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Immigration Lawyers - What Are They Good For?

Immigration Lawyers - What Are They Good For?

When I checked my inbox this morning I found an important e mail from an organization of immigration professionals which I belong to.

In fact, this e mail is so essential to my capability to follow immigration legislation that I forwarded it to all of my employees, saved it in our agency's digital address book, and printed it for inclusion in the binder that sits on my desk right by my telephone.

Yet, the reality is that this e-mail makes me feel like I am a silent partner in a little bit of a deception being perpetrated on the general public by CIC. Let me explain.

Residentship and Immigration Canada clearly takes nice public pleasure within the quantity of knowledge and sources it provides to the general public through its website and call centre. CIC boasts that "All the types and data that it is advisable apply for a visa are available totally free on this website."

Due to this fact, it is no wonder that within the website's FAQ, the answer to the query: "Do I would like an immigration consultant to assist me apply?" is a "no."

The general public is told that "The Government of Canada treats everybody equally, whether or not they use a representative or not."

Will your case be processed more quickly in the event you hire a consultant? CIC advises that "In case you choose to hire a consultant, your application won't be given particular attention by the immigration officer."

Is this really true? Is all the knowledge you need really on the market? Do you want a lawyer? Wouldn't it make any difference when you have one? Put one other means: are people who find themselves using legal professionals and consultants to handle their immigration applications just throwing away their cash?

I hate answering these questions since doing other people's immigration work is how I make my living. People would be justified in being sceptical about my answers to those questions.

However the fact is "all the knowledge you want" is not really out there and, yes, in lots of cases a lawyer or marketing consultant's involvement can spell the distinction between success, delay, or abject failure.

The information at is common in nature and can't possibly ponder the infinite factual eventualities that candidates would possibly current when applying. Additionalmore, the agents on the call centre cannot and do not present callers with legal advice. It's simply not in their mandate to do so. Instead, they provide "general information on the CIC lines of business... provide case particular information, and accept orders for CIC publications and software kits."

In different words, they can't tell you what you 'should' do when confronted with obstacles or strategic selections to make.

Additionally, should you encounter a problem that must be escalated, which is just not unusual, you'll find valuable little data on the CIC website as to the place to direct your grievance or question.

Not so with immigration professionals.

The e-mail I received this morning is an update of CIC's protocol on how immigration professionals should direct their queries. The correspondence incorporates the e-mail address for every Canadian visa publish abroad and the names and email addresses of the immigration program managers at each of these offices. It tells us how, and to whom, to direct case-specific enquiries to the Case Management Department in Ottawa and when and methods to follow up if we don't receive a timely reply. It gives instructions on find out how to direct communications referring to high quality of service complaints, conditions involving doable misconduct or malfeasance of immigration officers, procedures, operational and selection coverage, and processing times and levels.

To my information, this information will not be shared with members of the public. CIC's failure to publicise this data does not reflect preferential therapy for those who are represented. Instead, it is simply an acknowledgement that immigration professionals do, and have at all times, performed a significant role in making an overburdened and under-resourced program operate in any respect (if not function well).

Sharing this data with the public would end in an avalanche of correspondence being directed at senior officials who're spread out so thinly that they might never get some other work done.

It is true that, except in exceptional and deserving cases, hiring a lawyer or marketing consultant cannot get an software moved from the back of the line to the entrance of the line. Additionally, an officer won't approve an applicant who is just not certified just because she or he is represented. Nonetheless, additionally it is true that an honest and experienced consultant will not clog up the system by submitting an utility that merely won't fly.