You can apply for a visa to Canada on your own and be very successful. The process is tedious and time consuming, but it is totally worth it! Or you can hire an immigration consultant to help you with this procedure. Immigration Consultants are licensed and equipped with knowledge regarding immigration processes. They can advise you throughout the process of obtaining your Canadian visa. The consultant is fully trained and informed on the requirements of visa application. Of course, if you choose to work with a consultant, expect to pay consulting fees (normally between $150 up to even $3000 depending on the services and extent of the consultant’s involvement in the immigration process). So why then should you hire an immigration consultant?
1. Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are educated and informed
Canadian Immigration Consultants are required to complete an accredited program from recognized institutions. Hence, the consultants understand the immigration law in Canada and proper procedures regarding applications with citizenship and immigration in Canada. Also, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC), are legally authorized representatives and members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
2. Canadian Immigration Consultants are insured
It is a requirement that Members of the Council must obtain Errors and Omission Insurance, which safeguards applicants against unintended action that may trigger financial loss. This is for the protection of the consumer and the consultant. This means that if a client feels that the consultant did not act on their best interest and that their actions caused damage, the client has the right to file a complaint to ICCRC. ICCRC is the national regulatory body that oversees regulated Canadian immigration professionals. Designated by the federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, ICCRC began regulating immigration consultants in 2011, and citizenship consultants and international student advisors in 2015.
3. Canadian Immigration Consultants are required to follow strict ethical and professional guidelines.
Council members and consultants are subject to a Code of Ethical Conduct that demands proper procedures for their practice. The Code requires all to follow stringent rules, including those regarding confidentiality, quality service, professionalism and ethical practice.
4. Save Time and Money
Hiring an Immigration Consultant saves you time and money and will guide you on what Canadian visa is right for you. The consultant will walk with you every step of the way throughout the entire application process.
If you decide to hire an Immigration Consultant, conduct a thorough research to ensure that you are dealing with the right people.