Do you need a lawyer?
Although the facts of your case may be straightforward and the IRCC website provides you with the forms and document checklists as well as detailed guides, the manner in which IRCC processes and evaluates applications is quite complex, detailed and systematic.
The truth is, after practicing immigration law for so many years – there is nothing like a “simple” immigration case.
Rules and regulations change regularly
As the regulations and rules change very frequently, without an immigration lawyer specialized in your type of application, a very simple and straightforward case can easily be refused or returned causing not only delays but a lot of stress and suffering, especially if the goal is to reunite family members in Canada.
Details can impact your application's outcome
Often information such as previous marriages, financial status, minor medical conditions or previous refusals can have a huge impact on the outcome of an application. Potential clients do not know how these details will play out in an immigration application.
However, as lawyers, we have a different vision and understanding of the laws and as we have submitted hundreds of immigration applications, we know exactly how to prepare your application.
Do not give an IRCC officer the option to refuse
IRCC is a huge bureaucratic and administrative body, with all types of immigration officers analyzing and deciding on applications. Ultimately, the officer has the discretion to approve or refuse an application. Unfortunately, many immigration decisions are quite unfair and surprising as some officers misunderstand the law, the requirements or simply make errors when reviewing applications.
Moreover, given that more and more individuals are submitting fraudulent applications, immigration officers carefully scrutinize applications to ensure that they are genuine and meet the requirements.
Avoid the hurdles of the legal system
Many of our clients are individuals who previously submitted an immigration application on their own, by following the instructions on the IRCC website, reading blogs on forums and discussing options with other individuals in similar situations. Getting information from the wrong source can have a devastating impact on your immigration application and your future in Canada.
Once an application is refused, in some cases, we can appeal. However, this means years of delays and high legal fees. It is always best to submit an initial application properly to avoid having to go through the hurdles of the legal system for years to come.
Ensure your application is submitted adequately
After submitting immigration applications and representing clients in court for years, our office has developed a unique list of documents, instructions and filing procedures to ensure that applications submitted are strong, complete and most importantly, meet all the immigration rules, regulations and policies. The list of documents we prepare for you will contain documentation and questionnaires which are not listed on the IRCC website.
We know how unpredictable, confusing and stressful it can be when it comes to dealing with immigration authorities. The small investment you make now with a consultation will be priceless in ensuring that your application is submitted adequately without any errors or misrepresentations. Furthermore, an immigration lawyer is also able to provide you precious guidance with respect to your expectations in terms of the possible outcomes.
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Get accurate approximation of the processing times
Many applicants file applications and believe that processing times will match their friends' processing times or the months posted on the IRCC website. This is not true. Processing times vary greatly and only an immigration lawyer who has experience in submitting multiple applications will be able to give you a more accurate approximation of the times. This in turn, will manage client expectations and in the long run, will contribute to reducing stress and anxiety over the immigration process.