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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of immigration law does Odyssey Law practice?

Odyssey Law is a full service immigration firm. We practice in all areas of immigration law including refugee law and other humanitarian class applications, removals, family sponsorships and economic class applications for individuals. We also represent employers who are interested in bringing foreign workers to Canada, or are interested in assisting their workers obtain permanent residency status after they arrive.

2. How much will it cost to retain you as my lawyer?

Fees are based on the complexity of your matter and the amount of time and resources required. For this reason, we cannot properly assess how much your matter will cost until we meet with you and find out all of the details of your case.

3. Do you charge for a consultation?

Yes. We provide in-depth legal advice during our consultations, and therefore we charge $200 plus GST for a one-hour consultation. During the consultation we take the time to find out all of the details about your immigration situation, then we provide an honest assessment of your case and present you with the different options that might be available to you. After the consultation, you might decide that you wish to proceed on your own, or you may decide that you wish to retain us as your legal representative. If you do retain us, the consultation fee is applied to your account in most circumstances.

4. I’ve heard that some applications can take more than two years to process. Is this true?

Some permanent residence applications, including family sponsorships, can take two or more years. The processing times will depend on which visa office processes the application. We can never guarantee processing times, but we will ensure that a complete application is sent, which cuts down on delays.

5. What is the difference between an Immigration Lawyer and an Immigration Consultant?

Immigration Lawyers are required to be members in good standing with the applicable provincial Law Society. They must have completed a law degree at an appropriate institution. The Law Society sets strict standards for ethical practice and competence of lawyers. Immigration Lawyers can also provide full representation at all levels of court.

Immigration Consultants operate under the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, and can assist with certain types of immigration matters, but they are not legal experts.

6. Do you provide ‘limited’ review of applications that I have completed myself?

In some cases we will agree to ‘limited’ retainers. This means that we are not your legal representative on the file but will provide a basic review of an application before it is sent out. However in these types of situations we cannot guarantee the accuracy of an application, and are not liable for any further work on the application unless we are retained.