How to verify my immigration consultant

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 a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). However, it is not difficult to verify if someone is part of the ICCRC and therefore he/she 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 ICCRC. The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council is the body that regulates Canadian immigration, citizenship, and international student advising services. 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 ICCRC, you must follow these steps:

  1. Visit: https://iccrc-crcic.ca/find-a-professional-frame/
  2. Write the name and surname of the immigration consultant: Alireza Parsai.
  3. Click on Search
  4. Verify that the status of the consultant is active as seen in the image below:

How to verify my immigration consultant

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 ICCRC in order to offer immigration services for a fee.

Tip 2: An Immigration Consultant must provide you with a retainer agreement/contract 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.

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