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Special RCIC admissions stream for licensed paralegals

August 15, 2013

The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) are working together on a special, streamlined admissions process for licensed paralegals who want to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

Paralegals licensed by the Law Society may represent a client before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and may provide legal services to clients for matters relating to an IRB hearing. However, other immigration-related legal services not connected to an IRB hearing are outside of the paralegal scope of practice, and federal law requires professionals to be registered with and regulated by the ICCRC.

The ICCRC has published a Registration Guide for licensed paralegals in good standing with the Law Society. View it here

The special admissions stream for paralegals includes:

  • A waiver of the initial $500.00 exam fee;
  • The paralegal must have been a recipient of an accredited Immigration Practitioner Program diploma since 2004, and/or have been or is a member of a previous regulatory body of Canadian immigration consultants; and
  • A pro-rated reduction by 25% of initial partial-year membership dues, and dues of the subsequent membership year.

The next exam is November 3, 2013. Those interested in writing the exam need to apply by October 11, 2013.

More information is available at:

Office of the Registrar
1002-5500 N. Service Road
Burlington, ON
L7L 6W6

Tel:       1-877-836-7543

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