Is It Necessary for a Consultancy to Have an Office in the Same Country as Yours?
Your Immigration Consultant can be anywhere in the world and help you with the immigration process because the procedures are followed as per the Canadian Immigration laws. Now, only someone who is authorized to do so can represent your case. An ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) and RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) is granted by the Canadian Government which enables consultants to help people regarding their Immigration process.
One who is registered and has the license will anyhow be in Canada, which does not mean they cannot take your case and help you out with it.
For example, we can say that there is a Consultancy in India and their ICCRC/RCIC lawyer/head office is in Canada and the applicant is from Dubai, is it possible to take his case? Yes, and thanks to technology for that because now everything can be googled.
People who really want to visit the consultancy can again take help of the technology and make a video call, every other update can be shared via mail or text. If they wish they can also take a flight to meet them, because an ICCRC registered lawyer will anyhow be in Canada.
So now we can say that distance really doesn’t matter!
The procedures followed are more of an online process, which can be done from anywhere in the world. The consultancy you are taking help from should be reliable enough to make to believe that they are not a fraud company and you will not be fooled. The location of the consultancy will only matter to you when you literally want to go visit them in person, otherwise it is not required.
You can forward your details and documents to the consultancy and they can start off with the process, even the payments can be made online with the help of several digital payment platforms. The most important factor here is trust, if you are convinced and if the agency has successfully cleared all your doubts with respect to online procedures you can sign up with them.
Verifying without visiting
Now this is where people come up with all the what ifs and buts, for which they can-
- Cross check the RCIC registration number of the lawyer on the Federal website.
- Go through the consultancy’s website and testimonials given by people.
- Check their google review, lowest and highest ratings as google reviews are reliable feedback given by general people.
- Check their location on google map.
- If you have any friend or family in the same city you can also ask them to visit and check.
- Check the legality of their work, whether they sign any Retainer Agreement or not.
- Whether the Representative is the ICCRC & RCIC registered or not.
If the consultancy fails to convince you that they are the one, don’t go for it, the location here hardly matters. To be on a safer side have a checklist to protect yourself from such frauds, use the checklist as a shield. Do not get fooled, be smart and do your homework before you pay.