I often hear potential clients ask why they should use a lawyer to help with their application for immigration. So, here are my top 5 reasons to outline why I recommend retaining a lawyer:
1. A lawyer knows the law and keeps up to date with policy and Ministerial Instructions
The law, especially immigration law, changes daily! If you do not practice in the field, then it is difficult to keep up with the changes.
If you are affected by the recent executive orders in the United States, and are not able to enter the United States as a result, you may be eligible to enter Canada temporarily. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration recently published Ministerial Instructions on this subject matter. Speak with a lawyer to seek advice on your particular case.
2. A lawyer can spot and deal with complexities
There are often many issues that non-lawyers are not able to identify. For instance, when you apply to enter Canada, you can be found inadmissible for various reasons, including “criminality”. Offences that are classified as ‘criminal’ in Canada may be municipal offences in other countries, but it is unlikely that a non-lawyer would know that. For instance, in some countries drinking and driving is a municipal offence, but in Canada, it is a criminal offense that can lead to findings of inadmissibility. If you have such a conviction or have had a run in with the law, speak to a lawyer to evaluate your options.
3. Lawyers are trained to write submissions
Submissions summarize the case concisely so that the officer reviewing the file knows what’s to come.
If I had to pick one thing that law school taught me, it would be how to read and write. We know how interpret legislation, research precedents that support your case, apply the law to facts to give you advise and write a convincing argument. A lawyer writes succinct and well researched submissions to tie your case together.
4. Lawyers can go to court
One always hopes that the application will be a success, but if the result is not favourable, a lawyer can appeal the matter and take it to the Federal Court (if needed). Retaining a lawyer initially may help you avoid court at later stages.
5. It may not be as expensive as you think
Consult a lawyer for an initial opinion if you do not want to retain one to complete your entire application. A lawyer will be able to tell you if you have missed any important issues and guide you down the right path.
Get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and comments. I will be happy to assist you with your application.
Associate Lawyer, Lewis Agrawal Family & Immigration Law Group