The New Canada Immigration Wizard

2011-08-09

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has released a new tool for potential immigrants called the “Wizard”.  It is intended to assist individuals to identify the right program to enter Canada.

CIC states that the Wizard will be a great benefit to potential immigrants and lessen their reliance on immigration consultants and lawyers.

I have evaluated the Wizard and here are my thoughts regarding its usefulness:

  • Yes, it will identify a correct program for a potential applicant, but only IF the applicant answers the questions correctly and IF the questions in the Wizard are applicable for the applicant.
  • It does NOT help any applicant understand the rules and policies on which a decision will be made.
  • It does NOT help any applicant provide the proper evidence to support an application.
  • It does NOT help any applicant determined the appropriate STRATEGY for entering Canada (example: should we get married in Canada or out of Canada? What are the pros and cons of each choice? Should I work in Canada or apply directly for PR or both? And so on.)
  • It does NOT help any applicant understand how to properly complete forms, write a cover letter, provide affidavits, or anything that could mean the difference between an accepted and rejected application.
  • Most importantly, it does NOT help potential applicants avoid a misrepresentation (even an innocent one) that is a very serious offense in the immigration process.

I think it is interesting how CIC has worded the disclaimer for the Wizard:

“This information is intended for general guidance and reference only.  Your application will be considered by an immigration officer in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, without regard to any outcome you attain through this questionnaire.”

In other words, your application will be evaluated according to the legislation, regulations and policy that determine whether you will be successful or not – the exact rules that an immigration lawyer works with every day.

Click here to see the Wizard and let me know what you think about it.

About the author

Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

Write a comment:

Your email address will not be published.