College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (the College) licenses and regulates Canadian immigration and citizenship consultants in the public interest.

There are 2 types of immigration and citizenship consultants we regulate:

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), and
Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs).
The College’s role, its statutory authority, and its powers are set out in:

The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act,
The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and
The Citizenship Act.
Our statutory authority applies to immigration and citizenship consultants whether they practise in Canada or abroad.

NOTE: The College regulates Canadian immigration and citizenship consultants. We do not provide immigration advice, process immigration applications, or influence any decision related to immigration.

Anyone who wants to provide Canadian immigration or citizenship advice or representation for a fee (or for any other benefit) must be one of the following:

A licensee in good standing with the College
A member of a Canadian law society, or
A member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
In other words, if someone is not already a lawyer or a notaire, they must have a licence from the College to work as a Regulated Canadian immigration consultant.

Why Regulation?
For many newcomers to Canada, working with a professional immigration or citizenship consultant is a step toward a better future.

Belonging to a self-regulated profession that helps so many people is a privilege. With that privilege comes the responsibility to know and meet the professional and ethical obligations demanded of an immigration and citizenship consultant.

What We Do
What is a regulatory college?
The College’s role as a regulator
Why trust a licensed immigration and citizenship consultant?
What We Do
The College regulates immigration and citizenship consultants in the public interest and protects the public by:

Establishing and administering qualification standards, standards of practice, and continuing education requirements for licensees;
Ensuring compliance with the Code of Professional Conduct; and
Undertaking public awareness activities.
Licensing
We license RCICs and RISIAs, ensuring they meet and follow high standards of education, competence and professional ethics.

Ongoing Education
We support the lifelong learning needs of licensees. All RCICs and RISIAs must participate in ongoing learning opportunities every year to maintain their licence.

Complaints and Discipline
Licensees must comply with the College’s Code of Professional Conduct (the Code).

We investigate complaints about RCICs and RISIAs whose conduct fails to meet the standards of the profession.

We also maintain a professional discipline process to sanction licensees (when appropriate to do so) who do not comply with the Code.

Compensation Fund
The Federal Government will set out regulations for the establishment of a Compensation Fund that will be operated by the College. The purpose of the fund is to help people who have been adversely affected by the activities of a licensee.

Once the Fund is operational, we will release more details about who will be eligible to apply and how they can make a claim.

We do not give immigration advice
The College regulates Canadian immigration and citizenship consultants in the public interest. We do not provide immigration advice, process immigration applications, or influence any decision related to immigration.

If you need immigration or citizenship advice, contact an RCIC or RISIA using the contact information on our Public Register.

The College’s transition from ICCRC
The College was created by an act of the Canadian Parliament: The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act (Canada) (“the College Act”).

The College Act was passed by Parliament in June 2019.

Pursuant to an order of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) was continued as the College on November 23, 2021.

Current Opportunities

  • Lead Counsel – Professional Conduct

    Toronto
    Posted: November 24, 2021
    Deadline to Apply:

    The Lead Counsel will work under the general direction of the Director of Professional Conduct and exercise initiative and independent judgment in the performance of assigned tasks. This role manages the discipline team which includes lawyers, a law clerk and a law student.

  • Corporate Secretary

    Burlington
    Posted:
    Deadline to Apply:

    The Corporate Secretary is responsible for providing advice and support on: Corporate governance best practices; statutory and governmental reporting obligations; legal, policy and administrative matters to the President & CEO and COO; and overall coordination to the Board of Directors and Board Committees.

  • Manager, Professional Standards and Education

    Burlington
    Posted:
    Deadline to Apply:

    The Manager, Professional Standards and Education is responsible for quality, maintenance, interpretation, and development of the professional and certification standards to support the attainment of credibility, competence, relevance, and performance for licensees.