Frequently Asked Questions
We have summarized here the frequently asked questions in relation to the immigration application process.
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+ Who are allowed by Canadian law to represent foreign national clients before IRCC on immigration matters?
Only immigration lawyers and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) are legally allowed to represent foreign national clients before the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which is the federal government department that facilitates the arrival of immigrants to Canada, provides protection to refugees, and offers programs to help newcomers settle in Canada.
+ What are the key benefits of engaging the services of a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)?
The following are what we think the benefits of hiring an immigration consultant are:
- Immigration consultants went through a rigorous immigration course to develop and master their knowledge of immigration law, policies and procedures. Hence, they are in the best position, from a competency and knowledge perspective, to provide immigration advice and assistance to foreign nationals. This eliminates or reduces the risk of applications being returned or rejected due to wrong forms used, inaccurate responses, missing information and/or forms, incomplete information, etc.
- RCICs are closely regulated by ICCRC. This ensures that consultants follow the prevailing laws, rules and regulations as they provide immigration consulting services to clients. Furthermore, clients can also report erring consultants to ICCRC for any perceived violations and non-compliance with the regulations.
- Immigration consultants can provide clients the options that are most suitable for them among many available programs/pathways. This saves time, effort and financial resources on the side of the clients.
- Immigration consultant are required to comply with continuing professional educational requirements, which makes them up-to-date on changes in immigration laws, rules and regulations and qualified to provide insight on the implications of these changes.
+ Do I need to have a job offer in order to be eligible to immigrate?
No, as applicants can still qualify without a job offer. However, having a job offer from a Canadian employer gives you substantial points, which increase the likelihood of getting an ‘Invitation to Apply’ or ITA.
+ Can you provide a high-level overview of the Express Entry system?
Express Entry System is the selection system used by IRCC to select candidates for immigration to Canada. The process is as follows:
- Determine your eligibility. You can use our free assessment questionnaire for this purpose. We will email you your preliminary assessment results at no cost!
- If deemed eligible, you will be asked to complete an Express Entry profile. Once the profile is submitted, it will be included in the pool of eligible applicants and ranked based on a comprehensive ranking system (CRS).
- If your ranking is satisfactory, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). You have 90 days from receiving the ITA to submit your application for permanent residence.
+ Does RAQ Canada have regulated immigration consultants?
Yes, this is a requirement imposed by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the watchdog which regulates the operations and dealings of RCICs. The firm’s RCIC membership number is R531727.
+ What is the extent of services that RAQ Canada offers to clients?
The extent of our immigration advisory and consulting services include the following:
- Assessing and determining the immigration programs that the client qualifies for and proposing the best option for the client’s consideration
- Assisting the client in the immigration application process by providing the client with the complete and most current application package, responding to questions as the client completes the forms and prepares the relevant supporting documents, and reviewing the completed forms for completeness and accuracy
- Making the required submissions to IRCC on the clients’ behalf and assisting the clients in responding to any queries and additional requirements
- Advising the clients on next steps and options (as applicable) in cases of rejected applications due to inadmissibility grounds, and recommending ways to overcome inadmissibility (if applicable)
- Representing the clients before the administrative tribunals in cases when clients opt to appeal rejected applications
+ What factors are being evaluated in the comprehensive ranking system (CRS)?
The CRS uses the following components in ranking eligible candidates:
- Core human capital factors, which include age, level of education, language proficiency in English and/or French and Canadian work experience
- Skill transferability factors, which include education, work experience (Canadian and non-Canadian), language proficiency and certificate of qualification in a trade occupation
- Additional factors, such as provincial nomination certificate, qualifying offer of arranged employment, French language ability and sibling/s in Canada
+ What is RAQ Canada’s professional fee rates?
Our pricing or rates vary depending on the type of immigration program and the number of persons included in the application. Please refer to our current rates here.
+ Does RAQ Canada currently offer job placement services?
At the moment, the firm does not offer job placement services. However, we do work with job placement agencies in Canada. We can also provide job sites/banks to foreign nationals looking for work in the country. As immigration consultants, our work typically starts when a job offer is secured from a Canadian employer, with respect to applicants pursuing temporary work permits.
+ Does RAQ Canada have a referral rewards program for persons who would like to introduce potential new clients to the firm?
If you know of potential clients who could benefit from our services, please feel free to introduce them to us. In return, we will compensate you with 10% of total professional fees earned (net of remittance fees, if any), due and payable upon receipt of payments from the referred clients. You can earn as much as C$400 for each successful referral!