The Canadian government does not require you to hire the
services of an immigration lawyer when immigrating to Canada or
handling other immigration matters. You can still submit the papers
and follow the steps necessary for your individual case, and you
won't be treated any differently.
However, the value of using an effective Canadian immigration
lawyer can't be overstated. With a lawyer in your corner, you
essentially have an immigration expert who knows how the system
works and is helping you every step of the way. The choice is
yours, but if you do choose to find an immigration lawyer to
represent you, look for these essential qualities:
Having the proper professional credentials doesn't mean an
immigration lawyer is good, but you shouldn't hire one that
doesn't. It's not outside the realm of possibility for
so-called immigration lawyers to take advantage of unsuspecting
immigrants. Take the time to ensure they are members in good
standing of the provincial licensing body such as the Law Society
of Upper Canada in Ontario, and are authorized to represent you by
Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Strong References and Testimonials
It stands to reason that a good Canadian immigration lawyer will
have a trail of satisfied clients out there for you to speak to or
read about. Client testimonials and positive references are strong
indicators that the lawyer is a good candidate. In most cases,
people have no issues sharing negative opinions of lawyers and
other professionals, so if you're hearing positive feedback,
you're on the right track.
Proven Track Record
Along with positive opinions and experiences, positive results
are also important. If the immigration lawyer you are researching
has a proven track record of favourable outcomes and decisions for
his clients, chances are he or she knows what he or she is doing.
These lawyers usually specialize in immigration matters and have
experience with the specific aspects of immigration you need help
Feedback and results are of critical importance, but you also
want the immigration lawyers you choose to act professionally at
all times. This means not being pushy or overly aggressive
when trying to get you to sign, being open about the fee schedule
and offering a straightforward contract that both of you sign.
In today's marketplace, a professional-looking website where
you can access information about all parts of the immigration
process is also important. Look for clear, concise information that
is easy to find, including the office address and all of the
necessary telephone numbers.
Sometimes, an immigration lawyer seems to have all the pieces of
the puzzle, but he or she just doesn't seem approachable. Maybe
they are dismissive or evasive, maybe they don't seem
interested in accommodating your language issues or maybe you just
don't feel comfortable when you visit the office.
good immigration lawyer isn't paid for his social skills,
but at such an important time in your life, you deserve to feel
comfortable and welcome.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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