Who can become immigration / Visa consultant ?

Before taking up any profession or occupation, one must understand the nature, scope, earning potential of the particular field. So first of we will give brief description of the Immigration / visa consultancy:

Scope of immigration consultancy: Now a days, there is a big trend to go abroad & after completing school education, nearly 30% of the total students prefer to study abroad & trend is growing. In addition, lots of skilled people are also migrating to other countries in search better employment avenues. So there is great market potential in the occupation.

Qualification to become immigration consultant: To adopt the occupation of immigration consulting in India, there is no specific qualification requirement. As in many professions like real estate consulting, Bank Loan selling agents, used car sale/purchase etc. no qualification is required. In all of these verticals, you have to do a kind of internship with a person or agency previously engaged in this kind of work, to gain some on-the-job practical experience. It’s a kind of “Guru-chella” arrangement.  .

Skills required for immigration consultant: Communication, convincing & networking skills.

 

Knowledge to become immigration or visa consultant: To handle the immigration consulting business you should have to gain the basic knowledge of various kind of visa’s offering by different countries. This is not difficult to gain as everything is available on the official websites of the particular countries. All the countries, encourage the prospective immigrants to check the terms & condition for eligibility to migrate & to “Do it yourself” approach. Still the people approach the consultants for help to avoid mistakes in their application process.

Types of immigration &visa consultancy services:

1. Study visa consultancy
2. Visitor Visa consultancy
3. Permanent Residency
4. Work visa consultancy
5. Business immigration consultancy
6. Multiple entry visa
7. Domestic help immigration consultancy

Who Can become immigration / Visa consultant: Since no qualification, training & exam requirement, so anybody can become immigration or study abroad consultant. Now comes the question of suitability, I am of the opinion that the service sector professionals like insurance surveyors, Insurance agents, charted accountants Lawyers & teaching professionals are most suitable people to enter into this profession.

Who should be immigration consultant?

1. Insurance Surveyors: The insurance surveyors are the kind of money distribution channels of insurance co’s. The insurance co’s disburse the client’s claim amount on the recommendations of surveyors. Read More….

2. Charted Accountants: Designation of CA is achieved by passing multiple exams & certification from a statutory BODY called ICAI. So they are qualified & certified professionals who understand the complexities business, taxation, accounting & auditing. Read More….

3. Lawyers: To be a lawyer one has to be a graduate & thereafter obtain a degree in law. So it’s considered a top-end qualification. Read more….

4. Insurance Agents: The best thing about insurance advisors is that they are licensed professionals. People need an insurance expert to find the best deal for him. And they develop relationships with prospective clients through networking and referrals. Read more…

5. Teachers: Teacher means a qualified, respected & noble professional. Teacher’s role extends beyond academics. Having in built qualities of problem solving, patience & critical thinking, they function as surrogate parents, mentors & counselors to students. Read more….

6. Graduates with large client or social network:

The reason behind the belief is that they already are in consulting / client servicing profession. The nature of work is quite similar i.e consulting, advising & documents filing. And moreover, they already have existing client network, which is growing with every passing month.

Immigration consultancy is reference & trust based business & your existing client network may provide you the platform where you can cross sell your immigration consulting services.

 

USP of service sector professionals:

(Surveyors, CA’s, Lawyers, Insurance advisors, Teaching professionals)

Most of the above professionals are licensed or certified & regulated  by professional bodies under the law. So client is having faith on them.

  1. Highly qualified with specific domain expertise
  2. Lot of life exposure
  3. Negotiating , convincing & documentation skills
  4. Have established identity & trusted face in the society
  5. And most importantly, have existing vast client & social network data base which can create referrals & recommendations, so they can do wonders.

 

How to take a start: 

1. Franchise route: if you intend to be in the business of immigration consulting, you can become a franchise of some renowned immigration consulting company. The franchise fee is Rs. 50 thousand to 5 lac varying from franchiser to franchiser. In addition to franchise fee, franchiser require you to build a good office infra set-up & run a local advertisement campaign, cost of which may be around Rs. 10 lac. so the total set-up cost for the immigration consulting business in a small town, can touch Rs. 15 lac.

Franchiser will provide you their brand name & initially handle some of  cases sourced by you & in case of maturity, you will be paid commission in range of 25% to 70%.

You can search internet for various franchisers & find a suitable one for you. Here are some web links of some franchisers for your ready reference:

Kc overseas: https://www.studiesabroadfranchisee.com/become-our-franchisee/model

Nb group: https://www.nbgroup.in/franchise/

Cross land: https://www.crosslands.in/franchise.html

Prosper oversees education: https://www.franchiseindia.com/brands/prosper-overseas-education.2101

2. Training route:  If you are not willing to adopt the franchise route & want to set up the business on your own, you can find some training institute, gain some knowledge & take a start on your own. The training provider will teach you the fundamentals of immigration process of various countries. But these kind of institutes / trainers are very rare to be found. We have searched two of such training providers, web links of which are given hereunder:

Tourism school visa management training course: http://www.thetourismschool.com/visa.php

Edumilestone oversees education consultant training: https://www.edumilestones.com/cccis.php

The institutes will charge Rs. 50000 to 60000.00 as course & Training fee.

3. Referral partner / Affiliate:  The alternative to above two modes is to be a referral partner or affiliate of some reputed big player in the field of immigration consultancy. Referral partner need to learn only the basics of immigration process & refer a prospective client to the main player. So you are only recommending these services or products to your known circle or existing client base, all other job is to done by the main player.

A referral partner is a kind of channel partner or business associate, Who recommends the services offered by your company/ main player, to people from his social circle. In simple words, you may refer the prospective client i.e. the man who needs immigration advice, to your associated company.

So  in nutshell, you are a kind of franchise without investment & what other people achieve with Rs. 10/15 lac, you will be doing with Rs.Ten thousand or even free of cost.

Keeping in view the fact that professionals who are already occupied with their current job, cannot afford time to get physical training / internship, we have made arrangement with some reputed service providers, who have consented to provide basic on-line, off-site training in the verticals of  Immigration consultancy / counseling.

You can join for an off-site internship to gain work experience & overall feel of the immigration & study visa counseling verticals of the industry. It will provide you the information about  rules, regulations and procedures in the particular field. You can integrates knowledge and theory learned  with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.

Details of the modules are as under:

Referral partner:

  1. Basic on-line / off line training / knowledge
  2. Off site, on the job practical guidance
  3. Regular knowledge material
  4. Monthly market updates
  5. Hand Holding for 6 months- You will be taken along the process step by step for your cases.
  6. Dedicated support
  7. Pay out 25% – You will be given 25% of the revenue generated from your referred case
  8. Joining Fee: Free

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Affiliate:

  1. Basic on-line / off line training / knowledge
  2. Off site on the job practical guidance
  3. Regular knowledge material
  4. Monthly market updates
  5. Hand Holding for 6 months- You will be taken along the process step by step for your cases.
  6. Dedicated support
  7. Access to on-line college & course search software application for immigration consultant
  8. Pay out 70% – You will be given 70% of the revenue generated.
  9. Joining Fee: Rs. 9500.00

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Difference between Referral partner & Affiliate:

There is no big difference between  the above two modes, only advantage in affiliate mode is that you will be allotted a log-in ID of college-course search software which will help you to learn quickly, the student admission & visa consultancy process. The 2nd advantage is the higher payout to the tune of 70% as compared to the 25% as in case of referral partner.

So if you are taking it causally, you can join the free training & support or if you are a little bit serious you can join through affiliate mode i.e. paid vertical. However we wish you to join in any of the options, as the sole aim is build big network of associates & use the power of network for mutual benefits.

 

Who can become an immigration or Visa consultant