CCRC stands for Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the country-wide regulatory authority which was created by the Canadian Government to protect the consumers who obtain the services of Canadian immigration consultants.
According to the Canadian Federal law, immigration consultants who provide their assistance for Canadian immigration services for a fee need to be registered with the ICCRC and must be accredited as a RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant). This is necessary for any Canadian visa consultant, even those who are based outside of Canada.
ICCRC is the national regulatory body that oversees regulated Canadian immigration professionals. Designated by the federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, ICCRC began regulating immigration consultants in 2011, and citizenship consultants and international student advisors in 2015.
The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Citizenship Act require anyone providing Canadian immigration or citizenship advice or representation for a fee or other consideration to be a member in good standing of ICCRC. Exceptions are members in good standing of provincial or territorial law societies or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
ICCRC has a federal mandate to regulate individuals who provide Canadian immigration, citizenship, and international student advising services. Individuals who reside outside Canada and provide regulated immigration services, or whose principal location of Canadian immigration services is outside Canada, are also subject to ICCRC regulation.