Making the choice to immigrate to Canada is a big step for anyone and can be quite complicated when trying to do it on your own, which is why the Canadian government has permitted qualified and registered individuals to assist you with the application process. These individuals are known as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants or RCICs.
In order to become an accredited RCIC, consultants undergo rigorous testing and are only allowed to provide a paid visa application assistance if they are registered and in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). There has, however, been a huge influx of immigration fraud cases lately in the form of fake job offers, copycat websites, telephonic and email scams as well as people pretending to be RCICs. But how can you tell the fake from the real? We break down some key points to keep in mind when choosing an RCIC.
How to Tell if Your RCIC is a Fake or Real
Finding a trustworthy Canadian visa and immigration agency is easier said than done. With scam artists finding more and more ways to dupe unsuspecting visa applicants out of their hard-earned money, it is becoming more and more difficult to spot the fake from the real. This is why, in this article, we will take a closer look at ways that you can determine whether or not your chosen Canadian visa consultant is a scam or real. So, let's take look at one of our own RCICs so that you can tell what to look out for in a reputable immigration consultant.
David Allon is a highly qualified and accredited RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, who holds numerous qualifications, including a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA), a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Government, and a Diploma in European Studies. He also has years of Canadian immigration experience and has had the privilege to help thousands of visa applicants make their Canadian dream a reality. So, what makes a legitimate immigration consultant and how can you spot fraud?
1. Your RCIC Should be Qualified and Registered
As mentioned earlier, RCICs are required to complete rigorous training through an Accredited Immigration Practitioner Program (IPPs) in order to receive their registration number and become a member of the ICCRC. Having the registration number allows you to check if your RCIC has been accredited as well as whether they are in good standing with the Canadian Government. To check the details of your RCIC simply visit the ICCRC website and enter either their registration number or name into the public register. This is important as an RCIC may be registered but could have violations, for example, not renewing his or her license. You are also permitted to ask where your RCIC obtained their qualifications from, which should be at one of the following ICCRC approved institutions:
- Academy of Learning Career College
- Anderson College of Health, Business, and Technology;
- Ashton College;
- Bow Valley College;
- CDI College;
- CSIC e-Academy;
- Herzig College;
- LaSalle College;
- The University of British Columbia.
As you can see, David Allon is a fully accredited RCIC based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is registered with Multi Dimension Consulting (MDC).
Please note that RCICs can work with more than one immigration agency. Currently, David Allon only works with Multi Dimension Consulting (MDC), CanadianVisa.org, and BCanadian. In other words, if any other agency claims that David Allon is one of their RCICs, beware. You may be dealing with fraud.
2. Your RCIC Should be Fluent in French and/or English
All RCICs must have taken an ICCRC approved language test in either English, French, or both in order to prove their ability to communicate at an exceptionally high level. Although it is not required to speak more than one language, it certainly is an asset seeing as RCICs communicate with people from all over the world. As a Canadian, David Allon is fluent in both English and French. If you find that your RCIC does not speak either English or French, you may indeed be dealing with a scam artist.
3. They Usually Come Highly Recommended
When in doubt, consult a professional. It’s very easy to find online reviews by doing a simple web search or looking at social media ratings but the reality is that good reviews can be biased, faked, or bought. At the same time, bad reviews can be fueled by misunderstandings or having had bad personal experiences with fake Canadian immigration services in the past. This is why, when looking for a review, it is good to consult platforms that look at all aspects of the immigration agency and give fair and unbiased opinions. One such platform is Canadian Visa Review. We recently discovered that MDC is one of their top 10 ranked immigration agencies and is ranked 6th globally amongst other immigration agencies.
For more information on how to tell if an immigration agency is Fake or Real visit our blog here.
Why Use a Professional Immigration Service?
Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be complicated, especially when you have to deal with the added stress of worrying about whether the Canadian visa company you are dealing with is real or fake. We not only suggest but actively encourage all our clients to check our legitimacy with the Canadian government but also to ensure that they are 100% comfortable with our services and what we offer before you allow us to take that first step with you on your Canadian journey.
With the copious amount of forms and documents needed to complete your Canadian visa application and strict submission dates to adhere to, we wouldn’t blame you if you felt nervous about starting the process. But that's what we’re here for.
At MDC, we take the stress and hassle out of planning to relocate abroad. Our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are ready to evaluate your eligibility, review all documentation and submit all documentation on your behalf. Using an RCIC not only gives you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA but will make the entire process simple and stress-free.
We handle the paperwork while you choose your dream job in Canada. All you have to do is complete our online form and we’ll take care of the rest. It's just that simple.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud immigration department is constantly cracking down on these cases. If you suspect that you have been a victim of Canadian Visa fraud, you can make an official report to the Canadian government online or telephonically.