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Why you need a lawyer, not a consultant

Catherine McGhie

Catherine McGhie attended law school at the University of British Columbia and graduated with an LL.B. in 2002. She completed her articles at a national law firm in Vancouver and was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2004. After a move to Ottawa, she was called to the bar of Ontario in 2005 and practised in the area of Wills and Estates law. She joined Stevenson, Luchies & Legh in 2019 and practises primarily in the area of immigration law at the Victoria office. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association. Whilst taking a sabbatical from the practice of law to concentrate on raising her children, Catherine volunteered with many children’s societies, including the locally run Story Studio Writing Society which engages children in creative writing. She also spent 6 months in France with her family where she immersed herself in the culture and language of France. She continued her studies on her return to Canada and received her diploma in French from the University of Victoria in April 2019. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys hiking, swimming and skiing, and is an avid spectator of her daughter’s dance shows and her sons’ baseball games. Just don’t ask her to explain the infield fly rule. Learn More

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Is Your Application Correct?

Sponsoring a family member for immigration to Canada.

If you are a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen, you may be eligible to sponsor the immigration to Canada of your spouse, child, parent or grandparent. The sponsorship process can be complicated and can be harsh to those who make a mistake omit something from their application.

The consequence of a mistake in the application process may be that your family member is denied permanent resident status in Canada. Make sure that you get things right the first time by hiring one of our experienced immigration lawyers.

Factors affecting the immigrating family member’s eligibility.

Your sponsorship of a family member for immigration may be denied if you fail to provide the Canadian government with the required information and documents relating to the immigrating family member. The documents required may include:

  • An agreement between the sponsor and the Canadian government that the sponsor will be financially responsible for the immigrating family member for a specific amount of time after the family member arrives in Canada.
  • A certified background and criminal check. No family member with a criminal record will be permitted to enter the country.
  • A certified medical exam ensuring that the family member is in good health.

It is vital that the sponsorship documents are complete. Any missing information may result in lengthy and costly delays. Our experienced professionals will ensure that your sponsorship experience progresses as smoothly as possible.

Factors that might compromise a sponsor’s eligibility.

There are certain factors that may prevent a permanent resident or citizen from sponsoring any family member, including:

    • The sponsor has failed to pay child support or spousal support at some point in the past.
    • The sponsor has received social assistance (other than disability benefits).
    • The sponsor has failed to abide by the terms of a previous sponsorship agreement.
    • It has been less than five years since the sponsor became a permanent resident through sponsorship.
    • The sponsor was convicted of a sexual offence, assault against a family member or a violent crime, or certain other offences involving attempts or threats. Depending on when the offence was committed and other relevant factors, the sponsor may still be eligible to sponsor a family member for immigration to Canada.

You need an immigration lawyer, not a consultant. Here’s why.

You may have heard that an immigration consultant can help you file your application for a reduced fee. Immigration consultants often charge less for their services than experienced immigration lawyers because they have less to offer. Hiring an immigration consultant can be perilous. In Canada, immigration consultants:

      • Do not have to undergo legal training.
      • Do not necessarily understand the complexities of Canadian immigration laws.
      • May or may not be certified by the organization that governs immigration consultants in Canada.
      • Have claimed to be immigration experts even if they have no experience with more complicated immigration files or applications.
      • Have defrauded prospective immigrants by charging exorbitant fees and simply telling the clients that their applications were refused when, in fact, the applications were never even filed.

Don’t risk your immigration goals by hiring someone who may not have the knowledge and experience to get the job done. Get the peace of mind you deserve! Our immigration lawyers will help you to prepare your best possible application, maximizing your chances of success.

The importance of hiring an experienced immigration lawyer.

The cost of a qualified immigration lawyer may be high, but the potential cost of a failed sponsorship application is higher. If you make a mistake during the application process, it might take years and thousands of dollars for an experienced lawyer to correct the mistake. Some mistakes cannot be corrected and could lead to your application being denied.

Let one of our skilled professionals guide you through the sponsorship process to ensure that you get the best result possible.

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