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Permanent Visa

Post Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:54 am

Is it possible to fill out the appllications by myself or do I have to get an immigration "expert" If not then who do I trust?

Is it better to apply via a sponsor ie my father or
as skilled worker ie hubby and I are both Plumber/Heating Engineers?

Thats it, must get to bed after all this reading!

Annette

 

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:12 am

Annette"

Just to confirm that you can do the paperwork yourself, and if you decide to use a agent, be sure that the firm is LOCATED IN CANADA, and is also registered with the Canadian Government and has a registraion number that they display on their web site or on any leatterhead stationary.

If an agent is NOT registered with the Canadian Government, AND is not physically located in Canada, don't use them..

I suggest that for maximum satisfaction and assured success, you should consider the use of a Canadian Lawyer, who specialises in Immigration cases and law.

Jim Bunting.

 

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 5:54 am

Sorry to be having a blond moment Jim but are you saying I would be better with a Canadian Lawyer than and Agent or myself?

Thanks
Annette

 

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:55 pm

Annette:

To clarify.

You CAN do the paperwork yourself. If you decide to use a agent, be sure that they are physically located in Canada , and are registered with the Canadian Government as a Immigration Consultant. A Canadian Lawyer, who is a member in good standing of a Provincial Law Society can act for you, also.

Of the above choices, I would use a Lawyer, IF I felt that I couldn't do the paperwork myself. With a Lawyer, you know that he/she is going to be held accountable for all the work that they do on your behalf, and they also are directly responsible for the file that they submit to Immigration Canada for you. Any errors or ommisions are their responsibility in law.

The costs are higher with a Lawyer, than with a Immigration Consultant. So it really is a matter pf choice, on your part.

Do this....do a web search for " Canadian Immigration Lawyers " and see what comes up. Read and compare what they say about their services, and their rates for those services.

Hope this is more clear.

Jim Bunting. Toronto.

 

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:07 pm

Hello Annette,

Great pointers regarding lawyer vs. consultant Jim. Accountability of result is certainly one benefit to consider when choosing between them.

However, I do not agree with the suggestion to surf the internet to shop for an Immigration lawyer. (Unless of course this was your only choice available.)

My professional suggestion is to avoid this approach because it too open-ended and invites potential waste of time, money and increase in stress/risk.

Here is a link to a news story about somebody who probably surfed the internet for her contact before arriving in Toronto:

Woman Says She Was Duped

Thankfully, because you are a member of this helpful website you can receive personal references from established site members/service providers such as myself - and also receive valuable tidbits and commentary from helpful history buffs, like Jim.

I prefer to send information regarding the lawyer by PM (Private Message) to site members, which I will do for you immediately.

Our immigration lawyer assists to relocate hundreds of our clients to Canada every year, and will even confirm your personal eligibility for no charge.

A track record and value that can be attested to for certain - hope that helps. Smile

Any questions at all, just let me know.

Warm Regards,

Paul-F


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 6:19 am

Hi Paul

Thank you for the information you sent which I have kept on file and will refer back to it soon, as for questions I am full of them! It was great to find this site after searching for weeks and getting nowhere, but I have to say Jim may well be a history buff but I feel he has provided me with information way beyond valuable tidbits Smile

Thanks to all

Annette

 

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 7:05 am

Hi Annette,

I am glad to hear you have found Expat Focus to be valuable.

I dedicate a portion of my week to contribute Expat/Relocation news from around the world for the Expat Focus community, as well as to assist with moderating 9 different Forum topics. Has been a great experience overall...and to interact with people all over the world is so rewarding.

I, too, find much value in Jim's descriptive writing style, inexhaustible personal experiences and history background.

In the last year that I have been moderating the Canada forums, Jim has no doubt been the top contributor that has landed here, and by 'tidbits' I certainly did not imply any less value on his support.

(Just a word that came to mind to describe his ability to drop in 'bits' about almost all subjects that come up...oh, and he actually has a PhD in Canada History, so calling him a history buff is no exaggeration, Very Happy )

Jim and I actually talked live on the phone recently, and it gave me a chance to reinforce my opinion of his value to this site.

Expat Focus will remain a success because of the efforts and interest of many different points of view...including it's Owner (Rod), the Expats, Service Professionals and the Community members who contribute.

Best of luck with your quest to come to Canada...

Regards,

Paul-F


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