Warning: Immigration Consultants who charge to review your immigration documents

I have noticed a disturbing trend in the immigration industry where immigration consultants offer  people “file review services” at low costs presumably to entice people to hire them for the “full” application later on. I have no objections to this approach as a means of  getting more business. But….

Review my immigration documents please  

there is a dark side to this practice. The idea of charging a nominal fee just to “review” immigration documents or forms really services no one’s interest other than the consultant’s. Say you hire a firm to review your documents. You pay them $300.00 and they evaluate what you have prepared in terms of completion of your form or documents for your immigration application. What can they really tell you? You need more documents? Your forms are incomplete? But you knew this already didn’t you? That is why you came to them in the first place. Point is if they are not hired to handle your whole case from start to finish, I can’t see how merely reviewing documents will serve any purpose.

And what do you really get?

If, after looking at your case, the consultant concludes that your application is incomplete, and you need more information etc., then what? Do they give you a list of what to do next? Do they provide you with some “how-to” kit that may or may not be applicable to your personal circumstances?

What I am getting at here is that there is no substitute or half-way, middle ground between doing your application yourself or fully hiring a law firm to represent you from start to finish.  By hiring an immigration consultant to just take a look at your case, you are really paying them for nothing of substance. So after the review is over and you paid them their fee, you have a choice: go about it on your own or hire them or another firm to do your case. In either senario you not further ahead  are out a certain amount of money.

So my advise here is don’t get caught in the document review trap. Hire a lawyer or do it yourself.

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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

16 thoughts on “Warning: Immigration Consultants who charge to review your immigration documents

  1. MennaTAllah Gomaa

    Hi there,

    I finished my immigration assessment in your website yesterday but I’m still waiting for a feedback from your end. My name is Menna, I’m Egyptian living in Kuwait and I want to immigrate to Canada. I did my research and I really don’t trust any agency to assist me with this big step of my life.

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  2. Tony

    Hi, I am an Indian working in Saudi Arabia for 3 yrs, I had recently applied for a Canadian study permit through the Canadian Visa center here, but the application was rejected on the grounds that I had failed to satisfy the officer that I would leave Canada at the end of my stay. The officer who rejected my application stated I had failed on several factors (4), but I had submitted documents satisfying those 4 factors…. I do not know what more I should provide.

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  3. Candice

    Hi, I am a British citizen with visitor status, can my Canadian husband sponsor me to stay or do I have to change my status?
    Many thanks

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      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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  4. Santo

    Hi
    I am an Indian citizen,presently working in US as post doctoral fellow.planning to get PR (express entry) i have 10 years of experience, would like to know i am eligible for express entry.

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      Hi Santo,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace. I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions. Please, complete this free immigration assessment for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and 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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  5. Md Razu Ahmed

    Hi, My name is Razu. I am from sydney, Australia. Here I am an international student. I have finished Certificate III in commercial cookery and Diploma in Hospitality (commercial cookery). I am working as a cook since 2014. I believe I finished more than 3200 hours of work experience as cook. I am interested to migrate canada. I have IELTS S6.5, L6,R6.5, W5.5. Could you please tell me do I need to do credential assessment of my cerficates to apply ?if so which organization would do it for chef or cook category? Please let me know. Thank you.

    Yours sincerely
    Razu

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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

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  6. Santosh Dsouza

    Hi Sir,

    I am from India working as a IT Engineer more then 8 years and I completed my B.Com.
    As I am looking LMIA or LMO working in Canada, if you could help me out for Job offer from Canadian employer.
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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Santosh. Unfortunately we are not a job placement service. You should check the Canadian online job sites to find something suitable. Once you have a job offer, let us know and our team of legal immigration professionals will be able to take care of the LMIA and the Work Visa that you will need.
      Regards, Vahe

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      1. Sanotsh

        Thank you Vahe Mirzoyan for your quick reply.
        If you could provide me website to apply job.

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          1. Abhishek

            Hi,
            Please let me know if you process for me. I am in india loooking for express entry.

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            1. Muga Rajbhandari

              Hello Abhishek. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you that would include having your Express Entry profile submitted. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
              Regards, Muga

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