Why Being Current Matters

Are You Keeping Up?

The latest changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, regulations, manuals, memorandums, and programs affect your ability to qualify.

You and your Immigration Professional must have an in-depth knowledge of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), and the supporting Regulations, Operation Manuals, and Instructions. New programs are introduced as others are revised or cancelled. Your knowledge must be current, and not based on old criteria. The programs that skilled workers abroad, international students and temporary foreign workers now in Canada qualify for have changed dramatically over the past several years, and how family members are defined and qualified for sponsorship is very rigidly set out in the regulations.

You must have a deep knowledge of the relevant details of the Act and Regulations to know if, and how, you qualify. You will need to know how to best promote yourself to improve your ranking. Something as seemingly harmless as how you describe the main duties of your job may see you disqualified and cause your application to be refused.

There may be unique circumstances that make you eligible to apply under Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds, or under a different program other than the one you are currently considering. You must select the right one before making your application.

Immigration law is dynamic. You need to know about the most recent changes to processes and requirements from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that may impact your case. A knowledgeable and skilled Immigration Consultant will be on top of the most recent changes and will advise you of the effect they have on your application.

An experienced and well-respected Immigration Consultant will also have established good working relationships with immigration officers and case management officials earned over many years of practice and be able to monitor the progress of your application after it is submitted.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC – CICC) who are members of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) invest considerable time and energy in maintaining current knowledge. With this they may advise their clients properly on the latest programs available and provide the best possible representation. As soon as IRCC releases a new program update or policy change, we are aware of it, and analyze the impact on files already in progress so we may proactively counsel our clients. The most important factor is having the expertise to correctly interpret these changes and act upon them promptly in accordance with how they can affect your application.

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