There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to immigration matters. Here we try to dispel some of the common beliefs that people often have.
If I have a lawyer, I don’t have to wait very long.
If the lawyer presents your case properly, it will go faster. Most time delays are caused when individuals or inexperienced immigration lawyers fail to provide the information needed by Immigration Canada officials. Nevertheless, the process can take up to two years even when all documentation is in order.
If I am in the country illegally, an immigration lawyer can fix my status.
This issue really depends upon how this person became illegal and how long this person has been illegal in the country. In most cases my recommendation is for the person to voluntarily depart from Canada and properly re-enter, if possible. Status can be changed but there are few available methods of doing so and there can be disadvantages to taking this route rather than beginning with a clean slate from their home country.
Lawyers are expensive.
My question is: how much is your case worth to you? Immigration applications are not forms that can be filled out and submitted over and over until you get it right. Errors can result in your failure to gain residency to Canada or they may result in years of delays. You have to think of the stresses of being apart from your family, the value of having your partner here and able to work or go to school, or being able to access medical services. The choice to hire a lawyer is a personal thing at the end of the day. But, it's important to investigate your options to see if it is right for you and if you feel that the fees paid will be repaid in increased time with your family and the ability to move on in your life.