Immigration can be a long and complicated process. And unless you’re well-versed on the procedures, it can also be very time consuming. An immigration lawyer can help you wade through the paperwork necessary to obtain permission to live in Canada. And they do the hard part for you. But what do you need to know if you’re thinking of moving to Canada?
1. Who can move to Canada?
Most people are eligible for immigration to Canada. Those who may not be eligible are people who:
- Are considered a security risk;
- Criminals depending on the charges and convictions;
- Those with connections to organized crime;
- Those with serious financial issues or health problems; or
- Those who have lied on an immigration application or during their interview.
2. What if you don’t qualify?
You might still be able to qualify but will need to provide a lot more information and proof that you are a suitable candidate. The process will likely take longer and be more arduous but if you get approved it will be worth it in the long run.
3. How long do applications take?
Depending on the type of application you are submitting, processing times vary greatly, and range from a few weeks to a number of years. You can check the Government of Canada website for more exact processing times, but a few examples are:
- Permanent Resident Card applications – as of January 2018 are taking about 2 months to process, but double check as this varies depending on where you are coming from.
- Federal Skilled Worker applications are approximately six months; and
- Family sponsorship ranges from a few months to several years. It is dependent on who you are sponsoring and where they are coming from.
4. How do you choose the right immigration lawyer?
Finding the right immigration lawyer is critical. The Government of Canada website can provide you with names of authorized representatives. This ensures the person you use is actually someone with the skills and ability to help you and not just someone who’s trying to get rich quick.
Check on the person or company you choose and don’t be afraid to ask questions about their success rates and how much their fees are. Make sure you fully understand the services they provide before you agree to use them.
5. How can you avoid delays in the processing of your application?
- Make sure all the forms are filled out completely and accurately.
- If the Government requires additional information or documentation, include it with the forms.
- Make sure you go through the checklist carefully so you don’t miss including any information that could slow things down.
- Don’t forget to sign and date your application.
- Pay the fee by using one of the approved methods of payment and include it with your application
- Submit your application on-line instead of by mail.
If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of processing your own application, consider using an immigration lawyer. They understand the ins and outs and can provide the most straightforward way to complete the immigration process.