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My Immigration Lawyer “Screwed Up”

Immigration Lawyer problems, can they be fixed?

I hired an immigration lawyer to handle my application for permanent residence to Canada. He prepared all the paperwork, got me to sign the forms, and submitted the application. I thought everything was ok. However a few months later, I received the entire application back in the mail from the Canadian government with a cover letter stating that the application was mailed to the wrong immigration office and that my application could not be processed. What’s more, they also told me that the incorrect fee was enclosed.

Needless to say this news caused me a great deal of stress. When I asked my lawyer about this he blamed the government stating that this sort of thing happens all of the time! Well I don’t see how this was the governments fault and here I am with an unfilled application and out of pocket thousands due to my lawyer’s screw up.

What do I do now? I’m really concerned.

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I’m sorry to hear about your ordeal. Based on what you described it does indeed appear that your lawyer dropped the ball. Depending on the specific type of permanent resident application you applied for and your own place of residence, there would be a certain immigration office that would take you application. The applicable government fees are clearly outlined and can be found on the CIC website at www.cic.gc.ca

If you have not already done so, I would approach your lawyer and demand an explanation in writing as to what went wrong here. Further, you should consider seeking alternative legal assistance as such a mistake is inexcusable. The good news is that you are still able to submit your PR application again but make sure it is handled properly this time!

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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2 thoughts on “My Immigration Lawyer “Screwed Up”

  1. Mar in wriight

    Hi there so I got married at the beginning of the year. We immediately went to a lawyer and paid to have a spousal sponsorship application in.I just found out that my laywer didn’t put in my spousal application until two months ago.. and now immigration is threatening to remove me…what can I do?

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    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We are sorry to hear this happened. We would have to take a closer look at your case to determine the best step to take from here. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

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