Role and Duties of an Immigration Consultant


Persons who are relocating internationally have a whole lot of issues to contend with. The major part of it is invariably related to knowing about the laws and regulations governing immigration to the country of choice. Most often than not, it is highly complicated in nature, much beyond the comprehension of the common man. And this is where an immigration consultant can help by untying the knots in the process. Visa and Immigration Consultants provide their clients with all information necessary to smoothen out the process as well as helping out in documentation and other related activities. They also closely liaise between the authorities and clients and maintain strict time schedules, keeping in touch with both through email and telephone.

What then are the roles and responsibilities of an Immigration Consultant?

  • The first and probably the most important role of a consultant is to keep abreast of the latest rules and regulations that govern immigration laws of a country. Policies keep changing periodically and a consultant should be able to advice clients correctly as the slightest slip might result in rejection of the application. This is why most consultants have researchers and helpers working with them who too keep a tab on the latest immigration laws of the country.
  • A consultant should interview a client thoroughly to evaluate whether he/she is eligible for immigration and fulfils all required criterion for relocation. Applications are often rejected on technicalities and this reflects badly on the capabilities of a consultant. Take the case of one who wants to apply for permanent residence in Canada. It is a prolonged procedure that can in many instances be spread over many years. At the start only, a consultant should go through all the documents, work experience and qualifications of the applicant and advise him if permanent residence is really possible in the long run.
  • A very important part of a consultant’s duties is to ensure that all the documents and information submitted by an applicant is correct and accurate in all respects. Further, the papers must be received by the time frames set by the government for different stages of the process. This again is the responsibility of the consultants to inform the applicant in advance so that the documents can be procured and presented to the authorities within fixed due dates.
  • A good consultant will also have quick access to a bank of translators. This is because the documents received will generally be in the main language of the applicant’s country ant translating them into English or the language of the relocating country is crucial for verifying their authenticity and genuineness.
  • Usually, fees required for immigration is a complex issue. There are fixed charges laid down by the authorities and then there are expenses for preparing the documents and going through the process. Finally, there are fees for the consultants. It is necessary that consultants be very clear and transparent on this issue and inform their clients well in advance to avoid any complications while the process is on.

In conclusion it has to be said that the reputation of immigration consultants matter a lot as applications rely on them fully to get them into a totally foreign and alien land