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Finding-Selecting-Choosing a Canada Immigration Lawyer for your needs
How do you find and choose a Canada immigration lawyer? How do you decide which one to use? How does the Canadian Government regulate who can call themselves a immigration consultant or Why Hire A Immigration Lawyer or Consultant vs Do-It-Yourself? Who can charge to represent your application?
Many people ask friends "Who did you use?" or "Do you know someone who can help me or my business about Canada immigration?" Many people do research with their favorite Search Engine.
On the web, after qualifying your search terms to include such things as: languages spoken by the lawyer, city, or immigration category -- you may want to look for a Client testimonials section on a lawyer's web-site see example below.
You should also look for a information about specific experience and qualifications of the lawyer you wish to consider, e.g. in BC, have they made a point of saying to the Law Society that they have a Preferred Area of Practice in Canada Immigration Law? or in Ontario, has the lawyer become formally Certified as a Canada Immigration Law Specialist?
Choosing between a number of specialists, consider -- if a lawyer has taught Canada immigration courses-workshops to other lawyers/government-officials/public-groups (e.g. through the local Lawyers' Continuing Legal Education Society, professional development program) you may assume they are experienced in this area of law, and worth contacting for an interview, or sending a email to e.g. .
Other Things To Look For In Selecting a Lawyer
The relevance of a web site according to search engine queries is a topic of much discussion, you will get different results using the same search term e.g. "Canada Immigration Appeals Lawyer" on ... Google.com from Yahoo.com from MSN.com from Teoma.com (Teoma is owned by and not to forget Gigablast.com a small search engine that produces results disproportionate to its size.
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Twenty Questions to Ask - Before You Hire a Lawyer
An excellent Checklist for someone to use in selecting a lawyer, has been prepared by the publishers of www.lawyers-bc.com/tips.htm. You will find these guidelines useful for not just Immigration Lawyers but other types of lawyers also.
Canada Immigration Law as a Preferred Area of Practice
The Law Society of BC has lawyers who have stated a particular "preferred area of practice" Immigration Law is one of these P.A.P's.
Not all lawyers who advertise in: telephone directories; on the Web or in magazines have stated their Preferred Area of Practice with the Law Society of BC, as it appears there is no requirement that they do so.
Multi-Lingual Realtors in Vancouver & Victoria, BC
A immigration "relocation consultant" that many people depend on is their realtor.
Looking for experienced Vancouver realtors who speaks English / Chinese Cantonese / Chinese Mandarin consider realtors Arthur Gee & Rosy Yung.
Looking for a Victoria realtor who speaks English / Chinese Cantonese / Chiu Chow / Chinese Mandarin
consider MLS award winning realtor Lucy Richardson, with Re/Max Camosun
This page is in part sponsored by Lowe & Company CanadaVisalaw.com/home.htm as a public service for people looking for immigration lawyers and services in the Vancouver area.
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This site lists lawyers with areas of practice including Canada Citizenship and Immigration / Refugee Law - we advise you to verify if the lawyer is still maintaining their membership with the Law Society of BC by going to www.lawsociety.bc.ca as lawyers move or change areas of specialization over time.
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