New profession for Andrea
June 17, 2016 is Day Zero. It is now official. I am a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). This means that, effective immediately, I am fully licensed (and regulated), and am able to practice as an Immigration Consultant.
I was advised by the Council by e-mail at 4:12 p.m. It is both the end of a year-long journey through the nine-course qualification procedure, through the afternoon-long final exam, and the start of a new line of business for me. I have completed the paperwork and application process to set up the new business, which even now has its first client.
The new entity, by the way, is called Upper Canada Immigration Consultants. Bob has already got me my domain name, and is even now working on my new web site. I continue to own and do business as EduNational Canada.
A practicing consultant
My course marks were all in the 90s. A year of slaving away at a hot computer is behind me, and now the business challenge of finding and assisting high-quality prospective newcomers to Canada lies ahead.
As one of my friends told me when I advised him that I had passed the Full Skills Examination: “That was the easy part, Andrea. Now comes the real test of finding the best program and using the best strategy to succeed in each application that you undertake for a client”. I have a feeling that he is right. But this is the sort of stuff I really like.
To be able to find the best route possible for a client, and to succeed at it is what I hope is going to become the core competence of my business. It all sounds very exciting, and I am so very happy that it is a new beginning for me. Having spent 15 years working in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, I can now focus on citizenship and immigration as a new line of business. So I am now open to receiving referrals from my wonderful family and friends.
Wish me luck. Here I go down a new path!