Your Canadian immigration specialist makes a vast difference in the successful application of your immigration. For this reason, you should equip yourself with the necessary knowledge to choose a consultant that can give you the best answers for your situation.

A Canadian immigration specialist can either be a regulated consultant or an immigration lawyer. Both types give guidance, prepare documents, and submit your applications, but only lawyers are authorized to represent you in a court of law. However, that doesn’t make lawyers the better option as consultants. Both types are functionally the same as an immigration specialist, and only an individual’s track record and review should influence your decision when hiring one.

Aside from the two immigration specialist types, here are some things you should consider:

1. ICCRC registration number or provincial bar association listing

If you’re paying for Canadian immigration representative, you need to make sure they hold the proper license to operate as either an immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer. Do not work with people who can’t provide the appropriate credentials. Otherwise, you’ll get scammed from getting advice from a non-professional and uncredited person.

Regulated Canadian immigration consultants, or shortened as RCIC, possess a valid RCIC number that proves they are in good terms with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council or the ICCRC. When your consultant provides their RCIC number, verify their credibility on ICCRC’s site.

Regulated Canadian immigration lawyers can provide you with a link to their listing before proceeding with anything. You can verify their listing with Canada’s various bar associations as well.

2. Retainer/contract coverage and one-time consultations

Make sure that you know and understand the full details of the extent of your contract. Otherwise, you’ll have trouble in the future in case any unprecedented event delays the processing time of your chosen immigration program.

Also, it is essential to know if they offer one-consultations. In the unlikely event that your contract expires, and you’re still in the immigration process, a one-time consultation allows you to seek your consultant’s expertise.

3. The best immigration program

The immigration specialist should be able to tell you which programs work best for your situation before you sign any cont\racts. This prior consultation is a good indicator of whether the consultant can satisfactorily explain your options to you. If not, it is best to find another one.

4. Chances of success in passing the program

You must remember that no reputable immigration specialist guarantees 100 percent success in any immigration program. It is a big red flag if someone guarantees your sure success with confidence. When someone offers you this, run away. On the contrary, a reputable immigration specialist can provide an estimate of chances before you sign any contract. 

5. Family members’ eligibility to apply for immigration

Various immigration programs include family members. However, the plan that may be best for you may not cover your family as well. Consult with your immigration specialist if you can include your family members in your program. If not, discuss your options in the future.


The questions listed above are vital indicators when hiring a Canadian immigration specialist. When an immigration specialist cannot satisfactorily answer these questions, be in doubt, and look for another one.

If you’re looking for a Canada immigration agency with reputable Canadian immigration consultants and lawyers, reach out to us today to see how we can help process your immigration.

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