1. Why should I hire a lawyer?

Just as you go to a doctor if you are ill, or to a mechanic for a car issue, when you need expert help in immigration law, seeing a professional lawyer is your best first step in getting the proper help you require with an immigration application.

Lawyers understand the intricacies of current laws, keep up to date on Canada’s ever-changing immigration legalities and provide subject expertise.

During an initial consultation, a good lawyer will discuss your hopes for the future and ensure that planning starts long before the application is prepared. Since no two cases are exactly alike, part of that first discussion will take into account whether you are indeed making the right application to suit your needs.

Knowledgeable lawyers also ensure that your application and any accompanying information is complete and in good order, so as to have the best chance of being accepted.

2. What is the difference between an immigration lawyer and an immigration consultant?

Immigration is a very complex field of law where changes can happen overnight, and decisions can be life-changing. Because of this, it is crucial for the person representing the applicant to have a solid knowledge of legal issues. Lawyers have gone through many years of law school and are qualified to find the best solution to suit your needs, while consultants do not have the same level of legal training. Immigration lawyers are experts in this field of law and firms like Long Mangalji LLP practice only immigration law.

3. Will hiring you make my application move through the system faster?

We are here to help you address a list of issues that could crop up before you submit your application. Our number one priority is to make sure that you assemble a complete package of information for immigration officials so that your application has the best chance of being accepted quickly. Once delivered to the proper office, all applications are placed in a queue. There are a number of aspects that take over after that, such as whether an interview is required and whether officials ask for further documentation such as timely medical exams and police certificates.

At times, there are other issues that can arise with a file. We are here to help take care of these.

4. Do you guarantee approval of my application?

Anyone who provides a guarantee of approval ahead of time is misrepresenting themselves. As knowledgeable lawyers, we provide solutions to clients that have the best chance of success – we will even let you know before you begin the process whether your application has a good chance of being accepted or not. 

5. My current lawyer hasn’t done a good job for me – can you do better?

You are entitled to hire whoever you want to represent you. We can take a second look at your case and give you a second opinion.

6. How much do you charge?

This is an often-asked question and the answer depends on the circumstances. That is why we recommend that you receive a formal consultation with one of our lawyers at the very beginning. This way, we can discuss all of your issues and concerns ahead of time, put together a plan of action, and determine which applications are best suited to your situation. Depending on which immigration strategy you choose, we will provide you with a quote and explain all of the fees.

7. How long will my immigration application take?

Since every application is centred on individual needs, the length of time will depend on your individual circumstances. Where you submit your application, whether your application is full and complete, and whether or not you require an interview, are some of the factors taken into consideration, to determine how long it will take to be processed within the immigration system.

8. What are the implications of having an application returned?

We pride ourselves in making sure that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed before submitting an application. We realize that if it’s not perfect, the application will be returned.

Having an application returned could have serious consequences for the applicant, especially if there are annual quotas to your immigration category. If the timing is missed, you could be out of luck at least for the current year. As well, temporary status could lapse during that time and potentially affect your ability to continue working in this country.

If you have not received adequate legal counsel ahead of time, an application with inaccurate information might result in a charge of misrepresentation, and have long-lasting effects on your ability to stay in or enter Canada.

Our firm has experience in dealing with these issues and we would be more than happy to talk to you about your personal situation.

9. My application has been refused. What do I do now?

If your application has been refused, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer immediately. There are critical time limits to file an appeal or review, and waiting until after that period to seek legal advice will severely compromise your case. We will tell you honestly whether an appeal has a reasonable chance of success – or if there is a different application route you should consider.

You should know that once a case is refused it can be placed on your record. That can affect any future application you submit.

Our firm has experience in dealing with these issues and we would be more than happy to talk to you about your personal situation.

10. What is involved in an interview?

Our goal is to avoid interviews by submitting complete documentation so that there are no issues involved with your application.  However, sometimes, an immigration officer may have specific questions about an application and will send you a letter requesting an interview. If that happens, you need to be prepared for what kinds of questions you might be asked. We can prepare you before the interview and, if you wish, arrange to have a lawyer accompany you.

11. I have received a removal order. Can you help?

Removals can be very stressful and traumatic, and are also some of the most difficult cases to deal with. However, we have a great deal of experience dealing with these kinds of matters, and would be happy to talk to you and provide suggestions.  

12. I missed the expiry date of my study/work permit visa, what can I do?

We suggest you immediately make an appointment with us if you have missed the expiry date on your visa. The main issue here is the length of time you have waited since the expiry date. Chances of success to renew your status depends heavily on how long ago this was.

Our firm is proficient in these issues and we would be more than happy to discuss your personal situation with you.

13. Do you provide interpreters?

Our legal staff speak a number of languages, and we service clients from around the world. If English is not your first language we can provide an interpreter.

14.  Do you accept clients on Legal Aid?

Yes, we do, on a case-by-case basis.