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:

  • grants citizenship,
  • issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians; and
  • promotes multiculturalism. [Source]
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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Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting

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“This article provides information of a general nature only. It may no longer be current. It does not provide legal advice nor should it be relied upon. If you have specific legal questions you should consult a lawyer. If you are looking for official immigration advice contact us.”

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Al Parsai

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.

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