Experience with David Cohen

Old Jul 22nd 2019, 3:47 pm
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I wanted to see if there were any members here that have been through Attorney David Cohen and his Canadian immigration law firm and how your overall experience was. I am taking another look at the service it's success rate and don't want to commit until I have done more homework.

I work as an IT Professional and seems to be some pathway to Canada in that area of profession. His law firm the service will last 1 year from whenever you engage with them.
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Old Jul 22nd 2019, 5:04 pm
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In general, the advice on here is that you do not need the help of any immigration consultant, unless you have some very complicated events in your life, such as multiple marriages, multiple divorces, and multiple children. Most people have done it all themselves, and there are people on here who can advise you if you have a problem understanding exactly what is asked.

I have no idea about David Cohen and his immigrant law firm, but in general immigration consultant firms will ask you to pay many thousands of pounds, while at the same time you have to collect all the information yourself, pay all those fees, and then pass it on to the company ........... in other words, you are paying to do the work yourself.

No consultant can get you entry into Canada if you do not fulfill all the criteria required .......... they do not have an easier way into the country.

In fact, it may take longer than if you do it yourself because you submit your documentation that you have collected and paid for to them, then have to wait for them to get to your case, assess it and submit the documentation to Canada.

Also, in general, it is extremely difficult to get work from outside Canada, unless you are in a very specialised occupation or niche.

Why should a company hire someone from outside when to do so, they have to prove that there is no suitable Canadian available? That means they have to advertise across the country for 6 months, pay $1000 to the government to get the visa for you, and then wait for you to arrive.
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Why should a company hire someone from outside when to do so, they have to prove that there is no suitable Canadian available? That means they have to advertise across the country for 6 months, pay $1000 to the government to get the visa for you, and then wait for you to arrive.
I agree with everything else, but just had to clarify - the advertising requirement is only for 4 weeks, not 6 months, and they don't pay $1000 for the visa, the visa is a separate app once the LMIA is obtained (that's the bit that costs the employer $1000).

But OP, Scilly is absolutely right that unless you have complicated circumstances (criminal record, medical issues etc), then there is no need to hire a consultant. Moving abroad costs enough anyway, I don't see why anybody with a straightforward application would need to spend another $5k or hiring somebody else to just submit some forms!
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I wanted to see if there were any members here that have been through Attorney David Cohen and his Canadian immigration law firm and how your overall experience was. I am taking another look at the service it's success rate and don't want to commit until I have done more homework.

I work as an IT Professional and seems to be some pathway to Canada in that area of profession. His law firm the service will last 1 year from whenever you engage with them.
As everyone else has said.. no need to use an expensive Immigration consultant...success rate means nothing - either the applicant for PR qualifies or they don't and no amount of shenanigans by an Immigration consultant can magic up points or work experience or anything else to increase your chances!

There isn't a list of occupations for Canada - you can be a skilled worker in just about any trade or profession, although there are some Provinces who have specific Pilot Projects for speeding up applications for Provincial Nominees - such as the British Colombia IT / Tech Pilot Project; The Atlantic Provinces Pilot Project (which includes IT / Tech).

The best thing I can suggest is that you a) set out here your age (under 30/40/50); qualifications; profession and job title (NOC code).. so that we can suggest some routes (there are a lot of different ways possible if you qualify).. additionally, read through our great Wiki on immigration routes.. and also go to the official Canadian Immigration website and use the tools there. Firstly, the "come to Canada" wizard which will tell you what routes may be open to you... and then the CRS calculator to ascertain your Express Entry points.. to see if you are likely to receive an invitation quickly or if you might need to seek other routes or ways to increase your points. (For CRS points, 'assume' you have taken your IELTS and have top marks... and that you have had your ECA done.. and that you have the minimum funds required)



All this and more - for free! We have many experienced members (both laymen and professionals) who will offer advice for free.... save your hard earned money for the costs involved with immgrating, rather than lining someones pocket unnecessarily. You will have to get your qualifications assessed, get police certificates, take an English test, supply all the information and are legally responsible for any information you give.... so rather than let someone else fill out the forms for you (at great expense) get stuck in and do it yourself - it's all online, easy to do!

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Quick...an_Immigration

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...ess-entry.html

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool: skilled immigrants (Express Entry)



https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...immigrate.html
https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-t...PNP-Tech-Pilot

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christmas ............. thank you for that correction. I will get it set in my memory for future use
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Firstly, thank you all for your helpful and insightful responses and words of advice.

Originally Posted by Siouxie
The best thing I can suggest is that you a) set out here your age (under 30/40/50); qualifications; profession and job title (NOC code).. so that we can suggest some routes (there are a lot of different ways possible if you qualify).. additionally, read through our great Wiki on immigration routes.. and also go to the official Canadian Immigration website and use the tools there. Firstly, the "come to Canada" wizard which will tell you what routes may be open to you... and then the CRS calculator to ascertain your Express Entry points.. to see if you are likely to receive an invitation quickly or if you might need to seek other routes or ways to increase your points. (For CRS points, 'assume' you have taken your IELTS and have top marks... and that you have had your ECA done.. and that you have the minimum funds required)
I didn't expect such a response and willingness to help.I will just bullet point these
  • I'll begin by stating my age is 42,
  • Graduated with a BA Degree in Electronic Media.
  • Have over 15 years of experience in IT with current certificates with AWS.
  • I am currently an IT Cloud/Virtual System Engineer.
  • I haven't taken an IELTS since being a native English speaker it seemed silly.
  • I haven't yet had an ECA done.

It seems there are a few necessary steps but I'll take a look at the article you mentioned now, thank you so much.
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Originally Posted by Sooyp
Firstly, thank you all for your helpful and insightful responses and words of advice.



I didn't expect such a response and willingness to help.I will just bullet point these
  • I'll begin by stating my age is 42,
  • Graduated with a BA Degree in Electronic Media.
  • Have over 15 years of experience in IT with current certificates with AWS.
  • I am currently an IT Cloud/Virtual System Engineer.
  • I haven't taken an IELTS since being a native English speaker it seemed silly.
  • I haven't yet had an ECA done.

It seems there are a few necessary steps but I'll take a look at the article you mentioned now, thank you so much.

It may seem silly to you, but it is a requirement for application to determine your Express Entry points. It currently seems that 450 is the lowest score at which invitations to apply are being issued.

You may think you speak and write perfect English, but many people fail to get perfect or even high marks on at least 1 part of the IELTS because they cannot speak or write, or parse, English to the standard required.

You can assume for now that you will get full marks, just as you can assume that you have had an ECA done and that your BA degree is acceptable ........... bearing in mind that degrees are compared to a Canadian equivalent, and Canadian BA/BSc etc generally are 4 year courses not 3 as in the UK.

But you must get them done before you apply, or let the people on here help you to determine whether there is another way.

Your age is beginning to be against you, and you lose points at every birthday.

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Originally Posted by Sooyp
  • I haven't taken an IELTS since being a native English speaker it seemed silly.
  • I haven't yet had an ECA done.
Both mandatory for EE apps though, you can't apply without them. My concern would be that you're not scoring enough, just due to your age. But you can easily check that yourself using the official calculator, no need to use a consultant - Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool: skilled immigrants (Express Entry). Just assume max points for English for now as a native speaker, it's only to give you a rough point score.

As said above, minimum is 450 as a rough guide.
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa
As said above, minimum is 450 as a rough guide.
I score just shy of 400, so I can assume there is little point going ahead and making an application?
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I score just shy of 400, so I can assume there is little point going ahead and making an application?
Unfortunately, yes. It’s never gone that low since the program started in 2015. It concerns me that your potential agency hasn’t told you this tbh.

You can see all the previous draws here - https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...-previous.html

You’ll need to look at ways of getting your points up, with a job offer, or PNP nomination etc. Unless you have a spouse that scores more?

Any particular province you want to move to?
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa
Any particular province you want to move to?
We wanted British Columbia if not then Ontario. We have a 3-year-old boy who was born in the USA. The wife wants to be nearer him should he decide he wants to live in the US when independent enough to exercise his citizenship.

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You’ll need to look at ways of getting your points up, with a job offer, or PNP nomination, etc. Unless you have a spouse that scores more?
When I did the evaluation, it prompted for my spouse's age, education, etc. which I completed. She is younger, 37, but not as much work history. Maybe you are indicating she as the primary applicant and myself secondary? I've done the job application route. There is a heap of job adverts out there via LinkedIn. Doesn't matter how many applications I make for positions that suit my skillset I don't get a sniff back so I have stopped doing that. This is the main factor I have down this route by going to an immigration lawyer.
I did do a bit of reading for the PNP nomination but I got a little lost in the detail.
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We wanted British Columbia if not then Ontario. We have a 3-year-old boy who was born in the USA. The wife wants to be nearer him should he decide he wants to live in the US when independent enough to exercise his citizenship.


When I did the evaluation, it prompted for my spouse's age, education, etc. which I completed. She is younger, 37, but not as much work history. Maybe you are indicating she as the primary applicant and myself secondary? I've done the job application route. There is a heap of job adverts out there via LinkedIn. Doesn't matter how many applications I make for positions that suit my skillset I don't get a sniff back so I have stopped doing that. This is the main factor I have down this route by going to an immigration lawyer.
I did do a bit of reading for the PNP nomination but I got a little lost in the detail.
Ugh, my long response got lost in cyberspace! I'll try again..

Never say never... there are many routes and we can look at them all with you... for free


Regarding finding a job - you won't be successful if you are applying willy nilly unless you have sought after experience or qualifications - however, do have a really good read of our job hunting articles in the wiki - and make connections with whoever you can in the industry, it's all about who you know, not necessarily what you know! https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Categ...Hunting-Canada


Please don't go with an Immigration consultant / lawyer - particularly if you don't have the points at present to get an invitation.. they can't magic up points you don't have.

Yes, try using the CRS calculator with your wife as principal applicant - her age is in her favour. What is it she does and what level of education does she have?

BC PNP has the tech pilot - the FAQ pdf is probably easier to get your head around initially.. (it opens in a tab, not a download).. https://www.welcomebc.ca/getmedia/31...-2018.pdf.aspx they also have an entreprenuer stream - https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-t...ur-Immigration

Atlantic Provinces pilot (including tech), basically you approach one (or some) of the designated approved employers and if successful you are nominated by the Province for PR.. and can get a temporary work permit to tide you over whilst your application is being processed.https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...plication.html

Ontario has a tech pilot !! https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-tech-draws. - see if your NOC is one that they are looking for. Ontario look for applicants in the EE pool with 400 or more points that either put down that they want to live in Ontario OR "anywhere" in Canada.. you can't put down BC or other Provinces as well if you want to get chosen. They also have an Entrepreneur stream.. https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-entrepreneur-stream

There is also a 'Northern Communities' Pilot project if that might be something you would be interested in..
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...ion-pilot.html which includes Ontario and BC..

Then there is a start up route.. if you have a thought of starting your own business.. you just have to convince a backer.. more info here https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...igibility.html

Then there's the potential for studying in Canada.. the spouse would get an open work permit and studying / working in Canada would give you extra points..

I'll keep throwing ideas at you, you shout if you see something that might work for you!


Edited to add - CGI are conversant with placing overseas applicants (they are one of the global talent stream approved employers) https://www.cgi.com/en/careers

NOC identifier: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...tion-code.html

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