Authorized Representatives offer many advantages,....... By using the services of a fake consultant, the applicant is exposed to sub-quality application, non-expert representation and possibly a refusal of their immigration applications.
Brampton, On (PRWEB) November 09, 2011
Despite several changes introduced in recent times, Applicants from India have a number of options for Permanent Immigration to Canada. It is important that the applicants chose not only the right immigration program, but also an authorized representative to maximize their chances of success.
Transcend Consultants is a full-service Canadian Immigration Consultancy firm, operating from Brampton, Ontario and serving clients globally. Their practice areas cover economic and family immigration programs, and focuses on immigration for business or investment purposes. Their principal consultant, Deepak Kohli, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) & a management graduate with training and wide ranging experience in various Canadian immigration programs fuses his experience with a variety of industries for successful immigration outcomes.
The Federal Skilled Worker program (FSW), the most popular Canadian immigration program has undergone substantial changes in recent times, many of which are critical in nature. The changes have been triggered by a number of factors. Some of these are internal to Canada, e.g. need to select the ‘right’ economic immigrant, get the appropriate ‘mix’ of immigrants, increased inventory of applications, improve the settlement prospects of new immigrants, the need to be seen doing all of the above publicly in order to maintain continuing public support for immigration, etc. External factors influencing this process would include continuing economic challenges in other countries – thus, increasing the attraction of Canada as a destination, and leading to higher interest in Canadian immigration programs.
Some of the changes include:
- Restriction on the occupations eligible for processing.
- Restriction on the number of applications
- Requirement to provide a proof of language proficiency for all applicants
- Submission of FSW applications to an office in Canada
- Submission of a completed application (including the results of the language test e.g. IELTS)
All these changes can be confusing for immigration applicants, who may turn to a local immigration agent for advice on preparation of their applications. While the Government of Canada accepts self-represented immigration applications, it is important to understand that some applications and program requirements are not always well-defined, the program guides do not provide definitive advice on all areas of the application, and that a trained and experienced representative can help navigate the complexities of the immigration system.
However, not all the agents are trained in immigration law. Also, it is important to be aware of and understand one of the most significant changes in this area. The passing of Bill C-35 recently by the Canadian parliament makes it an offence to provide an advice related to immigration at any stage of the application, if the advisor is not an ‘Authorized Representative’ (AR), as defined by the Department of Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC).
Authorized Representatives can be one of the following:
- Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) - Member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)
- Lawyer in any province of Canada
- A Paralegal in Ontario, Canada.
Anyone who is not a member of one of the above 3 groups is an ‘Unauthorized Provider of Immigration Services’ or a Fake Consultant. By using the services of a fake consultant, the applicant is exposed to sub-quality application, non-expert representation and possibly a refusal of their immigration applications. Further, if a fake consultant is employed, but not declared, charges of misrepresentation could be laid, leading to a bar from applying for upto 2 years.
On the other hand, Authorized Representatives offer many advantages, because they are:
- well-trained – has undergone quality training before becoming an AR
- vetted – had to prove the knowledge and language capabilities through testing
- character – provide proof of good character
- continued training – has to undergo continuous training to update knowledge
- monitored – by their regulatory body (e.g. ICCRC)
- audited – to ensure that their practices are consistent with the Rules and By-laws
- subject to complaints & discipline
- and much more...
Local immigration agents do have a way out - They can tie-up with an Authorized Representative and become their Marketing Associate. This is allowed under the provisions of Bill C-35. Transcend appoints Marketing Associates in different jurisdictions. The Associates should have motivation and ethics to be able to make a grade and work for a long time.
It is desirable therefore that the applicant employs the services of an AR, to improve their immigration outcomes in different programs like Federal Skilled Worker, Canada Experience Class, Arranged Employment Opinion, Study Permit, and more. On the same note, the CIC has announced the latest addition to the Canadian Experience Class - International Students enrolled for a Ph.D. program in Canada.
For more information about the above information, or about Canadian immigration programs, contact Deepak Kohli or visit http://www.transcendconsultants.com.