Finding a good immigration advisor is one of the most important things you can do for yourself if you're looking for help with immigration issues. As in any other field of law, a good Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant (CCIC) knows the ropes and understands every aspect of immigration law is imperative to winning your case, filing your papers, or any other action you pursue.
However, immigration professionals are not created equal. There are some who excel and others who are terrible and everything in between. The most important thing to think about before you begin your research is whether or not they specialize in your needs.
They should have direct experience in your sector of immigration law. Of course, many immigration professionals have several specialties, so just make sure that, above all, they have experience with cases similar to yours (as well as decent results).
Another thing to check for is background. Make sure that the CCIC you are hiring is a member in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC).
This is especially important in knowing who is a professional with the license to help you and who just wants your money. This weeds out the real fakes and allows you to narrow down your list and focus on reputations.
Reputations, reputations, reputations. This can't be stressed enough. If an immigration professional has been in the news a lot for positive cases, serves as a source for newspapers or anything similar, you can bet they're pretty good at what they do. I for example give a lot of radio and newspaper interviews regarding immigration matters in the Province of New Brunswick.
Remember: knowledge is power. Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to grill your potential Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant. You're the client, and have every right to know if your immigration professional knows their stuff.
Annette Landman is a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant at Eastern Canada Immigration & Job Consultants. We work Canada wide and world wide and are available to assist you in all your needs.