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The Importance of Using a Credible Immigration Lawyer: Woman Facing Deportation After 18 Years in Canada

Laura Emmanuelle Souchet moved to Canada with her mother when she was just 12 years old. Last week, 18 years after she arrived in Canada, government officials told her that she would have to leave the country and go back to France. Laura and her family were the victims of a fraudulent immigration consultant. Like many before them, they trusted the consultant to have their best interest at heart. 


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Why You Should Hire an Immigration Lawyer to Help You Immigrate to Canada

Stories like these are unfortunately all too common. This is why it is so important to undergo the correct Canadian immigration processes the first time around. A qualified immigration lawyer can simplify the process and assist you in making Canada your forever home.

Getting started on your immigration journey can be stressful. The first steps are important in determining your chances of immigration success. It can be helpful to know that you are not going through the process alone. Working with an immigration lawyer will give you the best chance of submitting a successful application, and increase your chances of starting a new life in Canada.

Immigration Lawyers vs. Immigration Consultants

Immigration lawyers and consultants share similar roles in representing clients when they come to Canada. The main way they differ is in educational credentials and the institutions that regulate them.

Immigration lawyers:

  • Have been through years of law school and have earned a degree before taking the bar exam.
  • Are experts at what they do, and have a strong understanding of all aspects of the law. Having an immigration lawyer on your side can be a great advantage when considering the complicated process of immigration.
  • Are held to a high ethical standard by the Canadian Bar Association. They must always act in the best interest of their client.
  • Know the process inside and out, and can guide you as you move through each stage toward your eventual goal, whether that is a temporary work visa, permanent residency, or citizenship

Consultants:

  • With only a one-year certification, consultants are less knowledgeable than lawyers.
  • You can expect a greater margin of error when working with a consultant versus a lawyer. This can be problematic as any mistakes along the way can delay your application or even reduce your chances for success. For this reason, it is important to choose your representation carefully.

Education and Experience Matters

While all lawyers have an in-depth education about Canadian law, years of experience can make a huge difference to an immigration lawyer’s ability to represent your case. Attorney Dery has been practicing immigration law in Québec for almost 20 years.

What You are Paying for When You Hire an Immigration Lawyer

While government processing fees in particular are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Canadian government, your lawyer should be able to provide you with a rough estimate of the total cost of your application.

Canadim offers flat-rate contracts with milestone-based billing periods. That means that clients will not be charged for their communication with us. The billing periods are clearly explained in our service agreements, so you know exactly what you can expect from Canadim before each payment.

The more upfront about your profile you are with us, the better we will be able to estimate the total cost of your application, since you might require some services that are outside the scope of our standard service agreement.

Avoid Mistakes the First Time Around

With all of the paperwork involved in the process, it’s easy to make a mistake. Even a small oversight can cause unnecessary delays, or an outright refusal of your application. Mistakes can cost you time and money, so it’s worth it to get things done right the first time around. Once your application is denied, it is difficult to reapply, and your chances of being refused again are greater.

By Your Side Every Step of the Way

Only a lawyer can represent their client in federal court if there is an issue with an application. Having an immigration lawyer by your side can be a valuable asset in the event that complications arise during your application process. 

The average rejection rate of Canadian immigration applications is 18.9 percent. According to a recent study, only ten percent of immigration applications submitted with the help of a lawyer are rejected. These numbers prove that your odds are significantly better with a lawyer on your side.

Beware of Immigration Fraud

Unfortunately, immigration fraud is becoming increasingly common. In order to avoid this, we suggest always doing your research before agreeing to work with any individual or agency.

You should never agree to pay any kind of finder’s fee, even if you are promised an offer of employment upon arrival. Most Canadian employers will not hire someone who is outside of the country, so a job guarantee can be a red flag. 

Frauds may entice you with promises of immigration success, but know that only immigration officers have the power to approve or deny an application.

Verifying Our Credentials

  1. Visit the Canadian Immigration Government Website

  2. Scroll to Barreau du Québec and click on the link

  3. In the new page, look for “Lawyers Directory” on the right-hand side

  4. Enter Surname: Dery

  5. Enter 1st Name: Renaud and click on “Find”

Your Best Chance to Immigrate to Canada

Luckily for Laura, Canada’s immigration minister intervened and suspended her deportation, granting a temporary resident permit. For Laura, this means the chance to correct the mistakes of her immigration consultant and a second chance at becoming a Canadian citizen. 

Immigration law is a complicated matter. When you submit your application there may be many changes, and as such it is our job to stay up to date on the most current practices in order to best serve our clients. This is a matter we take very seriously. 

At Canadim, we can offer you the best possible chance of successfully immigrating to Canada by following the process and providing accurate information every step of the way. 

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