If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, you must have known about RCIC and immigration lawyers. However, very few people know the difference and their roles and responsibilities. In the blog, we will know more about them in detail.

Who is an Immigration Lawyer?

An Immigration lawyer is a person whose job is to provide legal advice to clients. He performs various duties for clients single-handedly. He is the right person in the process of getting a permanent residence, study permits, work permits, family sponsorship, and more.Immigration lawyers are regulated by The Law Society of Upper Canada.

They may help you to enter Canada even if you are admissible. Moreover, they also offer assistance to clients who wish to sponsor a family member.

Who is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)?

An RCIC is an authorized immigration consultant or representative or advisor who is responsible to handle your visa application. He must be a member of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).

He is a certified and authorized person who represents and guides you throughout your PR application process.

An RCIC offers specialized legal services both in immigration and refugee matters. However, they do not need to go to law school to attain the qualification. A one-year certificate is required to become a registered RCIC immigration consultant.

Why you should hire an RCIC Consultant?

The process of immigration includes paperwork and deadlines which is not an exciting thing to do. But an RCIC manages everything for you.

An RCIC does the following tasks for you:

  • Planning a meet-up with Canadian Immigration authorities on your behalf.
  • Managing all your documentation work and paperwork for you.
  • Implementing a personalized strategy for you.
  • Guiding you about the entire Canadian visa system and immigration options
  • Updating you with the latest immigration policies.

How to Check if the immigration lawyer and RCIC are authorized?

The process to verify the status of both an RCIC and an immigration lawyer is similar. The only important factor that needs to be ensured is their membership with CICC.

To check if they are authorized, you must follow the following process;

Step 1: Visit the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants’ (CICC) Website

Step 2: Insert the details of your RCIC and immigration lawyer. The details include the RCIC number, company name, etc.