There is no rule which says a candidate must hire a lawyer/Consultant to successfully apply for Canadian permanent residency
Many candidates apply and succeed on their own, while many who apply on their own face unnecessary delays or fail.
Taking a decision to apply for Canadian permanent residency is not done on a whim. It is a life-changing step made to improve the standard of living of an applicant and family members.
The process is costly, takes time and depends on the assessment of third-party officials who review and rate each case.
The review process needs full knowledge of rules and laws which are often revised. Policies and procedures change depending on the aims of the Canadian government of the day.
An immigration officer’s decision must consider an array of issues covered by volumes of government manuals, as well as ad hoc changes. These decisions are often challenged by lawyers and become the subject of volumes of reported case law.
The government encourages candidates to apply without a consultant, but in reality a good consultant protects an applicant’s rights.
The government acknowledges this:
“When lawyers and consultants present their clients’ cases in a clear and concise manner, processing is expedited and simplified.”
Canadian Embassy in Moscow’s Guidelines for Representatives. October 28, 1996.
Studies also offer proof of higher approval rates for applicants with consultants.