Tips to be Immigration Savvy

May 22nd, 2022
Tips to be Immigration Savvy

We know it’s a big step to come to a new Country and Study.  We want to bring you some tips so you know what to look for when you are choosing someone to help guide you through the study permit process.

An Immigration Lawyer or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) specializes in this area and can give you proper information and advice.  They can help you navigate this process easier and with more confidence.  You are not required to hire someone to help you with your study permit. 

Unfortunately, Immigration fraud is everywhere so here are some things you should know:

  • There is no guarantee of a Visa – if someone gives you a 100% guarantee you should walk away. 
  • No one can guarantee a job in Canada – it is up to you to succeed in your interview and show your skills.
  • No one has special Influence in the Canadian Embassy or the High Commission – they might have a friend there but they can’t help with your Visa/Study Permit.
  • No one can offer your faster application processing – it is first come first served.


That’s a great question!  It’s hard to know who is right and who is the wrong person for you.  We suggest you contact a few and see who gets back to you.  Have a conversation.  Who do you feel comfortable with?  And most important – who do you think will work for you.  You are going to be paying for their services, you want to know they will be there when you have a question.

Some questions to ask yourself, did they seem rushed on the phone?  Did they listen to your questions and answer them fully?  Did they make promises that they shouldn’t have? (See above) will they give you all agreements in writing?  Will they provide references from past clients?  Did they provide their qualifications and licenses?  And just make sure that they are one of the following:

  1. RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) in good standing with the CICC (College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants)
  2. Immigration lawyers and paralegals in good standing with the law society.
  3. Notaries who are members in good standing of Chambre Des Notaires Due Quebec

How to check if your representative is authorized:


You must never share your UCI or Application number or personal details with any website (YouTube, Instagram Page, Facebook Page) or Social Media platform in anticipation of getting more information on processing your application.

Only processing times provided on the IRCC website or your online application portal are true and valid.

IRCC will NEVER call you to get your bank details for your payment of fees.

McKenzie College staff and faculty by law, cannot discuss immigration issues.  We will always refer you back to your Immigration Consultant or Lawyer.

IRCC is the best and official source for information on Canadian Immigration Programs and Services.  Be careful when searching for immigration information online. 

At McKenzie College, we want your experience to Be Remarkable!  We hope you are able to use this information to your advantage when applying for your study permit.