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Canadian Experience & Provincial Scheme advice please

Old Oct 7th 2010, 4:23 pm
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I have recently had my application as a Skilled Worker refused on the grounds of insufficient information. I used an Immigration lawyer for this process and they have now advised me that I have two options. I have just graduated from college and have applied for my work visa which should allow me to reside here for a further two or three years.
I am told that once I have had full time employment for one year I can apply under the Canadian Experience scheme, or if I find an employer who will opt into the Provincial Scheme I can apply immediately I commence employment.
If I use the lawyers services again it is going to cost me $4k. I have already paid this once for the application that was refused.
Has anyone applied under the Canadian Experience or Provincial Scheme without using a lawyer and just how complicated is it. $4k is a lot of money, which I am going to have to save for this purpose, if I can avoid using a lawyer I will.
I would be so appreciative of any advice anyone can offer.
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Old Oct 7th 2010, 4:47 pm
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You can easily do either yourself if you wish, and from what you've said, I certainly wouldn't use the same lawyer again!

What information was missing, was it their fault or yours? If it was a failing on their part, then I'd demand your money back if I were you.

Also, any decent consultant or lawyer will normally reapply for free for you (after all, it is using pretty much exactly the same forms so they don't even have to re-do those), so are you sure yours won't do the same?
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Hi thankyou for your reply. I came to Canada on a Student Visa and at that time the lawyer (who has since left) did not advice me that I would need proof of all my employment history. In a moment of craziness I disposed of all my old pay slips and the organisation I worked for will not provide me copies. I would have had a much better chance of getting them had I realised I needed them before I left England. Its not really anyones fault its just an unfortunate set of circumstances.
Did you do your applications yourself ? And perhaps I should look for a different lawyer closer to where I live rather than the company I used in Toronto, if I go down that route.
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In a moment of craziness I disposed of all my old pay slips and the organisation I worked for will not provide me copies.
But presumably your lawyer advised you that you don't actually need pay slips, and that references etc would suffice instead? Pay slips are great (after all, the more evidence the better), but your application certainly wouldn't be refused without them.

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Did you do your applications yourself ?
Yes, I did.

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And perhaps I should look for a different lawyer closer to where I live rather than the company I used in Toronto, if I go down that route.
It shouldn't make any difference where the lawyer or consultant is located. First thing to do is make sure that your lawyer won't do another application for free (as I said, most will do), and even if they do want to charge you bit more, it shouldn't be another full fee as most of the work will already have been done.

Good luck!

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It very much a "he said, she said " situation and I know for a fact that dont prove what they were looking for, but your right, more info in advance would have helped. This particular company who specialise in immigration for people in Canada England and Australia consider this application now closed and that a new one...regardless of what info they hold, will cost me $4k. Having just paid for two diplomas as an International Student for ECE and Child and Youth Worker, I am just not in a position to line this particular law firms pockets anymore. Myself and a 13 yr old son is more than enough to be paying out for right now. Thanks again...damn why didnt I work for Immigration lol
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