How do I know if my immigration consultant is real?

How do I know if my immigration consultant is real? It is a question asked by thousands of immigrant aspirants who wish to immigrate to Canada and looking for a reliable immigration consultant who can help them in their immigration journey.

Immigrating to Canada can be a tough job because of the different stages in the Canadian immigration process. So, it is best for the candidates to choose a trustworthy immigration consultant who can handle the process for the candidate making their immigration journey hassle-free.

What is CICC?

The Federal Government of Canada designed and is the responsible authority for the Immigrant Consultants of Canada regulatory council (CICC).

  • It protects immigrant aspirants from fraud consultants.
  • The CICC helps to build effective policies, practices, and procedures to regulate and teach immigration consultants.
  • It helps the candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada by developing and promoting authorized representatives.

Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant List

The CICC authorizes and registers an RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) representative. CICC chooses legal immigration consultants based on their skills and potential for practicing as consultants. CICC maintains a list of registered RCICs, so a candidate can go and check if the name of their immigration consultant is mentioned or not.

How to verify an immigration consultant?

Legal migration consultants must be a member of the CICC as per the Immigration and refugee protection act and citizenship act of Canada. The RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are authorized, immigration consultants. To avoid the risk of meeting any fake immigration consultant, the candidate should be aware of the following steps:

  • CICC Registration

Before starting their immigration process, a candidate should verify if their immigration consultant should be a member of the CICC. The candidate could check it by visiting the CICC website, they have to fill in the RCICs name, registration number, and their company location or name to verify if they have an immigration professional page there.

  • Not having a company email id

The candidate should be careful that the consultant uses a valid email id of their firm and not any commonly used email id from Gmail or yahoo.

  • Payments via chat apps

A legal immigration consultant will always use a foolproof transaction system. The details of the payment will be done through email, and acknowledgment of the payment will be provided to the clients. If a firm or consultant use payment via chat apps like WhatsApp, then they might be a fraud firm.

  • Professional Website

The candidate before starting their immigration process with any consultant must visit their website and look for some specific details like their domain name as it may be possible that the company name can be different from the domain name.

CICC registration

A CICC registered consultant goes through meticulous training and needs to clear various exams before practicing as a consultant. The RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) use to assess themselves by evaluating the way they work, and by following all the sets of codes of professional conduct, as per the law. A candidate who wish to become an RCIC representative should have a graduate diploma in immigration and citizenship and must pass the exam offered by the CICC.

Some other requirements to clear the exams are as follows:

  • The candidate must be 18 years old.
  • The candidate applying for the exam must be a citizen of Canada, a permanent resident, or a registered (status) Indian within the meaning of the Indian act (Canada).
  • The candidate must achieve the minimum score in a CICC-authorized English or French language proficiency test.
  • The candidate has to provide the Police Clearance Certificate
  • The candidate has to provide a good character certificate


A person registered or an immigration consultant registered with RCIC is the best for the candidates looking to immigrate to Canada. Sernexuss is a registered immigration firm with the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), and Miss Yi Han is our RCIC-certified immigration expert specializing in PNPs, Start-up visas, Express Entry streams, and international students’ immigration services.

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