Have you ever been troubled with the decision of whether or not to hire an immigration consultant or just apply by yourself? Here are a few points that you might want to consider before making this important call.
Not all “consultants” are created equal.
There are a lot of “ghost” consultants out there, who operate without having a license from the Regulatory body of immigration consultants known as ICCRC or Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Since they do not have the license, this means that they are not allowed to give immigration advice for a fee or consideration. If they do, it is a serious crime punishable by fine and jail time. Also, this means that there is no check and balance on them and they can treat the clients however they like without any accountability. RCICs as the title suggests are Regulated by ICCRC and follow a certain code professionally.
2. RCICs have gone through a process
The Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants or RCICs become consultants after going through a rigorous process, where they study immigration law through one of the designated and ICCRC approved Canadian colleges, and go through a number of discussions, assignments, exams before they obtain their license. Going through this intensive process builds a lot of knowledge related to Canadian immigration law instead of just having tribal knowledge. This ensures that the clients have a maximum chance of success when their complete application package is put forth to IRCC.
3. Calculate the ROI
Sure, you can save some money by applying yourself. And there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, this makes no difference to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) whether you apply yourself or hire a consultant. But say you do hire an RCIC just to make sure everything is done as best as it can be, and you get your Canadian visa, wouldn’t that justify the cost? If you believe that paying this fee justifies you having peace of mind, confidence and saving your time, then go ahead and work with an RCIC.