Canadian Immigration Help? Where Do You Turn?

Immigration Help for Canada

Immigration to Canada can be a maze at best and a complete waste of time and money and a loss of dreams at worst. Moving to a new country is a life changing experience and for many it is the immigration process itself is a deterrent for even trying.

There are many different categories for immigration to Canada. Think of them as “roads” or “paths” to a destination. Depending on the path you take, you will either get to your destination or be lost in a legal maze never knowing when the road may end. To extend the metaphor, if you do not have a good “driver” to take you down the correct legal path, you are in for some hard times. So where do you go? How to you get there?

Who Can Help Me Immigrate to Canada?

The first option is of course, yourself. Yes, there is nothing stopping you from going at it alone, submitting an application, paying your fee and hoping for the best. If you are a gambler, perhaps this is the way to go. After all, despite what the government websites may tell you, applying for Canadian immigration on your own, is a big gamble.

Since making the move to another country is one of the most important decisions you can make, most people won’t leave it to chance and rightly so. Most people know that immigration is more than filling out forms or paying a fee–much more. Rather, immigration to Canada involves careful analysis of your case, understanding of the immigration law as it applies to your situation, the correct immigration category that will serve your interests, the proper procedure, forms and documents to make your case a success etc. A lot goes into the immigration process beyond a simple click of a mouse or a signature on a form.

So Who Are The Immigration Service Providers?

  • You can hire licensed immigration consultants to assist you with your immigration application. Immigration consultants, if they are good, should be able to assist you with the application process from start to finish. However, immigration consultants have had a bad rap lately. There are many unethical consultants, some of whom even have committed immigration fraud. So it is “buyer beware” when it comes to hiring a consultant.
  • You can hire an immigration lawyer or law firm to assist you. This approach will give you some form a guarantees:  that the lawyer , if he or she is licensed, will have a minimum level of education i.e.., university education and law school, and be accountable under their Provincial Bar.
Regardless of who you decide to hire, should do your homework. Get references, check reviews, make sure the professional you hire has experience in the kind of case applicable to your situation. It is essential also that when you hire an immigration lawyer or consultant, you sign a retainer agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of your relationship with the immigration service provider. The retainer agreement should contain the nature of the case, the cost, payment schedule and obligations and duties of the parties. This document will be your first line of defence in case something goes wrong.
But if you do your homework and ask the right questions, your chances of success for immigration to Canada should be increased.

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.

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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