Anybody used workpermit.com

Old Jan 15th 2004, 9:16 pm
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as immigration consultants?
There are so many to choose from could do with a reccommendation.
We are applying in the skilled worker category and hope to go to BC.
They have a money back guarantee and their prices don't seem too extortionate.

If nobody has used them perhaps somebody could tell me what to look for in a consultant or what questions to ask?
Many thanks
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Old Jan 16th 2004, 3:10 am
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Workpermit.com is based in UK.

As of April 1st 2004 Canadian immigration (CIC) will only communicate with
fee-charging representatives if they are members in good standing of the
Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) or a provincial or
territorial law society. Membership in those bodies is available exclusively
to Canadian citizens and permanent residents - so those agents that are
based abroad and are not members in good standing of CSIC or law society in
Canada will no longer be able to represent you.

If you want to hire an expert then hire a reputable one based in Canada.

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    > as immigration consultants?
    > There are so many to choose from could do with a reccommendation.
    > We are applying in the skilled worker category and hope to go to BC.
    > They have a money back guarantee and their prices don't seem too
    > extortionate.
    > If nobody has used them perhaps somebody could tell me what to look for
    > in a consultant or what questions to ask?
    > Many thanks
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Old Jan 16th 2004, 8:46 am
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Hi Andrew
Interesting answer thanks for that. I assume then that most immigration companies will quickly set up their offices in all countries they're supplying advice on if they haven't already. I find it amazing if its true that a UK person has to deal with somebody in Canada surely somebody based in UK is easier to have a face to face meeting with etc. Perhaps I am reading your answer incorrectly?
Anyway thanks for the advice re get a reputable company but how does one find such a thing is their a registration system?
Many thanks for replying
Regards




Originally posted by Andrew Miller
Workpermit.com is based in UK.

As of April 1st 2004 Canadian immigration (CIC) will only communicate with
fee-charging representatives if they are members in good standing of the
Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) or a provincial or
territorial law society. Membership in those bodies is available exclusively
to Canadian citizens and permanent residents - so those agents that are
based abroad and are not members in good standing of CSIC or law society in
Canada will no longer be able to represent you.

If you want to hire an expert then hire a reputable one based in Canada.

--

../..

Andrew Miller
Immigration Consultant
Vancouver, British Columbia
email: [email protected]
(delete REMOVE from the above address before sending email)
________________________________


"Macca" <member20080@british_expats.com> wrote in message
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    > as immigration consultants?
    > There are so many to choose from could do with a reccommendation.
    > We are applying in the skilled worker category and hope to go to BC.
    > They have a money back guarantee and their prices don't seem too
    > extortionate.
    > If nobody has used them perhaps somebody could tell me what to look for
    > in a consultant or what questions to ask?
    > Many thanks
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
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Old Jan 16th 2004, 8:50 am
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Ignore my post below you've already answered my question I'm off to look at their website now.
Thousand apologies


Originally posted by Andrew Miller
Workpermit.com is based in UK.

As of April 1st 2004 Canadian immigration (CIC) will only communicate with
fee-charging representatives if they are members in good standing of the
Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) or a provincial or
territorial law society. Membership in those bodies is available exclusively
to Canadian citizens and permanent residents - so those agents that are
based abroad and are not members in good standing of CSIC or law society in
Canada will no longer be able to represent you.

If you want to hire an expert then hire a reputable one based in Canada.

--

../..

Andrew Miller
Immigration Consultant
Vancouver, British Columbia
email: [email protected]
(delete REMOVE from the above address before sending email)
________________________________


"Macca" <member20080@british_expats.com> wrote in message
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    > as immigration consultants?
    > There are so many to choose from could do with a reccommendation.
    > We are applying in the skilled worker category and hope to go to BC.
    > They have a money back guarantee and their prices don't seem too
    > extortionate.
    > If nobody has used them perhaps somebody could tell me what to look for
    > in a consultant or what questions to ask?
    > Many thanks
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
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Old Jan 16th 2004, 11:00 am
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Unfortunately for those firms based outside Canada our government is
regulating immigration consultants as of April 1st. Only consultants who are
Canadians (citizens and permanent residents) will be able to become members
of CSIC, the organization incorporated by government to oversee and
self-regulate immigration consultants.

What I found rather amazing is that you prefer to work with someone who is
not in Canada and doesn't have the level of access to information and ever
changing rules as Canada based practitioners. More - CIC for years was
warning that hiring representative based outside Canada is a bad idea as
such are outside Canada's jurisdiction and Canadian government cannot help
you if you have conflict with them. This is why regulation and this is why
emphasis on Canadian consultants as they are within Canada's jurisdiction
and face legal consequences if the cheat you. Those abroad don't.

See all links below:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/departm...nts/index.html

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/press/03/0356-pre.html

http://www.csic-scci.ca/indexe.htm

http://www.csic-scci.ca/rel191203e.htm

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Vancouver, British Columbia
email: [email protected]
(delete REMOVE from the above address before sending email)
________________________________


"Macca" <member20080@british_expats.com> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Hi Andrew
    > Interesting answer thanks for that. I assume then that most immigration
    > companies will quickly set up their offices in all countries they're
    > supplying advice on if they haven't already. I find it amazing if its
    > true that a UK person has to deal with somebody in Canada surely
    > somebody based in UK is easier to have a face to face meeting with etc.
    > Perhaps I am reading your answer incorrectly?
    > Anyway thanks for the advice re get a reputable company but how does one
    > find such a thing is their a registration system?
    > Many thanks for replying
    > Regards
    > Originally posted by Andrew Miller
    > > Workpermit.com is based in UK.
    > >
    > > As of April 1st 2004 Canadian immigration (CIC) will only
    > > communicate with
    > > fee-charging representatives if they are members in good
    > > standing of the
    > > Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) or a provincial or
    > > territorial law society. Membership in those bodies is available
    > > exclusively
    > > to Canadian citizens and permanent residents - so those agents
    > > that are
    > > based abroad and are not members in good standing of CSIC or law
    > > society in
    > > Canada will no longer be able to represent you.
    > >
    > > If you want to hire an expert then hire a reputable one based
    > > in Canada.
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > ../..
    > >
    > > Andrew Miller
    > > Immigration Consultant
    > > Vancouver, British Columbia
    > > email: [email protected]
    > > (delete REMOVE from the above address before sending email)
    > > ________________________________
    > >
    > >
    > > "Macca" <member20080@british_expats.com> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]"]news:1175870.1074248-
    > > [email protected][/url]...
    > > > as immigration consultants?
    > > > There are so many to choose from could do with a
    > > reccommendation.
    > > > We are applying in the skilled worker category and hope to go to
    > > BC.
    > > > They have a money back guarantee and their prices don't seem
    > > too
    > > > extortionate.
    > > > If nobody has used them perhaps somebody could tell me what to
    > > look for
    > > > in a consultant or what questions to ask?
    > > > Many thanks
    > > > --
    > > Posted via http://britishexpats.com/"]http://britishexpats.-
    > com[/url]
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Jan 16th 2004, 11:14 pm
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Hi thanks again for that most useful.
Its not that I particularly want to work with someone outside Canada its just that sometimes people who are working here sometimes are able to interpret what we Brits do - what our quals mean, our different job titles etc etc. Obviously they also need to be very well versed in Candain immigration law as well. I really don't mind who I use as long as they give me a good value for money service and get me in!!!!
Thanks again really appreciate the time you have taken to respond.
Regards



Originally posted by Andrew Miller
Unfortunately for those firms based outside Canada our government is
regulating immigration consultants as of April 1st. Only consultants who are
Canadians (citizens and permanent residents) will be able to become members
of CSIC, the organization incorporated by government to oversee and
self-regulate immigration consultants.

What I found rather amazing is that you prefer to work with someone who is
not in Canada and doesn't have the level of access to information and ever
changing rules as Canada based practitioners. More - CIC for years was
warning that hiring representative based outside Canada is a bad idea as
such are outside Canada's jurisdiction and Canadian government cannot help
you if you have conflict with them. This is why regulation and this is why
emphasis on Canadian consultants as they are within Canada's jurisdiction
and face legal consequences if the cheat you. Those abroad don't.

See all links below:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/departm...nts/index.html

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/press/03/0356-pre.html

http://www.csic-scci.ca/indexe.htm

http://www.csic-scci.ca/rel191203e.htm

--

../..

Andrew Miller
Immigration Consultant
Vancouver, British Columbia
email: [email protected]
(delete REMOVE from the above address before sending email)
________________________________


"Macca" <member20080@british_expats.com> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Hi Andrew
    > Interesting answer thanks for that. I assume then that most immigration
    > companies will quickly set up their offices in all countries they're
    > supplying advice on if they haven't already. I find it amazing if its
    > true that a UK person has to deal with somebody in Canada surely
    > somebody based in UK is easier to have a face to face meeting with etc.
    > Perhaps I am reading your answer incorrectly?
    > Anyway thanks for the advice re get a reputable company but how does one
    > find such a thing is their a registration system?
    > Many thanks for replying
    > Regards
    > Originally posted by Andrew Miller
    > > Workpermit.com is based in UK.
    > >
    > > As of April 1st 2004 Canadian immigration (CIC) will only
    > > communicate with
    > > fee-charging representatives if they are members in good
    > > standing of the
    > > Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) or a provincial or
    > > territorial law society. Membership in those bodies is available
    > > exclusively
    > > to Canadian citizens and permanent residents - so those agents
    > > that are
    > > based abroad and are not members in good standing of CSIC or law
    > > society in
    > > Canada will no longer be able to represent you.
    > >
    > > If you want to hire an expert then hire a reputable one based
    > > in Canada.
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > ../..
    > >
    > > Andrew Miller
    > > Immigration Consultant
    > > Vancouver, British Columbia
    > > email: [email protected]
    > > (delete REMOVE from the above address before sending email)
    > > ________________________________
    > >
    > >
    > > "Macca" <member20080@british_expats.com> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]"]news:1175870.1074248-
    > > [email protected][/url]...
    > > > as immigration consultants?
    > > > There are so many to choose from could do with a
    > > reccommendation.
    > > > We are applying in the skilled worker category and hope to go to
    > > BC.
    > > > They have a money back guarantee and their prices don't seem
    > > too
    > > > extortionate.
    > > > If nobody has used them perhaps somebody could tell me what to
    > > look for
    > > > in a consultant or what questions to ask?
    > > > Many thanks
    > > > --
    > > Posted via http://britishexpats.com/"]http://britishexpats.-
    > com[/url]
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
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Old Jan 18th 2004, 5:33 pm
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"Andrew Miller" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<nW_Nb.20317$Eq.11324@clgrps12>...
    > Unfortunately for those firms based outside Canada our government is
    > regulating immigration consultants as of April 1st. Only consultants who are
    > Canadians (citizens and permanent residents) will be able to become members
    > of CSIC, the organization incorporated by government to oversee and
    > self-regulate immigration consultants.
    >
    > What I found rather amazing is that you prefer to work with someone who is
    > not in Canada and doesn't have the level of access to information and ever
    > changing rules as Canada based practitioners. More - CIC for years was
    > warning that hiring representative based outside Canada is a bad idea as
    > such are outside Canada's jurisdiction and Canadian government cannot help
    > you if you have conflict with them. This is why regulation and this is why
    > emphasis on Canadian consultants as they are within Canada's jurisdiction
    > and face legal consequences if the cheat you. Those abroad don't.
    >
    > See all links below:

Mr Miller I have a question in this regard

a lot the foreign consultants (outside canada) have something called
head office in canada. would they be able to work after april 2004.

on practice these foreign agents prepare all the paperwork outside
canada
(but they have a canadian office as well and are registered as a
business there through some candina pr/citizen. will they be able to
operate after april 1st )
 
Old Jan 18th 2004, 5:43 pm
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It doesn't matter if they have "head office" in Canada or not. It is the
head office in Canada that will be able to represent clients, not those
firms abroad. Providing of course that owner is member in good standing of
Provincial bar association or CSIC. How "head offices" run their business
abroad is up to them, but it will be "head offices" and their proprietors in
Canada now legally and financially liable for all wrongdoings of their
agents abroad. So, expect some changes anyway.

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    > "Andrew Miller" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:<nW_Nb.20317$Eq.11324@clgrps12>...
    > > Unfortunately for those firms based outside Canada our government is
    > > regulating immigration consultants as of April 1st. Only consultants who
are
    > > Canadians (citizens and permanent residents) will be able to become
members
    > > of CSIC, the organization incorporated by government to oversee and
    > > self-regulate immigration consultants.
    > >
    > > What I found rather amazing is that you prefer to work with someone who
is
    > > not in Canada and doesn't have the level of access to information and
ever
    > > changing rules as Canada based practitioners. More - CIC for years was
    > > warning that hiring representative based outside Canada is a bad idea as
    > > such are outside Canada's jurisdiction and Canadian government cannot
help
    > > you if you have conflict with them. This is why regulation and this is
why
    > > emphasis on Canadian consultants as they are within Canada's
jurisdiction
    > > and face legal consequences if the cheat you. Those abroad don't.
    > >
    > > See all links below:
    > Mr Miller I have a question in this regard
    > a lot the foreign consultants (outside canada) have something called
    > head office in canada. would they be able to work after april 2004.
    > on practice these foreign agents prepare all the paperwork outside
    > canada
    > (but they have a canadian office as well and are registered as a
    > business there through some candina pr/citizen. will they be able to
    > operate after april 1st )
 
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Hi,

Would be interested to hear if anyone has successfully immigrated via a consultant. It is hard to choose. One that I was advsied to try never seems to be available - always an answer phone and slow to return calls. We are now considering using Russell Monsurate - www.russcanada.com. Don't know if anyone has immigrated using him but would welcome any feedback.

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The Following may be of little interest or use to you because I am still in the process of immegrating, and therefore not in a position to judge how good they are.

However I am using:
immigration.ca
http://www.immigration.ca/


Originally Posted by brewsterbear
Hi,

Would be interested to hear if anyone has successfully immigrated via a consultant. It is hard to choose. One that I was advsied to try never seems to be available - always an answer phone and slow to return calls. We are now considering using Russell Monsurate - www.russcanada.com. Don't know if anyone has immigrated using him but would welcome any feedback.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by Macca
as immigration consultants?
There are so many to choose from could do with a reccommendation.
We are applying in the skilled worker category and hope to go to BC.
They have a money back guarantee and their prices don't seem too extortionate.

If nobody has used them perhaps somebody could tell me what to look for in a consultant or what questions to ask?
Many thanks
We are using them and they fit all the criteria. There is no need to use someone who seems to be selling via the forum. There are many companies in and out of Canada that are just as competent as each other. Also many that are not. Approach your chosen company and get everything in writing.

I agree it is useful to have an ear this side of the pond especially if you want to do it face to face from time to time.

Just my opinion.
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It is true that you can only use Canadian consultants. You can verify this info from Canadian Government Immigration site www.cic.gc.ca. This new regulation has been done to protect future applicants. All consultants who are accepted as members have to show they have at least minimal required knowledge of the immigration issues they are dealing with. They have a membership number so that you can confirm their status as a member.

You can also apply on your own. Just do everything with a proper care, make your application representable. Any additional info that needs clarifying, you can present in your cover letter,the one that you attach on that smart looking folder you prepare. I am sure you are capable of doing this with your level of education that will guarantee you entry with a current point system.

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Originally Posted by SANDRAPAUL
We are using them and they fit all the criteria. There is no need to use someone who seems to be selling via the forum. There are many companies in and out of Canada that are just as competent as each other. Also many that are not. Approach your chosen company and get everything in writing.

I agree it is useful to have an ear this side of the pond especially if you want to do it face to face from time to time.

Just my opinion.
I feel that a Major question to mention in this context is: do you need a consultant.

If your case is clear cut (safe margin on points, no criminal or security issues, no other liabilities or risks in the process) then all a consultant will do for you is save some reading and some legwork. He may fill out the forms for you based on an Interview and you can call him with questions. You may have a bit more peace of mind when preparing the initial application, allthough I personally feel more at ease having worked myself deep enough into the procedure to send mine off on my own. That knowledge gives me more peace of mind, than I would have, had someone else done it for me. A consultant will not speed up your timeline in any way, and sometimes you can get quicker and more reliable answers to your questions on the forum, because you get multiple opinions.

Dont get me wrong, an expert is invaluable for critical and borderline cases, but I feel the process has been intentionally designed in such a straight forward way, that you can do it on your own. I and many others on this forum have.
And it feels like a good way to start your new life.

Just my 2 cents worth
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Originally Posted by SANDRAPAUL
There is no need to use someone who seems to be selling via the forum.
Why not?! Andrew Millar and others, give up a lot of time answering a great deal of questions to many users of this board. Sure, they are advertising their services, but why not?

Just my 2 pence worth
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Originally Posted by Buckrogers
Why not?! Andrew Millar and others, give up a lot of time answering a great deal of questions to many users of this board. Sure, they are advertising their services, but why not?

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You should read. I said there is no need. Not to not to! Its up to the individual!!!!
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