Immigration Lawyers - What Are They Good For?

Immigration Lawyers - What Are They Good For?

After I checked my inbox this morning I discovered a very important electronic mail from a corporation of immigration professionals which I belong to.

In reality, this email is so essential to my potential to apply immigration legislation that I forwarded it to all of my staff, saved it in our agency's digital address book, and printed it for inclusion within the binder that sits on my desk right by my telephone.

But, the truth is that this email makes me feel like I am a silent companion in a little bit of a deception being perpetrated on the general public by CIC. Let me explain.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada clearly takes nice public pride within the amount of knowledge and assets it offers to the public by its website and call centre. CIC boasts that "All of the kinds and information that it's essential to apply for a visa are available without cost on this website."

Therefore, it is no marvel that within the website's FAQ, the answer to the query: "Do I would like an immigration representative to assist me apply?" is a "no."

The general public is told that "The Authorities of Canada treats everybody equally, whether they use a representative or not."

Will your case be processed more quickly if you happen to hire a representative? CIC advises that "For those who choose to hire a representative, your software won't be given particular attention by the immigration officer."

Is this really true? Is all the data you need really out there? Do you need a lawyer? Would it make any difference when you've got one? Put another approach: are people who are utilizing legal professionals and consultants to deal with their immigration functions just throwing away their money?

I hate answering these questions since doing other individuals's immigration work is how I make my living. Folks can be justified in being sceptical about my answers to these questions.

However the fact is "all the data you want" just isn't really out there and, sure, in lots of cases a lawyer or consultant's involvement can spell the difference between success, delay, or abject failure.

The information at is basic in nature and can't possibly contemplate the infinite factual situations that candidates might current when applying. Furthermore, the agents on the call centre cannot and do not present callers with legal advice. It's simply not in their mandate to do so. Instead, they provide "general data on the CIC lines of business... provide case particular info, and settle for orders for CIC publications and application kits."

In different words, they can't let you know what you 'ought to' do when confronted with obstacles or strategic decisions to make.

Also, for those who encounter an issue that must be escalated, which will not be uncommon, you will see treasured little data on the CIC website as to where to direct your criticism or question.

Not so with immigration professionals.

The e-mail I obtained this morning is an update of CIC's protocol on how immigration professionals ought to direct their queries. The correspondence accommodates the email address for each Canadian visa put up abroad and the names and e-mail addresses of the immigration program managers at every of those offices. It tells us how, and to whom, to direct case-specific enquiries to the Case Administration Branch in Ottawa and when and find out how to follow up if we do not obtain a well timed reply. It supplies directions on methods to direct communications regarding quality of service complaints, conditions involving possible misconduct or malfeasance of immigration officers, procedures, operational and choice coverage, and processing occasions and levels.

To my knowledge, this information is not shared with members of the public. CIC's failure to publicise this info doesn't reflect preferential treatment for individuals who are represented. Instead, it is merely an acknowledgement that immigration professionals do, and have always, played a significant function in making an overburdened and below-resourced program perform in any respect (if not function well).

Sharing this information with the general public would result in an avalanche of correspondence being directed at senior officials who're spread out so thinly that they might never get another work done.

It's true that, besides in exceptional and deserving cases, hiring a lawyer or consultant can't get an utility moved from the back of the line to the front of the line. Also, an officer will not approve an applicant who will not be qualified just because she or he is represented. Nonetheless, it's also true that an honest and experienced consultant will not clog up the system by submitting an software that merely won't fly.