Hiring an immigration consultant?—Exercise caution
Canada, 14th February: Are you an aspirant for immigrating overseas and thinking of hiring an immigrant consultant for the same?
An important worth mentionable is that it is not necessary to hire the services of an immigrant consultant for immigration. However, if you still want to hire an immigration consultant, then make sure to keep a few things in mind.
Immigration consultant not mandatory—All aspirants wanting to immigrate overseas need to know that it is not necessary to hire the services of an immigration consultant or an immigration advisor for getting a Canada visa or for forwarding your application for Canada visa to the Canadian Embassy/Canadian consulate.
It is the sole decision of the applicant to see whether to hire an immigration consultant or to forward the application for Canada visa on his own.
And the application does not get any special attention from the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) if it is being forwarded by an immigration consultant on the behalf of an applicant for Canada visa.
Applicants for Canada visa are not required to hire an immigration consultant for submitting their application and hiring a consultant does not guarantee the grant of a Canada visa.
Simple instructions for Canada immigration application—Foreigners wanting to apply for a Canada visa can download various application forms by visiting the official website of Canada immigration department—CIC. All forms for Canada visa application are available free of cost on the website of CIC.
Apart from the forms, other information is also available for aspirants wanting to make application for Canada visas. The information is provided in easy and simple language in the website. So, any applicant can fill the application forms without any need of hiring an immigration consultant.
If hiring an immigration consultant—If any applicant is firm on getting the services of an immigration consultant, he or she must keep following things in mind—
• Ensure that the immigration adviser or immigration consultancy firm has been accredited by the government. This can be done by seeing whether the immigration consultant is registered through ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) by logging on to the CIC website.
• If you come to know that the immigration adviser has not followed the laws, he or she can be charged under laws of the nation of your residence/Criminal Code of Canada or the Immigration Refugee Protection Act.