If you are working on the immigration process in hopes of moving to Canada, chances are you understand just how complicated it can be.
Luckily, you can have help along the way. Many hopeful immigrants choose to work with an immigration consultant Vancouver. Have you scheduled your first appointment? If so, these tips will help you make the most of the process so that you can find solutions as soon as possible.
1. Always Tell the Truth
Your consultant is there to help you, but he can’t do that if he doesn’t know the entire story. Everybody’s past has a few skeletons or a bit of baggage, so don’t try to hide yours. When your consultant begins asking personal questions, tell the truth. Be upfront about previous marriages, whether you have children anywhere in the world, whether you’ve ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, and so on. The more forthcoming you are, the easier it will be to find an immigration solution that suits you.
2. Write Down Your Questions in Advance
Chances are you have lots of questions. Write them down as you think of them. Too many times, people make the mistake of thinking they’ll remember everything they want to ask during their consultation, only to remember one or more questions they had after their appointment is over. By writing them down as you go, you not only ensure you ask everything you want to but also streamline the process as your consultant answers them. Be wary of anyone who avoids answering your questions or addressing your concerns.
3. Bring Your Documents With You
Your consultant is probably going to ask to see any documents you have, so be sure to bring them all with you. In addition to your passport and birth certificate, you’ll need to bring your arrival documents, any hearing notices or orders of removal, the applications you’ve filed and receipt notices. If you aren’t sure if your consultant will need a document, err on the side of caution and bring it with you. This way, you can ensure you aren’t wasting time or money by having documents or petitions filed on your behalf multiple times.
When choosing a consultant to help you during the immigration process, be sure to do your research. Find someone who is licensed, experienced, and professional. Ask for references if you can, and always choose someone who is friendly and professional from the very first time you contact him.