What is the "Percentage" that my Immigration Application will be Approved?

There is no straight answer on how likely your Immigration Application is to be approved.

When I went to law school I thought that I was out of the woods when it came to math. Those medical doctors, accountants and even business grads had to keep their calculators close by but not me….or so I thought.

As it turned out being an immigration lawyer or an attorney as they call us in the US, does require a handle on at least one aspect of math: percentages.

When conducting immigration consultations, I am often asked by clients “what is the percentage that my case will be approved?”  My standard answer is always: “Well this being a legal process, it is often hard to assign percentages to cases”. Totally unacceptable answer I know.  So I continue and add more detail such as your case looks good, bad, moderate, strong etc.–depending on their situation of course.

But alas, my attempts at fielding the numbers question, seems to fall on deaf ears. “But what percentage, do you think my case has?”, they repeat. In a society that seems to quantify everything, the demand to assign a percentage outcomes to a case I guess is to be expected. As a last ditch effort to explain that the law is uncertain and really an art rather than a science, I tell them that “based on the information you provided to me, I think that the percentage range for your case falls between such and such. This usually does the trick as they understand that there is no exact measurements when it comes to immigration matters.

As a lawyer, I have make sure that my clients clearly understand the risks associated with their case including costs, length of time and likely outcomes.  But doing so by giving cases a number can be misleading. So if clients like and understand such language, I have found that giving them a percentage range is more accurate and meaningful than taking a shot in the dark approach committing oneself to a single percentage.

What are the odds that you have found this helpful? Let’s hope 100% with the help of an immigration lawyer.

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Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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