Every day, Meritrusts Immigration Consulting answers many
questions regarding various topics on Canadian Immigration.
The following is a compilation of the most frequently asked
questions along with the answers.

Immigration to Canada

Is immigration to Canada the right choice?

With more than 100 immigration pathways and streams, moving to one of the most advanced countries which are marked as one of the happiest nations in the world, and enjoying free healthcare, and top-notch universities, high standard of living, certainly you can’t go wrong. But that cannot be said for everyone. It is best if you study and learn about Canada before you make any decision.

How to move to Canada?

There are more than 100 immigration pathways and streams. Most of these immigration programs are Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Also,  these programs are divided into two major groups. Skilled Worker streams are for young and highly educated individuals with high language (English/French) proficiency. Entrepreneur streams are for applicants who have experience in owning or running a business with a high net worth.

Is it true that immigration to Canada is getting harder?

The immigration laws and regulations change frequently to catch up with the changes in Canada’s requirements. Every change in immigration laws and regulations will benefit some groups of applicants and obviously, it will not be beneficial to the other groups. We must understand this ever-changing nature of the immigration laws and whenever there is an opportunity, use it while it lasts.

Why Canada is accepting immigrants?

Simply because immigrants help Canada to improve its economy. The population of Canada is ageing and without immigration, soon the retired population of Canada will exceed its workforce. Immigration is the means to bring all educated, experienced and qualified workforce to Canada.

Do I need high English proficiency to immigrate to Canada?

Although you must have a working knowledge of at least one of the official languages of Canada (English and French) not all of the immigration programs need a high level of English or French proficiency. Some immigration pathways do NOT require an English or French test result for the applicant to make them eligible.

Do I need a lot of money to move to Canada?

No always. Obviously in Entrepreneur streams, having a high net worth is desirable. In all of the skilled worker streams having a high net worth is not important and does NOT give any advantage over the other applicants. There is a minimum fund that skilled workers need to have to help them settle in Canada, which is equal to 6 months of minimum wage in Canada and it’s called the Settlement Fund.  Even if an applicant immigrates to Canada while having a job offer, the settlement fund requirement is waived.

Immigration Counsel

Do I need immigration counsel?

There is no legal requirement for you to hire an immigration counsel. However, many people retain immigration counsels because immigration consultants and lawyers help the applicants to present themselves the best possible way. By understanding the legal requirements, applicants can provide the documents that show the immigration officer they are eligible for their application.

How to find the right immigration counsel?

Only three groups of people can legally represent you for immigration purposes: Immigration Lawyers in good standing under one of the Canadian law societies, Immigration Consultants under the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) or notaries under the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

Does Meritrusts Immigration Consulting have all the required certificates?

Meritrusts Immigration Consulting is a Canadian company and registered in the province of Ontario. The president and senior counsel, Mr. Jubin Ahdi is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) working in good standing under CICC. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) in good standing. Mr. Ahdi is a commissionaire for taking affidavits in the province of Ontario as well. You may find some of the certificates of Meritrusts Immigration Consulting here.

Why immigration consultation is NOT free?

Simply because we charge for the time and effort that we put into our clients! Having an immigration consultation session makes you, our client (for the immigration consultation session) so we charge. We are also aware that most of the other companies that offer free consultations, will overcharge you somewhere else. As the old saying goes, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

I have just a simple question, what should I do?

To determine the best solution and strategy for your immigration matter, we must conduct a consultation with you. During a meeting, a regulated Canadian immigration consultant will ask you specific questions on your immigration issue as well as review your documentation. The consultation process is entirely confidential. There are so many aspects of the immigration law and not all of the clauses of the law are applicable or even relevant in every situation. Even worse, most of the immigration laws are some exceptions. The immigration counsel must assess your situation and apply the relevant parts of the immigration law, regulations and case laws to your case to come up with an answer. That is why there are no “simple” questions in the immigration law.

Does having an Immigration Counsel will help my application to be processed faster?

No. The immigration lawyers and consultants are not working for the government of Canada. They can not make your application faster. They also cannot guarantee the outcome of your application. On the contrary, persons who are NOT authorized immigration counsels, give applicants false promises. They claim they have unique connections and can make the application processed faster. They also guarantee a positive outcome for the applicant. However, an immigration counsel will help you to avoid mistakes in preparation and submission of your application that could potentially make your application take longer time to review and reduce the chances of your application to be refused.

Can I use the help of travel agencies and/or other individuals to prepare my immigration application?

If the travel agencies and/or individuals are not a member of one of the three regulating organizations (Canadian provincial law societies, CICC or notaries under the Chambre des notaires du Québec) they are not authorized to practice immigration law for a fee. No matter how “experienced” or “knowledgeable” they seem, it is illegal to work with these entities.

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