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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about your appointment? Check out our FAQ or contact us.
What is the cost for an immigration consultation?
Consultations and file reviews have different price points. If you click on the schedule now button for the service that you are interested in, you will have access to a screen that shows you our current immigration consultation fees.
What if I have questions for you after our meeting?
After the initial meeting, we are happy to answer any follow up Canada immigration questions that you may have. These ongoing consultations are billed in 20 minute increments at the normal billing rate. If you have retained our firm to represent your immigration application, then there is no cost for follow up questions.
Is there anything I need to send you before our appointment?
Yes! Within 24 hours after you have booked your appointment, you will receive an email from Right Signature that contains our consult retainer agreement and a credit card authorization form. Please complete and return these documents within 24 hours of receiving them. You can complete and sign the forms entirely online – there is no need to print and scan. Sometimes this email may go into your junk mail folder, so please check there if you don’t see the email in your inbox. If we would like you to send us any additional documents before our meeting, we will email you to request them.
How do I know that you are qualified to advise me?
During an appointment at The Way Immigration you will meet with a certified Canadian Immigration Consultant who has experience in dealing with the topics that concern you. Our firm has been in operation for more than 12 years and we have assisted thousands of clients to successfully immigrate to Canada during that time. The Canadian immigration system is complicated and there are many areas to specialize in. If your situation falls outside of our realm of expertise, we will refer you to a trusted colleague who can assist you. But don’t just take our word for this. We encourage you to refer to our Google Reviews as well as the client testimonials included on our website.
Can you review my file while I meet with you?
When a client has chosen to prepare their own immigration application, and are seeking to have our office review it before they submit it for processing, we review the file without the client present, except when we are reviewing portal entries for Express Entry. It’s important that file reviews are conducted in an environment without any distraction, so that all important issues for the file are considered and carefully documented. Any distraction during a file review could result in something important being overlooked. Once your file has been thoroughly reviewed, we will provide you with written feedback. The notes are often straightforward enough that we don’t need to discuss them with you. However, anytime there are complicated issues to discuss, or if you have questions that you would like to chat about, we are happy to arrange a meeting with you after the file review.
How do I pay you?
When you book an appointment or file review, we will email you a credit card authorization form that you can complete and return electronically. If you are inside Canada, you may choose to pay via email transfer. The details of how to send the email transfer will be included with your retainer agreement.
I just have a quick question. I don’t want to schedule a consultation. Can I just email or call you?
We are happy to answer quick questions for our existing clients, because we have already met with them and have a good understanding of their immigration situation. If we have not already met with you to review your situation, we are not able to answer “just a quick question” for your situation. Canadian immigration is complicated and most often the correct answer to your “quick question” will depend on a host of other factors that are unique to your situation. You may not be aware of what you don’t know, and that could seriously affect your situation.
Here’s an example. One client recently contacted our office with questions about his Canadian Permanent Residence Application. During the course of our consultation, we discovered information that led to the conclusion that he is actually already a Canadian citizen and doesn’t need to be stressing about his application for Permanent Residence (which seemed likely to be refused at the time). If we would have just answered his quick question about his application for PR, chances are that he would have left Canada when his work permit expired and may never have come to realize that he is entitled to remain in Canada forever. That’s a big deal!
Can you find me a job in Canada?
No. Our office does not provide employment services. Please do not schedule an appointment if your only objective is for us to match you with a Canadian employer. Appointments are held in order to assess immigration situations and options. In some cases, after assessment, it may be determined that you will need a job offer in order to fulfill your immigration goals. In those instances, we will be happy to point you in the direction of how you can contact suitable Canadian employers directly.
Can you give me a list of questions to ask a Canadian Immigration Consultant?
Sure! Keep in mind that each client will have a different set of circumstances and, therefore, specific questions that are important for their case. But in general, these are the types of things we would ask if we were in your position:
- What program am I eligible for? Can you review the eligibility criteria with me?
- What are the steps involved in going through this process?
- Are there any assessments like language tests or educational assessments that I will need to undertake?
- How long does it take for these results and what is the cost?
- How long is the processing time for this program?
- Is my approval certain because I am eligible, or does the officer have discretion to make the decision based on their opinion of my application? What are my realistic chances for success?
- Do you see any red flags on my case that might cause problems or delays with the application? What are they?
- How many of these types of applications have you handled to date? What is your approval rate?
- What will my total costs be from start to finish if I undertake this process? Include all professional fees, government fees and costs to obtain needed items like a medical exam, etc.
Why don’t you offer a free consultation?
Free Canadian immigration consultation is a somewhat misleading marketing strategy, in our opinion. We seek to provide our clients with the most value it is possible to pack into an hour. We would like to share with you how we observe free consultations to work in the immigration world. We choose to work differently.
Free immigration consultations, particularly overseas, are often hosted by individuals who are not licensed to practice Canadian immigration law. We frequently see clients who have been given advice that is blatantly incorrect, and they are now encountering problems with Canada immigration as a result. Sadly, we also often meet clients who have simply been scammed out of thousands of dollars; and are coming to our firm to confirm their suspicions. They started out with a free consultation, were told they were qualified, and sent the scammer thousands of dollars but have achieved no result. For your own protection, ensure that you only work with an immigration expert who is licensed under Canadian law. You have the highest level of protection if your licensed immigration expert is located inside Canada, because Canadian authorities will be able to intervene in the event you are scammed by that individual.
Free Express Entry Assessments usually require that you first do your language test and have your educational credential assessments completed. For a single person to obtain these items will cost about $600 CAD. It will cost a couple almost $1200 CAD. In many cases, someone will spend all of this time and money, have their “free” assessment and realize that they don’t actually qualify for Express Entry. They have wasted their money. At The Way Immigration, we can predict your scores on the basis of our experience, and during your consultation we will inform you if it makes sense for you to spend the money to get your language test and educational assessments completed or not. Our paid consultation is far less costly to you than a free assessment that requires you to spend hundreds upfront.
In most cases, the outcome of a free assessment for Canadian immigration eligibility is a simple yes or no. “Yes we can help you” means that you are expected to hire the firm to represent your application; and hence the firm is able to recover their costs in providing the “free” consultation to you. At The Way Immigration, we will always share with you the results of your Canadian immigration eligibility assessment so that you can decide if you want to prepare your own application or if you want to hire our firm. We will even spend time explaining to you how you can take care of your own application if that’s your preference. We are working for your benefit during our meeting, not for the benefit of our firm.
Finally, most free Express Entry assessments simply tell you if you are eligible or not. If you are not currently eligible, you are not provided with suggestions on how to improve your Express Entry points, or other pathways to achieve your Canadian Immigration goals. When we meet with a client to assess their immigration situation, we methodically review every possible way for that client to achieve their goal of life in Canada. There are more than 80 different programs that might help you get to Canada. One of them just might be the right fit for you!
“I feel SO MUCH better”
We are always happy to see our clients smile and relax as their immigration related stress disappears during our first meeting.