If you are planning to immigrate to Canada there are certain things that you should keep in mind. To begin with it is highly advisable to get in touch with an authorized Canadian immigration lawyer or an immigration consultant. Though foreign students and workers can easily get all information online, it definitely helps to have representation. It is a practical move to hire a consultant as most of them know how the immigration system works; they keep up with the frequent changes in regulations and know the exact method of processing. They will listen to you and advise basis your qualifications and eligibility criteria. There are more than 60 immigration programs offered by the Canadian Federal authorities. It is necessary to choose the right program. A small error in application can result in a rejection. And that can lead to multiple problems, especially if you want to re-apply.
So we bring you a few helpful tips:
As mentioned above, consult a registered Immigration consultant in Canada
The one thing you need to understand is, you are not under legal obligation to hire a representative. Legal representatives understand the Canadian system and can guide you effectively. But they do not have any special influence on the Immigration officials. The onus of granting a visa lies solely with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officials.
When you do appoint a legal representative, ensure that they are registered with the Canadian Government. Get clarity on the services they provide, and the amount you need to pay. Be careful while enlisting services because the Government of Canada refuses to deal with anyone who is not registered with either of the below mentioned organizations:
- Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
- Notaries who are members of the Chambre des notaires du Québec; and
- Reputed members of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society.
Furnish Correct Information
No circumstance should you submit any false document, information or data. Misrepresentation, intentional or by mistake, will be treated as a serious crime by the Canadian government. Depending on the severity of the situation the federal government can take the following action:
- They will make a note of ‘permanent record of fraud’ in the CIC database
- CIC can set a 5 year ban, so you cannot enter Canada for about 5 years
- Revocation of Canadian citizenship
- Removal from Canada
- Criminal charges for fraud.
Regardless of who fills up the application, you or your legal representative, you must take complete responsibility for the details furnished in it. A single mistake and the CIC will hold you responsible.
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Website offers detailed information on everything related to Canada immigration. So regardless of the part of the world you come from, it is very important to read through each and every directive on the site. You’ll get a lot of guidance on what to do as well.
Acquaint yourself with the official languages
Make sure you learn Canadian English and French. These are the most widely spoken languages. Practically all official communication in all provinces is either in English or French.
You must keep papers regarding any additional information with you. You should be able to produce the right document when asked for.
Copies of Documentation
You must keep copies of all documentation. Make sure you have a clear copy of the application you have submitted.