How to verify my immigration consultant
We know that sometimes it is difficult to trust people or companies to carry out your immigration process in Canada. This is understandable because there are unauthorized representatives who pretend to be Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC). However, it is not difficult to verify if someone is part of the College of Immigration Consultants of Canada (CICC) and therefore he/she/they can legally offer you Canadian immigration advice.
How to verify my immigration consultant
Before I continue with the steps, let me tell you more about the CICC, formerly ICCRC. The College of Immigration Consultants of Canada is the body that regulates immigration and citizenship consultants across Canada. Further, permitted service providers of these regulated professions are known as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) and Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs). [Source]
To verify if your immigration consultant is with the CICC, you must follow these steps:
- Visit: Find an Immigration Consultant
- Write the name and surname of the immigration consultant (e.g., for Alireza (Al) Parsai type in Parsai).
- Click on Search
- Verify that the status of the consultant is active as seen in the image below:
Other entities that you may contact
- Quebec consultants
- Quebec notary publics
- Provincial bar associations (for provincial lawyers): Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick.
- Territorial law societies (for territorial lawyers): Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut.
These are reliable organizations you may contact. Do not contact other immigration firms. Moreover, please stay away from a firm that hesitates in sharing their licence information with you.
3 Tips to prevent fraud
Tip 1: Someone who holds a diploma from an immigration practitioner’s program is not necessarily an Immigration Consultant. Of course, they need to register first with CICC in order to offer immigration services for a fee.
Tip 2: An Immigration Consultant must provide you with a retainer agreement or a service agreement before services begin. Both need to sign and date this document (you and the licensed Immigration Consultant). Please, be aware that the retainer must contain Immigration Consultant’s full legal name along with their license number.
Tip 3: If you hired a person for immigration services, you also need to sign a Use of a Representative Form (IMM5476). This person shouldn’t declare they are a friend or family member when they are not.
Does Parsai Immigration Services have proper licences?
Al Parsai is a member of CICC. He has practiced as a licensed practitioner since Jan 17, 2011. Moreover, Al manages our main office in downtown Toronto. While CICC does not offer licences to corporations, they recognize the practitioners who manage those organizations. David Akinmoluwa, who practices under Parsai Immigration Services, is a member of CICC, too. David operates in Edmonton, Alberta. Our other licensed practitioner is Godfrey Mathias. He is based in Fort Erie, Ontario.
If you are willing to hire us, fill out our assessment form. Alternatively, you may book a consultation session with Al Parsai. To hire David, contact him directly. Regardless, you may fill out the following form to contact us.
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