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Immigration Consultant

Immigration consultants assist with the legal and document requirements of relocating to Canada. This includes helping new immigrants avoid legal issues and assist with securing a visa.

  • Avg. Salary $66,708.00
  • Avg. Wage $35.44
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 3,900
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Naturalization Consultant, Visa Consultant

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

44%
44%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Duties
Updated Dec 15, 2016

In Canada, the role of an immigration consultant is to advise and assist immigrants in navigating the immigration system, and ensuring that they comply or meet the legal requirements of the Canadian immigration system.

In general, immigration consultants:

  • oversee all aspects of the visa and immigration process
  • assist clients to obtain visas and other documentation required
  • communicate with clients in person and in writing
  • ensure all relevant immigration applications and documents are completed and submitted within the time limits
  • ensure that all of the information provided by the client is accurate and up to date
  • prepare all fee quotes and any information required by clients, colleagues or authorities
  • may be required to train some human resources (HR) personnel in enhancing their understanding of immigration rules.

Some immigration consultants work for organizations that utilize foreign workers. Therefore knowledge and experience with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or other Canadian immigration programs (for example, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) may also be required.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Immigration consultants usually work in an office environment. They typically work a standard weekday office hours. However, some immigration consultants may travel and overtime may be required occasionally.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Immigration consultants need the following characteristics:

  • good interpersonal skills
  • good communication skills, including interviewing, public speaking and writing skills
  • organization and time management skills
  • analytical and investigative skills
  • common sense and good judgment.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Immigration consultants are experts in immigration law and procedures. Most employers prefer applicants to have a post-secondary degree in human resources, business administration or management. Some successful immigration consultants have a bachelor's degree or years of experience in middle and upper levels of management.

Immigration consultants also must be able to stay up to date with any changes to immigration legislation and procedures.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Academy of Learning - Calgary South

Academy of Learning - Edmonton Downtown

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Under Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (paragraph 91(2)(c)), immigration consultants, in Canada or abroad, who provide Canadian immigration services for a fee must be registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and accredited as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Details on mandatory requirements and the process for registration are available on the ICCRC website.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Immigration consultants are self-employed or employed by established consulting firms. Those who are self-employed must market their services, and establish and maintain professional credibility.

Immigration consultants employed by consulting firms may become team leaders and, later, senior consultants. After gaining experience as an employee in a consulting firm, many immigration consultants set up their own firms. Even experienced and respected consultants who leave salaried positions to become consultants often must subcontract their services to established consultants to begin establishing their own client base.

Immigration consultants are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4164: Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 3,500 Albertans are employed in the Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 39 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As immigration consultants form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for immigration consultants. 

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016
Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
NOC code: 4164

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Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.48 $41.30 $29.65 $28.99
Overall $22.50 $52.25 $35.44 $33.78
Top $24.34 $53.85 $38.98 $38.45

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

44%
44%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

17%
17%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

7%
7%

2015 Vacancy Rate

3%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Languages (other than English)
  • Social Studies
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Management and Marketing
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Legal Studies
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Social Sciences, Law and Religious Studies
  • Social, Community and Protective Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants website: www.capic.ca

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council website: www.iccrc-crcic.ca

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Updated Mar 26, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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