The immigration process is notoriously difficult to navigate. From choosing the right program, to correctly completing the necessary paperwork and assembling all the required information, there are many details to consider, and missing just one could result in a lengthy delay in processing, or worse, rejection of your application.
If you have already decided to hire an immigration consultant in Canada to assist you with your application for permanent residency in Canada, you’re on the right track. An immigration consultant provides an invaluable service to those looking to relocate, ensuring the transition is as smooth and hassle-free as possible. However, not all immigration consultants have the credentials, skills, or experience to assist you on your journey. Unfortunately, some less-than-reputable firms maybe after a quick payday while providing very little value assisting you with your immigration to Canada.
To avoid a costly mistake, make sure you vet potential immigration consultants. You should never feel pressured to sign a contract with anyone before receiving an initial consultation and having the following questions answered to your satisfaction.
An immigration consultant in Canada must be registered and in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC); this information can be easily verified by requesting your agent’s RCIC number and checking their status here. Un-registered agents or those unwilling to provide proof of their RCIC membership signal a huge red flag.
You are hiring an immigration consultant based on their ability to help you navigate the complex Canadian immigration process, so you want someone who has experience. You can ask for a business number and verify the company’s registration, or you can also ask for personal references from the agent who is working on your case.
Immigration consultants charge a fee for their service; as you are paying for their assistance, you are well within your right to verify that you will be communicating directly with that agent or another registered agent when discussing your case.
Your immigration consultant should be able to break down very clearly their fee schedule and what is included in that number. Do not rely on vague answers or verbal agreements; once costs are confirmed, get everything in writing and make sure both parties sign it.
Your initial consultation is an opportunity to discuss your particular circumstances and receive feedback on what would be an appropriate immigration pathway for you. Your agent should be able to provide details on which program is best for you and why.
No agent should guarantee you a successful application, regardless of their experience, connections, or fees. However, based on the information you provide, a knowledgeable agent should be able to tell you the relative strength of your application – excellent, good, average, below average – and maybe even offer advice on how to improve your application.
Some immigration consultants offer landing services after your application is approved. This service may include airport pickup, assistance in finding suitable housing, employment assistance, or other types of help that make settling into a new home more comfortable. If this is something you are interested in, make sure to ask during your consultation.
Unfortunately, not every application for Canadian immigration will be approved. However, a good immigration consultant may be able to provide valuable assistance in reviewing your file and making recommendations on how to improve it.
If you are looking for help navigating Canadian immigration, the 5S Immigration team would love to assist you. As registered agents, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you achieve your goal; our mission is to see you settle comfortably in your new home. Reach out to us today to find out more about our services.