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.
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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