In Canada, the role of an immigration consultant is to advise individuals, employers, and organizations on immigration-related matters. They ensure applicants meet the legal requirements of Canada’s immigration laws. Immigration consultants help people navigate the immigration system.
In general, immigration consultants oversee all aspects of the visa and immigration process. They:
- Advise clients of their legal rights and all matters related to immigration and citizenship law
- Help clients obtain visas and other documentation for temporary entries and permanent residence
- Ensure clients complete applications and submit them on time
- Ensure the client provides accurate and up-to-date information
- Research legal precedents
- Gather evidence regarding applicants’ claims about their home countries
- Communicate with clients in person and in writing
- Determine a client’s next steps if their application is refused
Immigration consultants may help human resources personnel understand immigration rules related to their organization’s foreign workers.
Some immigration consultants have specialized or limited duties.
Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (RCIC-IRB) licence holders are the only ones authorized to practise before the IRB. They:
- Represent clients at tribunals and before administrative bodies, including Canadian visa offices abroad
- Attend administrative law tribunals with the IRB
- Apply for appeals if applications are denied before the IRB
Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) are authorized to provide immigration advice only to students. They:
- Work for Canadian designated learning institutions that are approved to host international students
- Offer guidance to international students
- Help international students apply for study permits or temporary resident visas
A citizenship consultant offers Canadian citizenship consulting services. Some consultants offer both immigration and citizenship consulting services.