Licensed Consultant v/s Unlicensed consultant

Licensed Consultant v/s Unlicensed consultant – Know the difference and make the right choice

“A balanced life, community living and universal healthcare” – These were the things Rishi and Amrit aimed to achieve when they decided to move to Canada. After doing  all the research on Canada immigration, it was time to start looking for a good consultant who can help them file their Canada PR application. 

They started talking to friends and family to find a good reference and finally decided to go for a consultant suggested by a friend. With dreams in their eyes, they reached the office of the consultant and went through a profile evaluation session. 

Everything was going well it seems till the time the payment was due. Once done, cracks started to show. The consultant was never available whenever they visited the office in person. Picking calls were too old-fashioned for him. But they had lucky days when they managed  to get a hold on the consultant and understand  from him the next course of action in their PR journey but they also weren’t that fruitful. Crucial details used to get missed out, prolonging the process and even leading to one rejection. 


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Rishi and Amrit were baffled. They had a strong profile, good academic background with a strong skill set, and a kickass IELTS score. 

So, “Why the unnecessary delays?” 

Because the consultant, their friend suggested, was not a Licensed Immigration Consultant or what you call an Unlicensed Consultant. He was a localite, who knew Canada immigration through experience and not through academics. He knows just what you and I can know through the internet. He is not an expert and even the Canadian government does not support such consultants.

Are you wondering now, 

Well! These questions are natural and in this article, we are going to answer these questions for you. 

What is a Licensed Consultant or an RCIC?

A Licensed Consultant or a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) is an authorized immigration and citizenship representative hired to evaluate and submit your visa application on your behalf. 

RCICs are experts in the immigration field and can guide you with the best way to move to Canada. After going through rigorous curriculum and training in the Canada immigration process, they are the most qualified individuals to walk you through the overwhelming immigration journey.

Why Do I Need A Consultant?

Did you know, Canada has more than 60+ immigration options for you to explore? Now can you tell for sure which one would work best for you? Having an expert in Canada immigration consultants can help ensure a smooth and stress-free process  while exploring the best route to move to Canada. 

Still not sure?

Here are 4 benefits of hiring an immigration consultant in Canada:

1. Visa Selection Guidance

Every immigration application is unique. To make the correct visa selection, you need the assistance of immigration experts who can guide you and provide you with the best possible strategy to reach Canada. 

Keel’s army of professional immigration consultants can simplify the entire immigration process for you and help you pick the program that can work in your favour. 

They can assist you in preparing an immigration application that can fetch you the maximum points thereby increasing your chance of getting a Canadian Visa. 

2. Understanding And Resolving Complex Issues

Identifying the best program is not enough. The process of arriving in Canada is a bit complicated and navigating through the immigration process can be tricky. 

A lot of complications and unanswered questions can come up while preparing the documents on your own. A Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant can help you every step of the way and can guide you to overcome all these hiccups with ease. 

With an immigration expert by your side, you will get your Canadian Visa in a stress free manner. Not only this, you will also have a better sense of what all to expect once you land in Canada.

3. Well-Prepared And Well-Presented Immigration Application

Canadian Immigration Consultants can help you prepare a well-presented immigration application that is acceptable to the Canadian Immigration authorities. This is especially important if you have a special case or if you feel your application is not strong enough.



4. Fast and Efficient

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants can prepare your application for permanent residence in a much faster and efficient manner thus reducing the overall processing time of your application. 

This gives you an edge and increases your chance of getting shortlisted by Canadian Immigration authorities.

How best I can judge if this is a genuine consultant this time and not the same old Unlicensed Consultant in the disguise of a Licensed one?

Even though people have started to get aware, it is a sad truth that we still have Unlicensed Consultants all over the country to misguide you and take away your money. So here are the 7 red flags you should always look out for before hiring an immigration consultant for filing your Canada PR application.

  1. Unwilling to prove their membership with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) by refusing to provide their RCIC number. 
  2. Guarantees for successful application rather than providing a clear picture of your case.
  3. Refusal to sign a retainer contract.
  4. No online presence that is an authentic website and not amazing but a decent social media presence with value content. 
  5. Ask for money for a job offer or promising a job offer. Consultants are not recruiters and they do not hire on behalf of anyone. 
  6. Unusual payment terms, for example, only pay by cash. 
  7. Unable to file and submit the application but ask you to submit it instead.

Where can I find a Licensed Consultant? 

Our team of expert Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) have helped a lot of people get Canada PR the right way. If you also want to immigrate to Canada in a transparent and hassle-free manner or if your Canada PR application got rejected in the past, Keel provides you with the best, fastest, and most transparent immigration application filing tech platform. 

Our streamlined immigration services will take care of your immigration process from the day you decide to change your life until settling in Canada. 

We will assign you an RCIC best suited to your immigration needs and he will take care of your application and handhold you throughout the process to make sure all the paperwork is done right. 

Schedule your call today, and let’s make your Canada dream a reality.

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