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In an increasingly interconnected world, the dream of living and working abroad has become a compelling aspiration for countless individuals seeking new opportunities, diverse cultures, and a fresh start. However, navigating the intricate pathways of immigration laws and procedures can often be overwhelming, with seemingly insurmountable barriers standing between individuals and their desired destinations. It is in these moments that the expertise of immigration consultants shines, providing a beacon of hope and guidance for those embarking on their immigration journey.

In this article, we delve into the world of immigration consultants, shedding light on their pivotal role in facilitating seamless transitions and opening doors to new possibilities. Whether you’re a prospective immigrant seeking a smooth immigration process, an employer hoping to navigate hiring international talent, or simply curious about the workings of this profession, this comprehensive guide will equip you with the essential knowledge to understand and make the most of the services provided by immigration consultants.

From demystifying the role of an immigration consultant to unveiling the benefits they offer, we will explore four key insights that will empower you to embark on your immigration journey with confidence. Let’s embark on this enlightening exploration together and discover the invaluable support that immigration consultants provide to individuals and organizations alike.

1. Who is an immigration consultant?

Immigration consultant help people immigrate from one country to another for study, work, travel, or business purpose. They provide legal services in the area of immigration law as permitted by legislation. 

Earn your Immigration Consultant Diploma in one year or less

Earn your Immigration Consultant Diploma in one year or less

2. What Does an Immigration Consultant Do?

The responsibilities of immigration consultant job include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing clients’ chances of being approved for a visa;
  • Preparing clients for VISA interviews, if needed;
  • Helping prepare a clients’ immigration applications and paperwork, or proofreading them to ensure they are accurate and error-free; and
  • Assisting clients in all facets of immigration to Canada, including family sponsorship, express entry, refugee claims, permanent residency, or studying/working in Canada.

3. How are immigration consultants regulated in Canada?

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is a national regulatory body that serves and protects the public by overseeing licensed immigration and citizenship consulting and international student advising professionals. The ICCRC is designated by the government of Canada to regulate Canadian immigration, citizenship, and international student advising services.

In order to become immigration consultants, you must obtain the obtain proper designations. You will be required to pass the Full Skills Examination administered by the ICCRC. Qualified service providers of these regulated professions are known as RCICs and Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs).

4. How much do immigration consultants make?

According to PayScale Canada, the average salary is C$46,767 per year. The average annual salary for an immigration consultant ranges from $30,732 to $66,965. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job, and common health benefits such as dental, medical, and vision are available for all professionals in this field.

5. How to become an immigration consultant?

To register with the ICCRC and become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), there are several requirements you need to meet.

You need to have Knowledge of Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law; clean police background checks for all countries you have lived in for 6+ months since you were 18 years old; meet a certain language test standard (for instance, a score of 6.5 in listening, reading, writing and speaking in IELTS); complete a post-secondary accredited program, such as the Immigration Consultants Course we offer at Bay & Queen Campus and Mississauga Campus; and pass the ICCRC Full Skills Exam. You also need to obtain citizenship or permanent residence of Canada or Indian Status.

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Academy of Learning Career College’s Immigration Consultant Diploma program

The Immigration Consultant Diploma program at the Academy of Learning Career College is designed to prepare students for a wide range of opportunities within the immigration consultancy field. Students learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of the profession required to advise and represent potential immigrants before Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board, and the Canadian Border Services Agency.

The accredited Immigration Consultant Diploma program also prepares students to write the Full Skills Examination administered by the ICCRC to obtain their RCIC designation.

Learn more about the Academy of Learning Career College’s Immigration Consultant Program.

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