The Minister of Immigration enacted the CICC Act

A new announcement by IRCC shows a significant change in immigration representation. Minister Mendicino has now enacted the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) Act.  Consequently, the new College will soon replace ICCRC.

Why enabling CICC?

CICC will soon replace ICCRC. However, what does that mean for immigration consultants or the public? Here is a quick list:

  • An Act of Parliament is behind CICC. Therefore, the College is much more powerful than ICCRC.
  • The new college could better monitor its members. Consequently, we could expect much more ethical practitioners in the future.
  • The College has extended powers and may open branches outside Canada. As a result, they may monitor practitioners outside Canada. Consequently, they could protect the public against ghost consultants.
  • Once and for all, CICC will end the discussion around the legitimacy of the immigration consultants’ practice.

What does this mean for the existing immigration consultants?

The members of ICCRC attended an important meeting in 2019. In that meeting, they decided ICCRC to transition to CICC. Consequently, the new regulator will adopt ICCRC in its entirety. As a result, the existing members of ICCRC will eventually become members of CICC with no or little issues. However, if they do not become members of CICC, they have to stop practicing immigration in a few months from Nov 26, 2020. Of course, the College will announce all significant dates.

What does CICC mean for the public?

If you intend to hire an immigration consultant, you may feel more confident from now on. Of course, this is because the College will have more oversight on its members. If you are a victim of fraud by an unauthorized practitioner or ghost consultant, you could seek help from CICC.

What about immigration lawyers?

Immigration lawyers must now relax and accept the reality that immigration consultants are nowhere to go. Consequently, the future of practicing immigration could see both lawyers and consultants next to each other. CICC will hopefully put an end to the discussion of consultants’ legitimacy.

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    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.