Visas Canada - Federal Skilled Worker
Marc Laforce, Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant
The most popular of Canadian visas is the Federal Skilled Worker program. The Federal Skilled Worker program has three basic requirements: 1) You must have at least one year of experience in an "eligible occupation", 2) You must meet the "settlement funds" requirement at the time of application, and 3) You must pass a federal point system assessment.
Other factors may negatively impact a Federal Skilled Worker application, or any Canadian visa, for that matter. These factors may include criminality issues, such as a DUI record (including that of a family member), health, immigration status (if not a national of the country where you live), and most importantly, the quality of your Federal Skilled Worker application.
Indeed, while you may consider yourself to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker program, the credibility of your supporting documentation may be lacking. The information on the government forms may be incomplete, wrong or otherwise sloppy. Any of these factors may, at best, delay the processing of Canadian visas or, at worst, lead to a denial.
Checking whether you meet the "67 points" via the use of a "free" online "visas Canada" tool is a good way to begin the process of assessment, but it is not, by far, a surefire method when it comes to actually securing your visa to Canada.
A free "visas Canada" assessment cannot critique your overall Federal Skilled Worker application. It cannot judge the quality of an employer verification letter, match-up your duties to the corresponding eligible profession, prepare a statutory declaration, or rate a given answer to a specific question on a form. Moreover, a free assessment cannot help you prepare for an interview, consider filing strategy, determine the impact of immigration status on your application, or assess criminal and medical admissibility. The preparation of Canadian visas involves a lot more than points.
A number of Canadian immigration lawyers will say very little about your eligibility to apply for a Federal Skilled Worker program until you have signed a retainer agreement or have deposited a large monetary installment. Even worse, some Canadian immigration attorneys knowingly take a case when the probability of success is low.
To truly assess whether you are eligible AND likely to receive a Federal Skilled Worker visa, or any Canadian visa, we urge you to set up a comprehensive and complete one-on-one consultation with a licensed practitioner to review all the relevant factors that impact your plans to settle in Canada, as well as to assess the probability of you actually receiving a visa.Marc Laforce, CCIC - your advisor and practitioner for Canadian visas.
Canadian Visas: Federal Skilled Worker - 3 Packages
We offer three Federal Skilled Worker packages; catered to address your budget, knowledge of the process and, most importantly, your availability to prepare a formal permanent resident application to Canada.
A summary of our deliverables for each service tier is listed in the table below.
A detailed discussion of each package is found following the table below.
For A La Carte items on all Canadian visas not included in the packages below, click here.
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*Legal fees on all Canadian visas are subject to revision for issues regarding immigration status, admissibility (criminal, medical and/or denial in a previous visa application) or relationship issues.
Visas Canada - Federal Skilled Worker : BRONZE LEVEL
Have our firm act as the Canadian immigration officer to highlight the errors or omissions in your government forms, advise any weaknesses on your Federal Skilled Worker application and provide specific suggestions to make the application better.
If you have the time and patience to prepare your own Federal Skilled Worker application and you have invested the time to learn about the Federal Skilled Worker process (including the government forms and required documents needed to support your application) there is certainly no reason why you shouldn't be able to obtain limited legal advice to cover the "tough parts" of the application - for your peace-of-mind.
Our BRONZE service takes the place of an initial consultation and assumes that you are ready to file. It includes review of all your forms and supporting documentation (noting all errors/omissions on each government form), an assessment and calculation of your points, a determination of specific documents that need to be added or removed and an honest statement on the weaknesses of your Federal Skilled Worker application, along with suggestions for improvement.
The BRONZE service does not include form write-up, interview preparation or government representation. With the exception of the Quebec Skilled Worker stream, this service is not available for other Canadian visas. Also, we do not include a cover letter outlining possible issues to Citizenship Immigration Canada, access to the licensed practitioner is limited and we will not submit the application to the appropriate CIC office for you unless requested. A credit of $50 will be given towards your legal fee should an initial consultation be held prior to choosing this level.Marc Laforce, CCIC - your advisor and practitioner for Canadian visas.
Visas Canada - Federal Skilled Worker : SILVER LEVEL
The SILVER product is essentially for clients who want the benefit of a full assessment (similar to the BRONZE offering) and representation before Citizenship Immigration Canada (CIC). The client will prepare his/her forms while the licensed practitioner and his team will provide expert advice on how to improve them.
Similar to the BRONZE tier, responsibility for completing the government forms and assembling all the supporting documents required for the Federal Skilled Worker will belong to the Client. Our firm will highlight the errors/ omissions in your government forms and advise on the weaknesses of your Federal Skilled Worker application, as well as provide specific suggestions on how to make it better. Not available in the BRONZE packet, the SILVER service includes a cover letter from the practitioner and a Federal point assessment of your Federal Skilled Worker application - just like our GOLD service.
The SILVER product is arguably the best value because you enjoy the same professional representation before all government agencies as our GOLD offering while receiving the benefit of a reduced price due to the completion of the Federal Skilled Worker forms and assembling of all your supporting documentation on your own. At the same time, our firm will intervene on your behalf in the event of an issue or important milestone at any time during the filing process up until a decision.
The SILVER service does not include form write-up, resume/CV editorial or interview preparation. With the exception of the Quebec Skilled Worker stream, this service is not available for other Canadian visas. If an interview is required in the process, an interview preparation session may be requested over the phone or at our office (subject to availability) at additional cost. Access to the licensed practitioner is also limited under the SILVER package to two one-hour private sessions plus E-mail Q&A support until a CIC decision. A full payment credit will be given towards your legal fee should an initial consultation be held prior to choosing this level.Marc Laforce, CCIC - your advisor and practitioner for Canadian visas.
Visas Canada - Federal Skilled Worker : GOLD LEVEL
The GOLD product is our complete full service product for clients who will stop at nothing for quality and peace-of-mind.
All government forms are prepared by the firm using a detailed questionnaire. A detailed checklist with gathering instructions will be provided to you so that supporting documents can be gathered by yourself and then assembled by the firm. We will provide specific suggestions to add/improve a given document in order to strengthen the application. The GOLD level provides assistance with the drafting/editing of employer verification letters, including the provision of sample letters tailored to your case. We assist with the preparation of all statutory declarations and affidavits that may be required to solidify your Federal Skilled Worker application. With the exception of the Quebec Skilled Worker stream, the GOLD service is not available for other Canadian visas.
Similar to the SILVER package, the firm will prepare a cover letter and Federal point assessment at the submission of your packet. A full payment credit will be given towards your legal fee should an initial consultation be held prior to choosing this level.
Unlike the SILVER package, however, the GOLD offering includes resume/CV editorial, interview preparation, and access (E-mail or phone) to your licensed practitioner, as well as any member of his staff, during business hours. A scheduled meeting in person or by phone may be held at any available time to discuss issues and concerns regarding your filing.Marc Laforce, CCIC - your advisor and practitioner for Canadian visas.
Visas Canada - Federal Skilled Worker : PLATINUM PLUS - contact a representative for a quote!
Subject to availability, the PLATINUM PLUS package provides the same level of service as the GOLD with three important additions: (1) Unlimited access to your practitioner, including his mobile number, (2) priority access with the firm using all available resources and (3) any supplemental filing after submission as a result of a material life change which may adversely impact visa approval, such as an additional spouse, child, divorce or criminal report.
If we agree that your Federal Skilled Worker case merits a PLATINUM PLUS application and is necessary your application will go "on top of the pile" of our queuing order.
This program is not recommended for everybody and particularly not for straight-forward cases. PLATINUM PLUS is for clients who are truly in a hurry to submit an application to Canada as all available firm resources are used on a priority basis until the application is ready for submission. A full payment credit will be given towards your legal fee should an initial consultation be held prior to choosing this level.Marc Laforce, CCIC - your advisor and practitioner for Canadian visas.
A full summary of our Federal Skilled package is listed in the table above or by clicking here.
For a list of our A La Carte services for all our Canadian visas such as interview preparation, resume and/or employer verification letter write-ups, or additional filings because of marriage/divorce, additional children or other material life changing situations click here.
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