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Why do I need an immigration counsel? /What could go wrong?

You do NOT have to hire representation in your immigration matters.  However, there are many advantages to allowing professionals who are familiar with Canadian Immigration Law to handle your file.  An Immigration Consultant is the perfect choice for those who wish to give themselves the best chance for a first time approval but may not be able to afford an expensive attorney.

Common potential problems with applications for temporary or permanent residence:

Incomplete application

poor presentation, which results in

inadequate addressing of weaknesses and strengths

none or insufficient reference to applicable Immigration legislation, immigration policies, case law

none or ineffective submission letter

Inadmissibility (burden on social services, danger to the public, security grounds, abuse of immigration process or other policy reasons

Misrepresentation or mistakes in the initial stage of SAP applications (simplified application process) resulting in refusal at the end of the processing process

Specific potential problems with business category applications:

Incomplete or conflicting documentation and/or information about applicant’s business

Incomplete and/or conflicting information in the financial statements

Missing documentation of net worth accumulation

Neglecting specific net worth and business requirements of the chosen category

Insufficient knowledge about relevant business and economic factors in Canada

Business plan, if applicable, is only a summary and not detailed enough and professional

False, incomplete, unprofessional analysis, interpretation and submission of applicant’s business and business plans for Canada

What's the difference between a lawyer and an Immigration Consultant?

An Immigration Consultant (ICCRC member) and an immigration lawyer who both have strong background in the specific area of immigration should serve you equally well. You should always find out if they have an in-depth knowledge and experience working in the specific area of immigration law that pertains to you.

Many types of appeals can be handled effectively by a consultant. However, certain categories of failed applications can only be appealed in Federal Court, and only a lawyer may represent you. We do have existing relationships with attorneys who are capable of assisting you should it be necessary to switch to an Immigration lawyer.

Immigration Consultants work in Immigration matters all day long, and no other area, much like lawyers that are Immigration specialists. Keep in mind; many lawyers have little or no experience working in Immigration law. Whoever you decide on, ask lots of questions, and choose someone you feel comfortable with!


My consultant isn't a member of ICCRC. What do I do?

ICCRC was created to protect you as a consumer, and its members must adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct and meet standards of knowledge and competency. Non-ICCRC consultants are NOT allowed to represent you in any matter with Canada Immigration, and any application prepared by a paid representative that is not a ICCRC member will be returned by Canada Immigration. Do NOT give these people your money!

I've already started the immigration process on my own and I've run into problems - can you help me?

Yes. Although we typically see immigration files through from start to finish, we are available to assist you if you have started the process on your own and you are now experiencing difficulties with Immigration Canada. We will charge you on a per hour basis for these services. Our clients in this category usually send us a list of questions through e-mail, and we send back a detailed response.

How long will the process take?

This is a difficult question to answer. Depending on your circumstances, the immigration process can take between 6 months and two years or more. There are several provincial programs designed to speed up the process for certain workers. No matter how long the process takes, your fee will cover all of our work during that period (unless something very unusual arises).  Email us for more information.

What affects the processing time of my application for Immigration to Canada?

Many factors are involved, with the most determining one being the volume of applications being handled by the Visa post in question. Other factors are the kind of application you are making, and how complete the application is, with all forms completed and all requested documentation attached at the outset. Your file may be selected for a detailed background security screening; this is done at random, and will add several months to completing your file.

I'm married; I have the marriage certificate, that's all I need for Canada Immigration, right?

No. Canada Immigration will want to see substantial documentation to prove beyond reasonable doubt that your relationship is both genuine and ongoing. A poorly documented application will be delayed, and may face needless challenges. We make sure that your relationship is very well documented, so that you aren’t challenged by Canada Immigration by relying on the proof of one document alone.


Should I apply as a refugee? My counsel suggested that I should.

If you have good reason to believe that you are in danger, and are afraid to return home, then the refugee claim was intended for you and you have been given sound advice. If you have been 'encouraged' to file as refugee because you don't qualify in other ways, and someone has offered to embellish or create a story for you, and you have been promised an easy work permit and social assistance, then that is not in your best interest, and you will have lost all your fees in the end, and damaged your credibility for any future application that you may qualify for.

I am here illegally, and I have heard about an amnesty for workers or people who have been here for a long time. Is this true?

There has been talk about the potential of a special program to 'legalize' those who are working without the proper Work Permits, but as of now there has been no program put in place. There may be some merit to a Humanitarian and Compassionate application, if your personal circumstances warrant it. It's always best to ask someone who has lots of experience working with these unique applications, and will treat your inquiry with care and respect.

I have a failed application. I was given bad advice, which I now regret taking. Can I make a new application using your services?

That all depends on what went wrong in the first application and the reason that was given for the decline. Some applications cannot be repeated, like refugee claims. Others may qualify to be appealed within the prescribed periods set out by Canada Immigration. If there was no misrepresentation in the first application, and the grounds for the original application still exist, then a new application can be made, and is often successful.

Tell me more about the (ICCRC) Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
.  Who are they?

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) was created to regulate the profession of Immigration Consultants. To become a member, the Immigration Consultant must meet ICCRC's requirements, pass knowledge tests, adhere to a strict code of professional conduct, and demonstrate their good character. Only consultants who are members of ICCRC are allowed to represent an applicant to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, either in Canada or at any Canada Immigration office internationally.  Natasha Thompson is a member of ICCRC. You may review complete details on ICCRC's mandate by visiting their website at http://www.iccrc-crcic.ca.

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

1100 Burloak Drive, Suite 300

Burlington, Ontario  L7L 6B2  Canada

Tel: 1-877-836-7543

Fax: 1-877-315-9868

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Can you assist me in finding business opportunities, property or employment once I arrive in Canada?

Yes. We can assist in these areas through our many partners. We encourage our clients to stay in touch with us once they arrive, as we can be a valuable source of information in all aspects of Canadian life.

I am an immigration agent in a foreign country, would you be interested in assisting my clients immigrate to Canada?

Yes, we are always open to discussing arrangements with foreign agents. Contact us to discuss this further.

Why should I consider hiring Monarch Consulting?

You can be assured that you will receive honest and accurate information, plenty of personal attention, the highest quality work, detailed submissions that outline how your application qualifies, and skilled representation in any challenges from Canada Immigration. If you don’t qualify, we won’t accept your money. It's that simple. We make this process as smooth and as easy for you as possible. We continue to serve clients in our community and across the world and we sincerely hope to be working for you soon.  Contact us today!




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