Why Hire an Immigration Consultant?
You might be wondering whether you really need the help of an immigration consultant.
Some applications are pretty straightforward and wouldn’t seem to need any special expertise. But choosing the wrong category to apply in, not knowing about a program that better fits your qualifications and experience, sending your application to the wrong visa office, or even using an out-dated form can delay your application by months (or years) and cost you unnecessary time and money – not to mention the risk of a refusal and having to start over again.
It’s the same when you’re thinking about hiring any professional.
After all, you could represent yourself in court – but most people hire a lawyer to make sure they get the best representation. If your taxes are pretty straightforward, you can do your own returns, but many people go to a tax preparer or hire an accountant to make sure they haven’t missed any deductions or made ineligible claims.
Canadian immigration law is complicated, and frequent changes to employment categories, regulations, where to send your application, and even the forms make things even more confusing.
Here’s one ‘simple’ example:
If you are immigrating as a family, all your children under the age of 22 are defined as dependent children. That seems simple enough.
BUT, if your 21 year old son had lived with his girlfriend for a year while away at university, he no longer fits the definition of a dependent child and is no longer eligible to be included on your application – unless of course he was and had continued to be a full-time student since starting that common-law relationship. On the other hand, your 22 year old daughter could still be included on your application as long as she is studying full-time . . . unless of course she’d taken a semester off, for any reason.
What seems like a straightforward criterion – up to age 22 – can get complicated very quickly!
It seems that everyone has an opinion on immigration and many think they’re qualified to give advice because they ‘helped’ their cousin fill out his forms or have an uncle who ‘knows someone in the government’ or they read something somewhere that’s ‘exactly like your case’. Happily for them (but not for you), they don’t have to take responsibility for any bad advice they give you.
And there are those other ‘experts’ who offer ‘haircuts, tax services, house painting, divorce and immigration consulting’ who will charge you for their advice, which is illegal, unless they are regulated immigration consultants.
Don’t put yourself at the mercy of unauthorized representatives who will happily take your money and leave you on your own at the first sign of complications.
Professional immigration consultants, the ones you can really trust, work in a tightly regulated industry with strict standards of conduct and accountability. Do your homework. Go to the website of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and make sure the consultant you hire is currently a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in good standing.
At Premier Canadian Immigration Co-op we know your rights and how to protect them.
We Know What You Need
10 reasons to hire a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant from Premier Canadian Immigration Co-op (PCIC):
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– there are more than 60 immigration programs that lead to permanent residence – federal, provincial, and Quebec
– there are dozens of categories for temporary work permits with processes that change drastically based on your nationality, profession, employer, province of destination, etc.
You could waste days or weeks searching the internet and poring through blogs and self-help sites to find the strategy and category that will get you to Canada – or you could let PCIC’s experience, knowledge, and expertise find the best fit for you.
But we do guarantee that your application will be “perfected” – completed correctly and with all supporting documents attached. CIC requires that every application be perfected – or they simply send it back.
Online application kits come with a document checklist, but there are a lot of things that are not explained online. For example:
How do you get a police certificate for the time you worked in Saudi Arabia? What should you do if you don’t have a birth certificate? What if the company you used to work for went out of business and can’t provide you with the documents you need for your application? What should you do when you applied for a work permit online, but they didn’t let you upload your provincial nomination letter – and now they’ve refused you application because you didn’t submit one!
There are hundreds of examples like this where you would have no one to turn to for advice – unless you have PCIC working on your behalf.
PCIC employs strict Quality Control measures to ensure that your application is accurate and perfected.
When we submit your application, we also prepare a custom cover document that clearly outlines how you qualify for a visa or permit and clears up any grey areas or possible problems – before they arise in the Visa Officer’s mind!