What is ICCRC, IRCC, RCIC, CIC, and CAPIC?
The world of immigration to Canada is full of abbreviations and acronyms. The following list shows some of those abbreviations.
|Acronym||What does it represent?|
|ICCRC||Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
ICCRC is the national regulatory body designated by the government of Canada in July 2011, to regulate Canadian immigration, citizenship and international student advising services. Permitted service providers of these regulated professions are known as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) and Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs). [Source]
|RCIC||Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
A member in good standing of ICCRC. A person who is authorized to receive money and offer Canadian immigration and citizenship advice or representation.
Relevant article: RCIC v. Immigration Lawyer
|IRCC||Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
Formerly known as CIC, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also:
|CIC||Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The previous name for IRCC.
|CAPIC||Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants
CAPIC is the professional organization created for regulated Canadian immigration consultants (RCICs) and founded on the four pillars of education, information, lobbying, and recognition. [Source]
|BSO||Border Services Officer
The officer you normally meet when you attempt to enter Canada through any of the borders.
|CBSA||Canada Border Services Agency
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada. [Source]
|CSIC||Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
Former regulator (prior to ICCRC) for Canadian immigration consultants. The government of Canada replaced CSIC with ICCRC in 2011.
|ESDC||Employment and Social Development Canada
An organization that monitors the Canadian job market, regulates certain aspects of employment and develops the National Occupational Classification (NOC), etc.
|RCMP||Royal Canadian Mounted Police
An acronym referring to the federal police of Canada
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