If you do decide to retain professional help, the person should be either Canadian lawyer or consultant who is a member of Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC). If you hire someone who is not a member of CSIC, your application could be returned. If you chose not to disclose that a consultant was helping you with the application, your application could be refused for misrepresentation and you could be barred from Canada for up to 2 years. You can verify whether the consultant is really a member of CSIC on their website: http://www.csic-scci.ca/
Reasons why people do hire us are various: lack of time, desire to have everything prepared on a professional level and be sure that the application will not be returned or refused because of a technicality, etc. While the forms and guides published on CIC website are available to everyone, they are far from being exhaustive. Often, they are even misleading.
Self-assessment tools are not reliable and will not give you the whole picture. You may conclude that you are fully qualified; then you submit your application only to find out, a few years later, that the visa officer has different opinion. Many of you are perfectly capable to fit into the ideal profile of a successful immigrant. Even more of you will have to work harder and show more documents that others.
Advantage of having a Canadian representative is that he/she will be able to obtain information about your case if it takes unreasonably long or if you encounter an unfair treatment. A good representative will fight for you and your success and will monitor processing of your application and address any concerns before they may cause serious problems. A good counsel will not promise you success - it is not the consultant who issues immigrant visa, it is the visa officer. The only promise you should get is that the counsel will always try his best and act always in your best interest.
Get professional advice. It is important to start the right way from the first moment. It is very difficult to overturn negative decision and it is also more expensive in the long run. Good counsel is the best investment in your future you will ever make. Select one of our packages and rest assured that you will be in good and reliable hands of a professional consultant, member of CSIC. Start right here.
Why are there such big differences in prices charged by consultants and lawyers?
The most important factor when you search for a consultant that would be the best fit for you should not be the price but complexity of services offered and willingness to personalize the services. Some professionals charge minimal fees, some charge even double or more. You should always ask what is included in the fee: Are updates to the application included? Are postal or courier services included? Is the counsel available when you need him? Will he be available once the application has been submitted? Will he be available once you land?
The fact that you hire somebody to prepare your application will not guarantee faster processing or preferential treatment at the processing level. It will help you to get through the process without unnecessary delays and mistakes and to have an advocate if something goes wrong with your application.