Immigration Lawyers - What Are They Good For?

Immigration Lawyers - What Are They Good For?

Once I checked my inbox this morning I discovered a very important e-mail from a company of immigration professionals which I belong to.

In reality, this email is so essential to my skill to apply immigration regulation 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.

Yet, the reality is that this electronic mail 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.

Residentship and Immigration Canada clearly takes great public pleasure in the amount of information and resources it offers to the public by its website and call centre. CIC boasts that "All of the types and information that it is advisable apply for a visa are available without spending a dime on this website."

Subsequently, it is no marvel that within the website's FAQ, the reply to the question: "Do I want an immigration representative to help me apply?" is a "no."

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

Will your case be processed more shortly for those who hire a consultant? CIC advises that "For those who choose to hire a representative, your utility is not going to be given particular attention by the immigration officer."

Is this really true? Is all the information you need really on the market? Do you want a lawyer? Wouldn't it make any difference if you have one? Put one other method: are people who find themselves utilizing legal professionals and consultants to deal with their immigration purposes just throwing away their money?

I hate answering these questions since doing different individuals's immigration work is how I make my living. Individuals would be justified in being sceptical about my solutions to those questions.

However the truth is "all the data you need" will not be really on the market and, sure, in many cases a lawyer or guide's involvement can spell the difference between success, delay, or abject failure.

The information at cic.gc.ca is general in nature and can't probably contemplate the infinite factual scenarios that candidates might current when applying. Furthermore, the brokers on the call centre can not and do not provide callers with authorized advice. It's simply not in their mandate to do so. Instead, they give "basic data on the CIC lines of business... present case specific data, and accept orders for CIC publications and utility kits."

In different words, they can not let you know what you 'should' do when confronted with obstacles or strategic choices to make.

Also, if you encounter a problem that must be escalated, which will not be unusual, you will see that valuable little data on the CIC website as to where to direct your criticism or question.

Not so with immigration professionals.

The e-mail I acquired this morning is an update of CIC's protocol on how immigration professionals ought to direct their queries. The correspondence incorporates the e-mail address for each Canadian visa publish abroad and the names and email addresses of the Atlanta's immigration laws program managers at each of those offices. It tells us how, and to whom, to direct case-particular enquiries to the Case Administration Branch in Ottawa and when and methods to observe up if we do not obtain a timely reply. It supplies directions on easy methods to direct communications relating to quality of service complaints, conditions involving possible misconduct or malfeasance of immigration officers, procedures, operational and selection coverage, and processing occasions and levels.

To my information, this data is not shared with members of the public. CIC's failure to publicise this info doesn't reflect preferential remedy for many who are represented. Instead, it's merely an acknowledgement that immigration professionals do, and have always, performed a vital position in making an overburdened and under-resourced program operate at all (if not function well).

Sharing this info with the public would result in an avalanche of correspondence being directed at senior officials who are spread out so thinly that they may by no means get some other work done.

It's true that, except in distinctive and deserving cases, hiring a lawyer or marketing consultant can't get an utility moved from the back of the road to the front of the line. Also, an officer is not going to approve an applicant who just isn't qualified just because he or she is represented. However, additionally it is true that an sincere and experienced representative will not clog up the system by submitting an utility that merely won't fly.