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Canada’s new College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants officially opens


On November 23, 2021 marked the official opening of Canada’s College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).

The College is now the official regulator of immigration and citizenship consultants across the country.

All paid consultants must be licensed by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants to work with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

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You don’t have to hire a consultant for your Canadian immigration or citizenship application. But if you choose to do so, choose carefully and be sure they are licensed by CICC.

See Check if your consultant is authorized and How to choose an immigration or citizenship consultant.

Powers of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants also has new powers and tools to:

  • investigate professional misconduct
  • discipline its licensees, and
  • protect the public from unlicensed consultants

This is a significant step in the fight against immigration fraud. See Immigration Scam Alert.

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Canada is one of the top destinations in the world, with millions of people from across the globe hoping to come here every year to settle, visit or work. To navigate the immigration system, many people turn to consultants or other services for help. While nearly all operate honestly, unscrupulous actors can exploit the system and take advantage of people. That’s why the Government of Canada is strengthening the regulation of immigration consultants to protect those who wish to come here.

IRCC News Release – November 24, 2021

The new College is a key part of the government’s efforts to fight fraud in Canada’s immigration system. It builds on significant action over the past few years, including an investment of $50 million to fight fraud and new educational tools to help applicants identify fraudulent activity.

The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants will also protect the public from unlicensed consultants by

  • entering a consultant’s premises to gather information for an investigation
  • compelling witnesses to appear and testify before its Discipline Committee
  • requesting court injunctions to address unlicensed actors providing immigration or citizenship advice without authorization

New immigration consultants regulations

Canada has also introduced new, higher standards for consultants. Notably, aspiring consultants must:

  • already hold a bachelor’s degree
  • complete the new competency-based graduate diploma program
  • when licensed, complete annual continuing professional development requirements, and
  • undergo an annual practice assessment

A code of professional conduct for the College will play a major role in establishing and maintaining strong ethical and professional standards by which all licensed consultants must abide.

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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.