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Old Oct 7th 2010, 6:00 am
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Hi Everyone,

I am a self employed plumber from the U.K. am I interested in immigrating to Canada with my wife under the Federal Skilled Worker route.
I was wondering how many of you out there chose to undertake the process yourself or hired a consultant / lawyer to help you and if so who did you choose and how good were / are they.

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Welcome to BE

Once upon a time there was a poll asking the same thing, and I seem to recall it was about 2:1 in favour of DIY. That might go back to the older process, which was perhaps a bit more complicated, but it gives an idea.

There are good and bad consultants/ lawyers out there, but generally the applicant will end up gathering all the supporting documentation/ evidence for the application, and thats really the hard work.

FWIW there is a wiki on the topic...
http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Catego...on_Consultants

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We did the spousal route. We visited an immigration consultant when we were visiting Canada about 2 years ago. We asked a lot of questions and when we decided to apply, chose to do it ourselves. The paperwork was endless and we had to provide piles of documentation and photos. We couldn't figure out where an Immigration consultant would have been able to help with any of it.
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Originally Posted by Allie73
We did the spousal route. We visited an immigration consultant when we were visiting Canada about 2 years ago. We asked a lot of questions and when we decided to apply, chose to do it ourselves. The paperwork was endless and we had to provide piles of documentation and photos. We couldn't figure out where an Immigration consultant would have been able to help with any of it.
I used the DIY route, many posts on here state that even if you employ a consultant etc... you still end up compiling all the documentation which is most of the work. So I guess unless your case is complicated ask yourself where they would add any value?
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we used a consultant and gor ripped off £6000. we didnt have a clue where to start with the immigration process thats why we chose to use a consultant. Never got our money back as the company went bust but like people say you end up doing all the hard work yourself so i dont see the point of one. we did it on our own in the end. You will get alot of help on this site if you get stuck with any questions.
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Originally Posted by ted34
Hi Everyone,

I am a self employed plumber from the U.K. am I interested in immigrating to Canada with my wife under the Federal Skilled Worker route.
I was wondering how many of you out there chose to undertake the process yourself or hired a consultant / lawyer to help you and if so who did you choose and how good were / are they.

Many Thanks

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Are you concerned it might be harder or more complicated because of your self-employed status?
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Hi,

Many thanks for your replies, I wasn't concerned that it may be harder because I'm self employed, it was just the uncertainty of the whole process and weather we would be able to do it on our own but it seems that a lot of people go the D.I.Y. route.

Is anyone going to the Emigrate exhibition tomorrow in Yorkshire?


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We did the work ourselves. The paperwork was endless, but ultimately it is not too bad. We went to one of the emigrate shows, which had people from some of the provines and the High Comission; we asked them "Can you do the paperwork yourself or is it better to get a consultant/lawyer?" The unequivical answer was do it yourself. We are planning on using the money we saved by do doing the work ourselves to get our stuff shipped to Canada.

Hope this helps and good luck.

p.s. The emigrate show we went to was a couple of years ago, not too bad, in our opinion, but I wouldn't make a long trip to one (say more than 50 miles)and you can get a truckload of info on here.
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Originally Posted by ted34
Hi,

Many thanks for your replies, I wasn't concerned that it may be harder because I'm self employed, it was just the uncertainty of the whole process and weather we would be able to do it on our own but it seems that a lot of people go the D.I.Y. route.

Is anyone going to the Emigrate exhibition tomorrow in Yorkshire?


Many Thanks

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Waggle is going to an Expo this weekend - could be the same one.
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We decided to do all the paperwork ourselves. Being a "Consultant" myself (not immigration though I hasten to say), I am rather dubious of a service that hand holds you through a process that is extremely well documented. There is also a huge amount of information and support on this site if you have any issues. For us, the secret was not to look at the whole immigration question as one exercise, but to break it down into baby steps; each one of which is surmountable. Then, when you've got all the separate bits, start to put them together from the beginning to the end. I know this sounds like stating the "bleedin' obvious", but really, it works. A Consultant might reassure and double check things for you, but I think you can cross check and then cross check again (and again) yourself.

Good luck - we will be on Vancouver Island by this time in 2 weeks! Bloody hell!!
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Hi,

We did the whole process ourselves. The forms and guides are all available on the immigration website.
You also have this site which will answer all your questions.
You will find that even with a consultant you will be doing most of the paperwork and research.
We applied in 2006 when you had to send the whole file off at the time of application. This took us around 4 months to complete and file as they like it.
We have been here since Feb this year and it was all worth it 200%
Get your forms off!
I applied as an electrician.
Best of luck with it.
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we have been doing it ourselves, or I should say I have been doing it all MYSELF! lol (its me who wants to go home, so my job to get us there)

it has been taking me forever and to be honest I have been feeling like I wanted to hire a lawyer for an hour or two just to get me past my last set of questions and reassure me that I have filled out all the correct information, forms etc... but the cheapest quote I got was for $250 an hour so have just plugged on. Im so glad I have found this site, and wish I had thought to find it sooner!

good advice above as well from whoever said to do it in small chunks, I have to say it has been daunting. Especially when you dive into the whole thing and try to see it all done at once.

good luck to you
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Hi Everybody,

Many thanks to all of you for your own personal in sight and your opinions.
We went to the Emigrate show in Harrogate today and picked up a few new bits of info, so i think that we may go the D.I.Y. route and just take our time and triple check everything and not rush anything.

One very interesting fact that a lady from the High Commission in London said during her presentation was that they have not received a single application back from Sydney N.S. since June 26th this year and the visa office in Sydney was currently sending back 90% of applications because the were filled out wrongly or had some information missing.

Once again many thanks

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Originally Posted by shazza69
we used a consultant and gor ripped off £6000. we didnt have a clue where to start with the immigration process thats why we chose to use a consultant. Never got our money back as the company went bust but like people say you end up doing all the hard work yourself so i dont see the point of one. we did it on our own in the end. You will get alot of help on this site if you get stuck with any questions.
We used a consultant and they were fab. They completed all the paperwork for us, they completed our resumes, given us lots of useful advice. They were expensive but for us we have no regrets using them. I take my hats of to the guys on here who did it all themselves.... we were just partly lazy partly worried that we would do it wrong!!! But we got the visa!
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Default Re: D.I.Y. or Use a consultant or lawyer?

Originally Posted by ted34
Hi Everybody,

Many thanks to all of you for your own personal in sight and your opinions.
We went to the Emigrate show in Harrogate today and picked up a few new bits of info, so i think that we may go the D.I.Y. route and just take our time and triple check everything and not rush anything.

One very interesting fact that a lady from the High Commission in London said during her presentation was that they have not received a single application back from Sydney N.S. since June 26th this year and the visa office in Sydney was currently sending back 90% of applications because the were filled out wrongly or had some information missing.

Once again many thanks

Ted
Hi Ted,

We completed our own application. It was November 2009 when we started completing rough drafts.........and quite a few drafts later, we actually sent it off in Feb 2010, so for me it took a while making sure things were right!

We got through the paper sift at Nova Scotia, got our 120 day letter and sent the file off with 2 weeks to spare.

As I knew the contents of the 120 day letter before I got it, I had at least an additional 7 weeks to gather docs, (between sending off app and before our letter arrived at the end of April)

I referred to the forum for help when needed, otherwise used the official guide that they give you.

Now is the nail biting time though, as we're waiting for the file to be reviewed, not knowing which way it's going to go! There are many people in the same boat though

Good luck with whatever you decide to do and if I can be of any help, feel free to PM me.

Cheers, katie
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