What Are The Actual Steps In The Immigration Process?
By Author: Admin | March 20, 2012
- If you are considering immigration to Canada, you would be wise to have an immigration lawyer assess your case. They can help you decide which immigration program would be the best fit for your skills.
- If you hire an immigration lawyer to help you with your application, make sure that you read the retainer agreement before signing it. The retainer should list the lawyer’s fees and what he is responsible for helping you with.
- Next you will have to gather all the necessary documents that are needed in order for your application to be processed. Your lawyer should be able to supply you with a list of the documents you will need based on the immigration program you have chosen.
- Bring all the documents you have collected to your lawyer. The two of you should then be able to sit down and fill out the application for immigration. Most immigration lawyers now have special software so that the whole application can be filled out online and then printed.
- When the application is complete your lawyer will organize it and your documents to make them more presentable to the immigration department. If necessary, your lawyer will also prepare and submit legal submissions along with your application forms.
- Ask your lawyer which visa office you should submit your application to if you have not already discussed this matter.
- You or your lawyer should monitor the progress of your application as it goes through the processing. This can normally be done online through the CIC website.
- You should receive a notice of when to appear for you interview. Your immigration lawyer can help you prepare for the questions you will be asked during the interview.
- Your interview will be held at the same visa office where you submitted your immigration application. You should receive notification of the date and time in advance.
- After your interview you will have to wait for a letter of acceptance or denial. In either case the notification will be sent to you as a written letter.
- You will either be issued your visa or you and your lawyer may have to meet to discuss what your next step should be if you were denied.
The application processing could take from 12-18 months depending on how many applications are ahead of yours and which immigration program you are applying under. While you are waiting to hear back from them you may want to consider obtaining a temporary work permit visa, this will allow you to obtain a job and work on establishing a home in Canada.
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