Based on the recent poll, I know that readers want more information about how we get positive results. We have been posting success stories since 2015. We do our best to provide detailed accounts of how to handle, process and submit applications to get the best results. Over many years, we have developed various systems that we use to help our clients. We know that other law firms are not doing these things because we hire staff who have worked at other law firms and they describe the work at those firms. Every team member at CIL has to go through training at the beginning of their position to learn our systems and raise the quality of their work. We know we have high standards and high expectations. We are extremely critical of our own work product. We want to give our clients the absolute best chance at success.
For today’s post, I have to pick which approval to highlight. Over the past few days, we have had Work Permits approved, IAD appeals approved, RPD claims approved and multiple SCLPC Class applications approved. We do not have the time to give summaries of all our approvals. We try to choose the ones with the most helpful case summary for readers.
MPNP PR APPROVED
I want to highlight a file that was approved on Nov 10th. This is a family who applied through the MPNP program. We get many clients who struggle with the MPNP program, including the MPNP BIS stream. Officers can scrutinize the documents and cause frustration and stress.
In this case, our clients retained a representative who lied to them about their application. The representative dropped the ball. They trusted this person to handle their immigration matters and they were let down. They missed the deadline and they were at risk of being deported from Canada.
Clients may spend $$$$ to come to Manitoba to study. They work hard. They try to find the best job in a tough market. They may get a job that is beneath their skill set, and yet they continue to work and contribute to the Canadian economy.
Many of our clients have sacrificed so much so they have a better future.
For this family, we needed to convince the Officer that the applicants were victims of the representative’s incompetence. We did that. The Officer could see from the emails that the representative did not properly handle the case. The applicants did everything in their power to get a good result – except make the decision to hire a good representative.
Our clients deeply regret hiring a bad representative. Thankfully, they came to CIL at a point in the process that we could fix the mess.
How can you avoid being a victim?
Obviously, the clear solution is to book a consultation so we can help; however, the team at CIL cannot help everyone. We know that we have limitations and we have to limit the number of clients to ensure high quality of service. We also have to be aware of burnout and compassion fatigue. This is a common issue among representatives who truly care about their clients.
Here is a list of recommendations:
- Avoid representatives who give guarantees and/or promises. The representative is not the decision maker. They cannot guarantee a positive result. If your situation is so clear that, you believe, you have a 100% chance of success, do it yourself!
- Demand copies of all documents sent to IRCC/ CBSA/ IRB on your behalf. Those documents have your personal information and they may have a direct impact on your future.
- Trust your gut. If a representative (lawyer or consultant) avoids questions and you do not get a good feeling, run away.
- Don’t cheap out. Prices are important. Of course. Fees can be high. In my experience, fees are not correlated with quality. There are crappy representatives who charge very high fees. There are good representatives who charge reasonable rates. Be informed.
In 2016, we published 12 Tips for Choosing an Immigration Lawyer. This may be a useful guide. We also have Referral Partners on our site with links to other immigration lawyers in Canada who are very good.