An immigration consultant is a professional “who assesses, advises, and represents individuals, groups, or entities in the immigration process by strategizing, preparing, and presenting oral/written submissions and supporting documents, and advocating on behalf of clients with government bodies as an authorized representative of individuals in the immigration and refugee system, has a privileged role to play in maintaining the integrity of Canada’s immigration system and the administration of justice. Despite any request or demand to the contrary received from any person, an ICCRC member must uphold the rule of law and act at all times honestly and in good faith towards immigration officials, without intent to deceive or undermine the integrity of the system, or assist others to do so.
All immigration consultants dealing with the Government of Quebec must be registered with it and be certified by Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC / the Council). The regulation concerning immigration consultants (Règlement sur les consultants en immigration) came into force November 4, 2010. The regulation requires that any person who wishes to advise, assist, or represent, for remuneration, another person making application to the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC) must apply to the M.I.C.C. for recognition in order to act as an immigration consultant and must be recognized and registered with the Quebec Register of Immigration Consultants (Registre québécois des consultants en immigration).
The purpose of the Immigration Consulting AEC is to train immigration consultants to meet the certification requirements of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC / the Council) in order to be eligible for M.I.C.C. registration.
Report of the Advisory Committee on Regulating Immigration Consultants. 2003. Appendix B, extract from DACUM for Immigration Counsel, p. 64.