“Ghost consultants” may be a contributing cause in the increase of refusals attributed to misrepresentation, a term for immigration consultants without proper certification and no measures for accountability. As reported earlier this year, applications prepared by a consultant or without representation have a notably higher chance of being rejected than those managed by a lawyer.
With the risk of misrepresentation in immigration applications high, and the repercussions potentially very serious, ensuring your application is done right the first time saves you time, money and resources.
What is Misrepresentation and How do I Avoid it?
Misrepresentation is the use of untrue or misleading information or documents in an immigration application. Misrepresentation is a crime under Canadian law, and can have serious penalties depending on severity. Lying or withholding information on an immigration application can even result in being banned from entering Canada, or removed from the country.
The best way to avoid misrepresentation is by producing a complete, truthful and accurate immigration application. This requires following the guidelines and admission criteria set by the government of Canada closely. Fortunately, at Canadim we have nearly 20 years of experience guiding clients through the immigration process, including gathering the necessary documents and overseeing the application creation and submission.
Remember, only certain people are legally authorized to represent you in the immigration process: immigration lawyers, and immigration consultants. Both lawyers and consultants must be registered with their corresponding regulatory body. Canadian immigration lawyers must complete several years of study in the legal system, and must be registered with a provincial bar association. Ensure your immigration application is in the best position to be successful with a Canadian immigration lawyer!
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