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October 6, 2022

Do I need a lawyer to apply for Express Entry?

CIC News > Latest News > > > Do I need a lawyer to apply for Express Entry? Having a lawyer can ultimately save you time and stress throughout the immigration process.

Lawyers can help a number of issues that may come up during your application for Canadian immigration.

Unexpected situations, admissibility issues, policy and regulatory changes are among some of the items that an immigration lawyer can support you through during your immigration journey. Lawyers can help your employer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if needed, then help you with your work permit application if you have a Canadian job offer.

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Having a lawyer by your side can help you prevent errors on your application, avoid misrepresentation which could lead to a five-year ban. Lawyers can also spot errors made by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and advise on the next steps. Immigration lawyers also stay up to date with the latest developments on the program and application process such as portal issues, glitches, and other expert information.

Canadian immigration lawyers are regulated by provincial authorities and the various societies that monitor the legal profession. This layer of oversight is intended to ensure a standard of knowledge, professionalism, and service. It helps ensure that you, the client, are getting the best possible legal services from a reliable representative. You can find out if your lawyer is authorized by searching online government directories.

When you try to go about the immigration process alone, you cannot always find answers to specific questions about your individual case. Our job is to help you navigate the complex legal system and become a Canadian permanent resident. Lawyers are available to answer your questions and help you find the best pathway to Canada for your situation.

A lawyer can identify programs you may not have been previously aware of and tell you which ones you may be eligible for. Lawyers can also guide you in what steps you need to take to apply for the best immigration program for you. If for some reason, IRCC decision is not in your favour, we can inform you of what options you may have to appeal.

Although there are costs in hiring a lawyer, there are also costs to not hiring a lawyer, including your time, energy, and possibly your future in Canada. Hiring a Canadian immigration lawyer is not a sunk cost, rather it is an investment toward your Canadian dream.

Even if Express Entry is not for you, there are more than 100 different ways to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. Perhaps you want to immigrate to Quebec, or through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), or another federal immigration program such as the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).

Let us help you take the first step, see if you are eligible for Canadian immigration.

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