Immigration FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about Canadian immigration and ImmiSearch

What happens after I submit my application?

IRCC’s processing goal is to process all Express Entry applications within 6 months of receiving them. However, these are departmental goals, and some applications can be delayed beyond 6 months. ImmiSearch stays with you until you receive IRCC’s decision, helping you with follow-ups, submitting requests for GCMS notes (officer notes), and for any critical milestone along the way.

How do I know my application package is complete?

With ImmiSearch, you get 3 separate anti-rejection checks, including an immigration consultant to review your application. Only when the immigration consultant reviews your entire application, will we confirm that your application is ready for submission.

What about optional supporting documents?

Immigration applications often require optional supporting documents on a case-by-case basis. Your immigration consultant will help you identify what is needed for your application to make sure you’re creating the most robust case for your application.

No problem! Our specialized team will help clarify any questions you’re unsure of so you can complete them with confidence. You’ll get peace of mind by knowing that you’ve answered the questions correctly and that an immigration consultant has reviewed your application for errors and completeness.

What will the immigration consultant do for me?

Your knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant will help reduce your risk of complications and rejections. They will review everything, starting from your assessment, documents, Express Entry profile all the way to your complete immigration application. If there is an error or cause for concern, they’ll identify and address it for you so that you can submit your application quickly, successfully, and with confidence.

What is the success rate of hiring an immigration consultant?

Based on statistics given to ImmiSearch from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the average success rate of economic immigration programs represented by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants in 2020 was 97% for “Country of Residence: Canada” applications and 94% for “Country of Residence: Not Canada”.

What is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant?

A Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) is an authorized representative approved by the Government of Canada to provide Canadian immigration services for a fee. RCICs must obtain an immigration consultant diploma from an accredited college/university, pass the license exam, and register with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) before they are authorized to provide immigration services.

When is the Express Entry Draw?

There is no guaranteed date for Express Entry Draws. However, historically, Express Entry Draws have occured most frequently on Wednesdays every other week.

View the latest draw result.

What is my CRS score for Express Entry?

Your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is dependent on many factors. It is made up of a maximum of 600 “Core” and 600 “Additional” points for a total of 1,200 possible points. Factors that determine your CRS score include your age, education, work experience, language skills, and much more. Take our Express Entry Eligibility Assessment and create a profile with ImmiSearch to get your CRS score calculated.

What is the minimum eligibility for Express Entry?

The minimum eligibility for Express Entry differs for each of the three immigration programs Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST). Take our Express Entry Eligibility Assessment to see if you are qualified.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online immigration application system used for three immigration programs:

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)

These 3 economic immigration programs made up over 45% of all approved immigration applications in 2019.

What is the cost of ImmSurance Protection Plan?

ImmiSearch's ImmSurance Protection Plan is included in all bookings and services retained and paid for through the ImmiSearch platform.

What happens if my immigration consultant breaches the RCIC Code of Ethics?

Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are experienced, reputable, and verified. They are regulated by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and must comply with the RCIC Code Of Ethics or risk being disciplined.

In the unlikely event that an immigration consultant hired on ImmiSearch makes a critical breach of the RCIC Code of Ethics as assessed by ImmiSearch, ImmiSearch will assist you in submitting a formal complaint to the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and in recovering your service fees from the immigration consultant in question. If you are unable to recover your fees despite an ICCRC order to the immigration consultant to return your fees, ImmiSearch will refund you your fees as decided during ICCRC's complaints and discipline process.

What happens if I hire an unauthorized representative on ImmiSearch?

We go to great lengths to verify that every immigration consultant is licensed and registered with Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

In the unlikely event that you hire the services of an unauthorized representative on ImmiSearch's platform, we will refund you 100% of the service fees incurred. The only exception is if we suspect fraud.

What immigration program can I apply under?

Immigration can be daunting with over 80 different programs to consider.  We recommend booking an initial consultation with an experienced immigration consultant to receive a fully eligibility assessment on programs that you can apply under. If you are not eligible for any option, the immigration consultant will also help you assess pathways that may help you become eligible in the future.

Alternatively you can use our 3 minutes immigration program finder to see a general list of immigration programs that you can research further.

What questions should I ask my immigration consultant?

Before you decide you hire an immigration consultant, you should make sure that they are the right partner for you. Remember that you may be working with them for several months or even years!

We recommend asking these questions in the beginning:

  • How experienced are you?
  • What are you specializations?
  • What exact services will I be paying for?
  • Who will be working on my application?
  • What are your fees?

What is the cost of using ImmiSearch to find a consultant?

100% free! We believe that having access to legitimate, licensed, and authorized immigration consultants is a right. ImmiSearch charges $0 service fees for finding, booking, or hiring immigration consultants. You'll only need to pay the consultant for their services.

How much does it cost to hire an immigration consultant?

The cost of hiring an immigration consultant can vary depending on the complexity of your case, the consultant's experience, and more. For example, the average Express Entry Canadian Experience Class permanent residency application generally costs between $2000 - $5000. These are general numbers and some consultant fees may be lower or even higher. Let us know what your budget is and we will find the best immigration consultant for you.

Is ImmiSearch a Legitimate company?

Yes! We understand your caution. Immigration is daunting enough.

ImmiSearch is a British Columbia based company started by a team of immigrants and immigration experts. The company started in 2020 with support from The University of British Columbia's entrepreneurship@UBC accelerator program.

We've also been featured in TechCouver, Best Startup Canada, New Ventures BC, Entrepreneurship@UBC, Vancouver Tech Journal and The High Technology Facilities Group.

If you have any doubts, you can reach us via phone, email, and live chat on our site. You'll always talk to a real person when you contact us.