Once you have contacted an Immigration Representative and verified its membership with the CSIC, I recommend proceeding as follows:
I. Arrange an interview with the Representative.
It can be a personal or telephone interview. I recommend arranging a personal interview (face to face) so that you can meet your Representative and analyze his work environment. You should explain him or her about your situation, and your immigration objectives. He will most likely ask you several questions related to your work experience, education, age, etc. in order to evaluate your status and to know if you will meet the pass mark. You should ask your Representative his working method and timeline.
You should clarify with your Representative (from day one) everything related to the fees. Normally, you have to pay legal fees (for their consulting service) and also government fees (for the Canadian government). You should ask your agent for a convenient payment plan, which would be paying only a percentage of the legal fees when you start the process and the remaining amount once your visa is approved. I also recommend asking your Representative for a 100% money back guarantee, which would mean that in case your visa is not approved they should give you a full refund of the legal fees.
III. Supporting Documents
Your Representative should give you a checklist of all the supporting documents that you should gather in order to submit the application. Once you receive the checklist, you should be in constant communication with your representative to clarify any questions that you may have related to the documents. Since you will have to send
the documents to your representative by mail or courier, you should confirm with him/her that the documents are correct before sending them.
I recommend always communicating in writing with your Representative (email), so that you can keep a record and evidence of your messages. By doing this, you will be able to proof everything that your Representative told you, in case you have to claim your money back if your visa is denied and you have a Money Back guarantee.
b) Applying by yourself
You can also apply by yourself. The advantage is that you save the legal fees of the Representative, which sometimes can be 2 to 3 times the government fees. If you decide to apply by yourself, you only have to pay the government fees, which will be explained in the following sections.
If you decide to apply by yourself, the following sections will be very useful, since I will provide a detailed explanation of the supporting documents that you need to gather in order to submit your application. Gathering the supporting documentation can sometimes is the most difficult part of the process.
The most important question is: Why Canada?
Are you looking for a better quality of life? Are you interested in better education for you and your family members? Are you looking for a better work environment? Are you interested in beautiful landscapes and peaceful surroundings? Well, in my opinion you have made an excellent decision when you though about Canada as an option to immigrate. We will walk together in one direction and with one goal in mind: starting your new life in this beautiful country. We will walk together, because we have one thing in common: we both know that there are more options for living our life than the life that was assigned to us since the moment we were born. We were born surrounded by several circumstances, such as our country of residence. If we live our life unconsciously, without evaluating and analyzing the direction of our steps, we will most likely live, grow and die in the same country doing the same things. However, if we decide to live consciously, we will realize that we can create and imagine different ways to live our only life. I am certain that you have already made a pause in the journey of your life and evaluated the direction of your steps. You are using this guide for a reason, and most likely this reason is that you are
convinced that you can design a better life. You are willing to take risks and you are ready to start walking in a new direction.
Again, why Canada? Well, we will answer this question together analyzing some interesting facts about this beautiful country.
One of the main reasons to choose Canada as your country of residence is its quality of life. Canada has been rated several years by the United Nations as the #1 place to live in the World, based upon various factors such as standard of living, environment, and other factors. This survey (published in the United Nations´ Human Development Report) measures several factors on life in the country; however income levels are not used as a main source of measurement.