Immigration is a complicated and stressful process, so you’ll probably want to hire an immigration expert. However, before you do, make sure you know how to find the best one to make your immigration experience the best it can be.
First off, if you can, get advice from several people you trust before you choose someone, and after that, do independent research, search up reviews and testimonies on the suggestions you get. As well as ask questions, an “expert” who doesn’t answer your questions probably isn’t an expert.
If your expert is a paid representative, it is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT that they are LICENSED AND AUTHORIZED to practice and advise you. If you choose a paid representative that is not authorized, immigration Canada may RETURN OR REFUSE your application. If you pay or exchange for someone to be your representative, they are considered paid and MUST be authorized.
Ask your potential expert for their training and experience, find out how long they’ve been in the business. Discuss the services they provide, the fee and their references. Once you get those references, contact them for their reviews. Make sure to get a written contract and have it read carefully before signing it. As well ensure it has all the services and fee you agreed upon.
Once again, immigration is a complicated and stressful experience, an experience that can make you vulnerable to being taken advantage of and fall victim to fraud. Be careful of anything that sounds too good to be true. An expert who claims they can draw special attention to your application or guarantee its success is lying. Be wary of those who encourage you to give out false information. False information on your application is a guaranteed way to be denied entry into Canada or be deported on arrival. As well don’t leave original documents and/or photos with your representative.
If you’re told to sign blank application forms, this is another red flag. If you’re told to sign any forms or documents without reading them, this is another sign of fraud. As well, be sure to have your forms translated if you do not understand them. A good practice is to have a form checked by a third party translate for you to ensure your advisor is truthful/knowledgeable.
Always make sure to get copies of any documents your representative makes for you, if they refuse, or keep “forgetting” proceed with caution. Anytime you pay your representative to get a signed receipt, an expert who doesn’t want to supply a receipt probably has something to hide. Make sure to have your representative update you on your application often, a lack of updates is something to worry about.
Protect your money, and remember that the Canadian government will never ask you to deposit money to private accounts and/or transfer money through a private money transfer company.
Keep all of this in mind, and you’ll make the best choice possible when choosing your immigrant expert.