About the Company
Canada Abroad is a respectable immigration consultancy that offers regulated Canadian Immigration Consulting services such as advice and representation to clients looking to acquire temporary or permanent Canadian visas, including but not limited to study or work permits, visit visas, spousal sponsorships, and other permanent or temporary residency applications.
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The website is owned by Canada Abroad (PTY) Ltd., which is a company registered in South Africa (registration number 2015/000376/07), with offices in Canada.
Consulting services will be offered by their Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants: Deanne Acres-Lans, who has more than 12 years of experience, and Werner Lans (originally from South Africa and has gone through the immigration process himself). Both are members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
Canada Abroad is authorized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to represent clients in matters related to Canadian immigration applications. This means that they can act on your behalf in all dealings with the CIC but keep in mind that Canada Abroad is not a representative of the Canadian government, which is the only authority that can issue a visa.
Our Take on Canada Abroad
Right from the start you can tell this is a serious company, with a well put together website and a polished appearance. It looks and feels like a one-stop-shop for all matters related to Canadian immigration – you name it, they’ve got it: work and study visas, permanent residency, Express Entry, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class Application and so much more.
And if that’s not enough, they’ve partnered with other companies to offer additional services such as financial advice for new immigrants (via their associates Kingsmere Financial Services), IELTS development courses (provided by Highway IELTS), as well as accounting services, finding a home to rent or buy, and more.
In other words, Canada Abroad can help with most if not all facets of Canadian immigration – heck, they can even help to pick you up at the airport, they can offer travel insurance and they can help you ensure that your CV is up to Canadian standards. Talk about a complete package, right?
But besides a polished website and a professional approach, any immigration consulting firm needs a respectable Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and from the looks of things, they’ve hit the nail on the head in this regard as well.
Their main RCIC is Deanne Acres-Lans, a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). She has over 12 years of experience in the Canadian immigration industry and she immigrated herself to South Africa (currently based in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city), thus she can relate on a personal level to clients who are now going through the immigration process.
On top of that, it seems she really is a people person and from what we could find online, her reputation is solid, with clients praising her people skills as well as her professionalism.
Overall we are impressed with Canada Abroad and consider them a good choice if you are looking for a company to represent and help you with the entire immigration process. They offer consultancy on a wide range of visa types, as well as assistance in other matters, via their associates.
CanadaAbroad has a respectable RCIC who works as part of the Canada Abroad, meaning they will not relay your application to a third-party firm. This usually translates into lower costs for the client, faster response times, and all in all, a better service.
Services Provided by PROICC Canada Abroad
This system was established by the Canadian government in 2015. It allows skilled workers the opportunity for permanent residency in Canada. It is used by anyone who meets the criteria of one of the following immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Tradesperson, member of the Canadian Experience Class or a Provincial Nominee.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
This is one of Canada’s most popular immigration programs. It allows people from around the world to apply for Canadian permanent residency, as long as they meet certain criteria regarding education, age, work experience, English or French language skills. The program does not require a job offer or Canadian work experience in order to be eligible, which makes it the easiest option for prospective immigrants.
The Federal Skilled Trades Person
Similar to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, this program requires applicants to meet certain criteria (age, education, etc.) but they also need to have either a Canadian Trades Certificate or a job offer from a Canadian employer.
Canadian Experience Class
To qualify for Canadian Experience Class, applicants have to meet certain criteria such as having worked at least 12 months full-time as a skilled worker in Canada (experience gained in Canada on a valid Work Permit), and meeting certain language levels as shown by an approved language test.
Provincial Nominee Program
To qualify, individuals have to meet the requirements set forth by specific provinces.
If you want to visit Canada for whatever reason, you will need a visit visa. Conditions may differ depending on your country of citizenship.
Such a permit is issued for a limited period and allows you to study in Canada, assuming that an educational institution accepted your application.
Please note that this list is non-exhaustive and that additional consulting services are offered by Canada Abroad.
Canada Abroad Reviews
Canada Abroad has a lively online presence, with active social media profiles, which include Instagram, a podcast on Spotify, as well as a Facebook page with almost 56K followers and almost just as many likes.
They also have a YouTube channel with over 5K subscribers and regular content, posted every few days. The videos are educational (a lot of “how-to” videos) but they also post Express Entry Draw results and other information.
What Others Say About Canada Abroad
Most of the user reviews we managed to locate are very positive and although they don’t have any reviews on Trustpilot, they have a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating on eKomi, with 92% positive reviews and only 2% negative (the rest are neutral).
In some of the negative reviews, clients have complained that the application review seemed “rushed” or that the company showed an impersonal approach. And while these issues should be addressed (if what the clients are saying is indeed true), we consider that the overwhelming percentage of positive reviews is more than enough to offset the negatives. And besides, even the best companies make mistakes sometimes. Hey, nobody’s perfect!
To get in touch with Canada Abroad you can use their social networks or a more direct approach, via phone (ZA): + 27 (0) 14 941 0802; phone (CA): + 1 289 400 4007 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their registered postal address is Post Net Suite #179, Private Bag X21, Bryanston, Nicolway Shopping Centre, 2021.
The address in Canada is 2115 South Service Road W., Oakville, ON, L6L 5W2 (Virtual Office) and the address in South Africa is 59 Woodlands Avenue, Hurlingham Office Park, Block G, Sandton, 2196 (Virtual Office).
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