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Old Jan 8th 2010, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Martin99
Good question!
Don't want to get off topic - In reply to aboye WHY? We didn't have the time, patience, or confidence, to go this alone, so we chose the support of an expert. Granted it is minimal for what you pay, but you always have someone to blame if a form is incorrect or missing!!!

My tip - Do NOT underestimate how much this will cost, financially and emotionally. Whatever you think financially - Double it.
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erm.. 15?

15. Start saving or put money into an account for the Proof of Funds you will need to have (I think its about 5,000 GBP or so right now...)
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re Why 11. Because in my personal view the cost of the lawyer as a % of the cost of moving your life to a new country is trivial. That they are worth it to ensure the forms and supporting evidence are filled correctly using the right words. That this takes a lot of stress out of things and will hopefully bear dividends in speedier processing, less delays and a more successful outcome.

Its a personal choice at the end of the day.
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If you don't already speak Canadian, try to take some lessons, or at the very least, get a phrase book and start learning - it'll pay off in the long run.
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Originally Posted by BenB2
re Why 11. Because in my personal view the cost of the lawyer as a % of the cost of moving your life to a new country is trivial. That they are worth it to ensure the forms and supporting evidence are filled correctly using the right words. That this takes a lot of stress out of things and will hopefully bear dividends in speedier processing, less delays and a more successful outcome.

Its a personal choice at the end of the day.
StopTheClocks, I apologize in advance I know this is now thread drift at its worst.

But........

Advising people to get a lawyer is not a general tip, you are advising people to spend a large amount of money on something that is not generally needed. Yes it is a personal choice, but if your PR application is straightforward and you are of normal intelligence you should be able to handle it yourselves.

I would say that the percentage of people on BE who have used a lawyer is tiny in comparison to the amount of people who have managed it themselves albeit with help from other people on the forum.

By mentioning that people should get a lawyer you are implying that it is harder and more complicated that it actually is, also you don't mention that there are strict rules about who you can use as a representative.

There are two types of representatives:
Unpaid representatives

Friends and family members who do not charge a fee for their advice and services organizations that do not charge a fee for providing immigration advice or assistance (such as a non-governmental or religious organization) consultants, lawyers and Québec notaries who do not, and will not, charge a fee to represent you.

Paid representatives

If you want us to conduct business with a representative who is, or will be charging a fee to represent you, he or she must be authorized.

Authorized representatives are:

Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC)
lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision
notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec and students-at-law under their supervision
If you appoint a paid representative who is not a member of one of these designated bodies, your application will be returned.

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Hi all.
16 is it ?
My top tip would be do a recce/scouting trip to Canada.
That was the best thing we did during the application process.
If you're intending to spend the rest of your life in Canada it makes sense to have a look at the country !
It's also a great chance to make contacts re future employment.
It worked for us
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17.
Research cost of living throughly for your target area - some things are cheaper, some things aren't - don't assume that if housing is cheaper, everything else will be

18. Don't assume places are close 'cos it looks it on a map - use a recce (see nr 16) to test distances
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Be prepared for the ups and downs along the way.....focus on the end game!
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21. Start sorting through those cupboards and drawers at home now and sell/donated what you really haven't used in 10 years. It always takes longer than you think, especially if you have children. If you end up not making it to Canada for any reason, at least your home has been cleared of some junk and you might have made some money too.
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22. Make sure you understand the legalities involving children.....step children/children from a previous relationship/non accompanying children.
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23. Use HSBC to open two bank accounts for you in Canada while still being in the UK, one in CAD$ and one in GBP£ - proves very useful for moving money between the UK and Canada in £ to avoid exchange rates, and then picking and choosing when you convert funds from £ to $ using online banking between the two HSBC accounts.
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23. Use HSBC to open two bank accounts for you in Canada while still being in the UK, one in CAD$ and one in GBP£ - proves very useful for moving money between the UK and Canada in £ to avoid exchange rates, and then picking and choosing when you convert funds from £ to $ using online banking between the two HSBC accounts.
great tip!!

this is going great guys.. thanks for the tips!!
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...Another tip for when you arrive in Canada, is to make it clear to the locals how grateful you are to be living so near to the U.S. with all it's great TV, cheap shopping and world class sports.
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...Another tip for when you arrive in Canada, is to make it clear to the locals how grateful you are to be living so near to the U.S. with all it's great TV, cheap shopping and world class sports.
hahahaha

i love the fact seattle is (technically) a 2 hour ride away... being of non Us or Canadian origin the british passport will make u wait another hour or so at the border...

25. Check out the Outlet Mall on the way to Seattle if you do a recce trip
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