even longer processing times by governmental agencies.

An accredited Immigration Consultant can alleviate the stress of understanding the regulations and dealing with government procedures, allowing you focus on your core business.

3. Serve Your Best Interests

Immigrating to Canada can be a long and challenging process. An Immigration Consultant will assess cases on an individual basis and provide advice on the best entry option. Furthermore, they will ensure applications submitted are accurate and complete, on the correct forms, and with proper supporting documentation.

They will advise on important deadlines for submission and communicate with governmental departments, such as Service Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, on your behalf to ensure any points of clarification are addressed.

They will make the immigration process as smooth and efficient as possible to ensure you have foreign workers in place to carry out your business operations and projects as planned.

How to Select a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant

Immigration fraud is a growing issue in Canada and there are many unauthorized representatives offering Immigration Consulting services. Therefore, when hiring an Immigration Consultant, ensure you select a regulated, reputable professional. 

 

ICCRC’s Tips on How to Recognize Unauthorized Practitioners

 

1. Are they Regulated?

Federal law requires anyone providing immigration services to be either a member of the Immigration Consultants of Regulatory Council (ICCRC), a Canadian law society, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

To become registered as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with ICCRC, individuals must complete the Immigration Practitioner Program (IPP) through an accredited institution, undergo a rigorous application process, and successfully write the Full Skills Exam. Once regulated, they must maintain their skills and knowledge through continued education and work experience. Once approved, the Immigration Consultant is added to the ICCRC’s Registry of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants.

ICCRC regulates RCICs by enforcing a Code of Professional Ethics, accrediting and auditing IPPs, and delivering Practice Management Education and Continuing Professional Development.

2. Are They Recognized?

ICCRC is the leading authority for Immigration Consulting in Canada. Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants must obtain and uphold their RCIC designation through ICCRC. Therefore, when choosing an Immigration Consultant, first check ICCRC’s Registry of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants. The registry provides a list of all RCICs in Canada, as well as their designated Consultant Identification Number and their status.

RCICs may also be members of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and attend annual National Citizenship and Immigration Conferences. These conferences include integrated and interactive panels on key areas of immigration practice.

3. Are They Experienced?

Ensure the RCIC has experience in providing the services you require. Ask about their experience with the specific entry option you are pursuing (e.g., Temporary Foreign Worker Program, etc.) and experience in your particular sector/industry.

You may also consider conducting your own research online to determine their status (e.g. ICCRC Registry of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants, LinkedIn Profile, company website, etc.).

Choose PF Collins

Careful planning and an understanding of Canadian immigration regulations are key to avoiding delays, fines, or refusals of workers. Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants can provide expert advice to make the immigration process as smooth and efficient as possible.

Contact us today at 1-888-763-2255 or [email protected] to learn more about our Immigration Consulting services!

 

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