Think Hiring an Immigration Attorney is a Waste of Money? 4-Point Reality Check Ahead

Why you should use an immigration professional for your Canada immigration application?

The same reason why you hire architects and engineers to design your home, plumbers for pipe work, and carpenters for making furniture—it’s never as easy as it looks.

A cursory look at the immigration process including the detailed eligibility requirements of various Canada immigration programs may make it look very easy.

Use the online eligibility assessment tool on the government website, get all your documents in order, get into the Express Entry pool, wait for an ITA, apply after you get an ITA and become a Canadian permanent resident, it’s all simple and easy, right?

In theory, yes. In reality, unfortunately, the answer is no.

Reality Check 1—The Right NOC Code

Life would have been a lot easier for immigrants if their job duties and key responsibilities were exactly the same as defined in Canada’s National Occupation Classification. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

This means a programmer working in India or Portugal may have different job duties as compared to the NOC. So, does this mean you work experience does not qualify and that you cannot choose the NOC code for programmer in your Express Entry profile?

This may seem like a good question for a theoretical discussion. But the implications change when your life’s future prospects depend on this question. The right answer can help you get a Canadian job, permanent residence status, and a great future.

Get it wrong and you may waste months or even years trying to achieve the impossible. This is where having an expert who can help you make the right choice and explain why you should choose a specific NOC code can be a great help.

And this is just about one thing i.e. the NOC code. Your application will have hundreds of different points with more than one perfect answer. Can you really risk relying on luck when it’s your life and future at stake?

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Reality Check 2—Cost of Lost Opportunities?

What’s the point of waiting for an Express Entry ITA when a PNP nomination is a done deal considering your proficiency in French? Or, why waste time searching for a job from outside Canada when you are eligible for a PGWP and can enter and live in Canada even if you don’t have a job in hand?

How do you assess the cost of opportunities that you lost because you decided not to work with an immigration professional? Or, you may end up wasting valuable years only to discover at the end that a Canadian degree is the only viable immigration option for you?

With an immigration attorney by your side, you can be certain that you have found the best possible route to immigrate to Canada.

Reality Check 3—What about Emergencies and Contingencies?

The pandemic may be an extreme situation but our lives are filled with many smaller emergencies and contingencies.

From getting a Master’s degree to changing into a different job profile; from a driving under influence conviction to getting married or divorced; from getting a chance to study in Canada to losing your job—life is not going to remain static just because you plan to apply for Canada immigration.

So, how to understand the impact and implications of these chances to your immigration prospects? And in case of negative developments, what do you need to do to avoid long-term damage to your Canada immigration chances?

Is loss of job such a bad thing if you have the required work experience and have enough settlement funds? Again, these are questions that only a real expert can answer.

Reality Check 4—Canada Immigration is Always Changing

Six new streams for permanent residence to be open for a period of six months. Some streams have quota caps while others will remain open through the six months. Three new pilot programs in Quebec while the Northern and Rural pilot too gains wider acceptance.

And these are just changes and updates to provincial programs. As you can see, Canada immigration itself is constantly changing and evolving, which means the information you have today may be obsolete in a week.

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