Avoid simple answers! The answer to this question requires research of your specific case. Several factors that are in play are your education, work experience, language ability, and age. On top of that, the immigration officer will be determining your medical and criminal inadmissibility. We encourage you to check out a range of options on the government website that is the most updated and reliable source of information regarding Canadian pathways to permanent residency.
What is the difference between a “ghost” consultant and a licensed Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant?
You are not required to hire a lawyer or immigration consultant to assist you with your application. However, we understand that the process can be stressful and time consuming for some. We are authorized by ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). We follow strict rules and guidelines of the Canadian government and we have a protection (Errors and Omissions Insurance) in place. Keep in mind that it is illegal for anyone who is not licensed to charge fees to help you with your application.
All licensed Canadian immigration consultants (RCICs) are required to complete an intensive university/college program followed by an exam in order to be eligible to practice immigration law. Additionally, consultants are required to complete mandatory professional development training every year in the filed of immigration and citizenship.
Similarly, lawyers complete an intensive training in a law school where they specialize in 2-3 areas (not specifically immigration law), are required to pass a bar exam and undergo annual professional development.
When it comes down to assisting you, lawyers and immigration consultants can offer most of the same services. Lawyers can represent clients in federal court, where consultants can go up to the appeal tribunal level.
Who to choose? In most cases, it comes down not to a choice between these two professions but a choice of a specific individual who is a good fit in terms of hands-on experience, knowledge of immigration law relevant to your case, someone who is reliable, efficient, has integrity and someone you are comfortable to work with and provide personal information to.
In either case, it is important to ensure you are dealing with the licensed professional. Check the license of an RCIC here.
Our costs are fair and reflect the amount and quality of the work performed on your immigration case. Each client’s case is unique. The fees will be determined once we have completed the preliminary evaluation of your case. You will receive a detailed breakdown of the costs involved in writing. Government and other associated fees are subject to change.
It is against the Canadian law for anyone to promise, offer or imply a favourable decision in any immigration case. As a licensed Canadian regulated immigration consultant, we are adhering to a strict code of ethics when fulfilling our duties. At all times, we will do best efforts to assist you in your immigration matter. However, we can never guarantee the outcome of the visa office.
Please contact us via phone or email to schedule a preliminary assessment. Once we have discussed your unique case and determined the scope of work, we will proceed with preparing an agreement. The agreement will outline the service, payment method and schedule as well as important milestones. After the agreement is signed, we will start working on your case.
From our experience, a higher level of English often translates into higher chances to immigrate and start a career in Canada. We may recommend an ESL program for you in your home country or in Canada to boost your chances. More information is required to review your case and suggest the best course of action in terms of temporary (student, foreign worker) or permanent stay in Canada.