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Can Comprehensive Immigration Assessment Help You Secure Permanent Residence?
Ready to immigrate to Canada? Are comprehensive immigration assessments critical to permanent residence applicants’ bid to gain permanent residence in Canada? Why should you be assessed at all and do immigration assessments enhance your chances or simply put you out of pocket for no tangible reason?
The Purpose of Comprehensive Immigration Assessments
The purpose and objectives of Comprehensive Immigration Assessments tend to be little understood, or, for that matter, much appreciated. In our experience, a huge majority of our client interactions seem to have a blasé attitude towards the permanent residence process or require to be convinced of the necessity of an assessment. This is because of the misconception that assessments only attract an unnecessary additional cost which can be avoided. Little to no thought is given to the outcome of potential failure in terms of the cost. We consider this a “foolhardy” approach.
In our interactions with our clients, the most common question that comes up when the word “assessment” is mentioned is this: How much will it cost me to secure permanent residence in Canada and why do I even need an assessment to be done on me?
The short answer to this question is that with an unknown client profile, six major categories and immigration programs and nearly 80 different pathways that can potentially be accessed by this individual towards the goal of securing permanent residence, it is nearly impossible to render a clear or predetermined opinion on whether such individual (who is still unknown to us at this point) is in the first instance actually eligible to apply, and neither can we determine which pathway(s) best match that individual’s profile. Remember also that in each eventuality, there will be different requirements and ultimately also different costs to be incurred.
Let’s take two practical scenarios to illustrate this point. Let’s assume that you are married with three children and in a medical profession (such as a physician/doctor or pharmacist or nurse) that requires you to obtain a practising license before you are issued with an invitation to apply under the Express Entry pathways and presently with no job offer from a Canadian employer; and someone else, say your friend, is a divorced individual with one child and only certificate level training post-secondary school but with a job offer from a Canadian employer. These two individuals are what would be proverbially termed as being as different as chalk and cheese. Their designated pathways, academic credentialing, job credentialing and proof of financial support requirements, for a start, will be very different, indeed worlds apart. For the academic credentialing processes, the two would not even use the same bodies. One will be required to demonstrate sufficient work experience in their field and to take exams (costing say as much as say USD 1200!) proving that they are capable of doing the job for which they intend to immigrate to Canada to do, while the other may not even be subject to academic credentialing as part of their submissions in their application for permanent residence and may only be subject to a comparatively lower standard in terms of work experience (volume of hours worked). Naturally, the more rigorous the requirements then the higher the cost. The one with a family of five is subject to a much higher standard of financial proof than the one with just one child. Without a clear profile of each individual, determining the pathway that best fits that profile cannot be made and may eventually lead to either unnecessary cost or wrong choice of pathway. This standard of proof (financial support) applies to families and not to individuals so that even if one spouse was going to travel first and then later on joined by their spouse and children, the standard requires that the individual applying for permanent residence can demonstrate financial support for their entire family at the time they are applying for permanent residence.
So, should you attempt to file a permanent residence application to immigrate to Canada without the benefit of a professional assessment or legal opinion? Do you have sufficient knowledge of the eligibility requirements for your specific application and do you understand the different immigration pathways and process well enough to maneuver through the application for permanent residence?
Well, if nothing else, before you make a decision on whether to go it alone or work towards the goal with the guidance of an immigration lawyer or counselor, you might want to consider the reasons why navigating the process on your own may not be your best move, and why investing in a full assessment will, if nothing else, enhance your chances of success. Ready? Here we go!
#1. Are You Eligible?
Canada’s immigration system defines several inadmissibility criteria. Applications that are made by an inadmissible individual will automatically be rejected. Without an assessment, it is impossible to predetermine what if any of these criteria an individual may hold. This implies that you must be admissible in order for you to first qualify. For potential applicants with inadmissibility concerns, there may be legal mitigations that can be taken to qualify for permanent residence. However, without foreknowledge of inadmissibility, it would be impossible to take the steps necessary to achieve admissibility or for the applicant to have any submissions considered.
The first determination that an assessment will offer, is whether a potential applicant can meet the criteria of admissibility. Without this determination and a clear profile of the applicant, a fair calculation of the success of any application cannot be made.
#2. What Are Your Chances For Success?
In order to do a thing, you must first be qualified to do it – you must meet some basic threshold of requirements. Those requirements take on a variety of forms, from your individual profile, academic background, health status and more. The predominant categories of permanent residence programs are called economic programs. These promote what is termed as “economic migration” where the recipient country is seeking to have productive, tax-paying individuals immigrate into their country for the economic benefit that can be derived. These programs have a variety of thresholds across the board set against different criteria. Some, like the Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs, are driven by points-based criteria and federal government requirements, while others are driven by community-based needs like the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) and yet others by employer-driven needs (for example the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, AIPP).
The predominant economic programs are points-driven so applicants must meet certain cumulative points thresholds against criteria such as age (closely associated with productivity), work experience, ability to communicate in English etc. Because they are geared towards increasing economic output, individuals, who for example, are married, can score higher cumulative points deriving from their social status. The more of particularly desirable criteria an applicant possesses, the higher the score one achieves. So, for example, if you have extensive work experience up to a certain threshold, then the higher your score. If you are younger or with a certain preferred age bracket, then you score higher points. The better your ability to communicate in English and/or French (Canada’s two national languages), then the higher your scores will be.
Currently, it is recommended that before you apply, you should meet a CRS score of at least 475+.
#3. Finding Your Pathway
The Canadian immigration system is a labyrinth of over 80 different categories of programs, permits and visas, each of which has its own unique set of criteria and metrics. Equally, the drivers for these different programs and permits is also different and without a clear understanding of what the goals for each of the programs are, it can be a daunting task trying to figure which ones you actually qualify for or provide a good fit with your immediate goals. The time and knowledge required for any single applicant to effectively navigate and figure out Canada’s immigration system is tedious and very engaging. Without Comprehensive Immigration Assessments, determining eligibility for any of these programs, or for that matter those that are an ideal match with your specific profile, will take a lengthy period of time. Compared to the cost of an assessment, making a mistake in terms of choosing from among these numerous programs will be inordinately costlier, not only financially, but also in terms of time.
The goal of the assessment, in this case, is to save applicants both time and money and to find the most suitable approach to permanent residence solutions for the individual applicant.
#4. Value For Money
Paid-for, Comprehensive Immigration Assessments not only help applicants determine eligibility but will also give directions for preparedness to execute the process from end to end. With a clear assessment, an applicant should also be able to make the choice to either navigate the process independently or to seek assisted legal support throughout the process. It should clearly highlight the weaknesses and strengths in the applicant’s individual profile and give them all of their immigration options whenever they choose to apply and identify those areas which the applicant can work on to bolster their application before submitting their profile.
There are also no hidden costs involved, allowing the applicant to choose the level of engagement they wish to have with the applicant which means you get exactly what you contract for. Comprehensive Immigration Assessments should be an applicant’s first step in immigrating to Canada. If any of the economic, points-driven programs are recommended as an ideal pathway to apply for permanent residence in Canada, the applicant’s assessment will not only indicate immigration programs they could potentially qualify for, but all also include the applicant’s assessed Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, the minimum recommended Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores for the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code that the applicant falls under, and the things that the applicant can do to raise an assessed low score to the minimum recommended, as well as improve their profile.
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What Comprehensive Immigration Assessments Offer
We currently do not provide any placement or immigration consulting services to individuals who choose not to be assessed because we are unable to support their aspirations beyond an initial consultation.
Beyond our comprehensive assessments, we provide end-to-end support for permanent residence applications billed only upon submission to a comprehensive assessment. The assessment will also provide a personal immigration proposal just for each assessed client.
We welcome you to work with us to make your immigration application easy.
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