USING AN IMMIGRATION REPRESENTATIVE
An immigration representative is someone you appoint to help you with your immigration application.They usually charge a fee and can represent you in your application to:
- • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- • The Immigration and Refugee Board
- • The Canada Border Services Agency
You are not required to hire a lawyer or a representative. Using one will not speed up processing times nor guarantee your application will be approved.
If you do appoint a representative, they will receive communications from government immigration offices on your application.
WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR A CONSULTATION?
UIC suggests a consultation with one of our RCIC’s because this is an opportunity to understand what you hope to achieve in your Canadian immigration matter. A scheduled 30-minute appointment time is important to discuss how we can help you to overcome any past or present areas that could lead to a refusal of your application. Our consultants stay up-to-date with Canadian Immigration Law and ethical practice management as well as attending practice directive seminars and continuing education.
Our initial consultation assessment (ICA) fee covers the time spent to meet with you and/or review your documentation. We will discuss your Canadian immigration desires and provide you with accurate advice that will allow you to make a decision to either retain us to complete a submission package on your behalf or in some cases, our advice may be for you to wait and to not apply until you have corrected the errors, gaps in information and/or not meeting the necessary requirements that we see could lead you to a denial. When you retain our services, we apply the amount from your ICA towards our overall fees.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
Processing times can range. There is no set processing time. Each case is different and will be processed by each Citizenship and Immigration Canada visa office according to their resources and the number of applications being processed.
Processing times depend on:
- • The Canadian visa post through which you are applying;
- • Whether an Immigration interview is deemed necessary;
- • Complexity of the case;
- • How well the case is presented; and
- • The caseload at the Canadian visa post at the given time.
IF I AM ELIGIBLE TO APPLY, AM I GUARANTEED SUCCESS?
No. Although you may fundamentally qualify under Canada’s immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed success. The line between job opportunity and immigration is difficult to recognize. UIC will help you find the line, highlight it and explain it in a relatable way. A 100% guarantee in Canada is a red flag.
Your application must be prepared in accordance with the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supporting documentation in order to be approved by the Canadian Department of Immigration. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigration authorities and result in many applicants presenting their cases incorrectly, inevitably leading to refusal.
HOW TO BECOME A PERMANENT RESIDENT
The questions regarding “how to become a permanent resident of Canada,” differs with each individual. Arriving at this answer is a matter of finding the Canadian immigration program that best suits your qualifications, as the prerequisites for Canadian permanent residency depend on the program under which an individual qualifies.
Canada has created numerous immigration streams based on factors such as age, education, work experience, net worth and willingness to invest as well as ties to Canada.
In the past ten years nearly 75 percent of the population growth in Canada has been due to immigration. The IRCC projects that by 2031, this number will rise to 80 percent.
WHAT IF I NEED TO RETURN TO MY COUNTRY?
You should generally wait until you have received your PR card before travelling. If you must travel, contact your UIC immigration consultant for information on travel and documentation requirements.