Canada Citizenship Immigration Services (canadacis.org) is a private immigration consultancy, with unknown experience, relatively high fees, and aggressive marketing tactics. The range of services includes permanent residency, work and study permits, as well as family sponsorship and business immigration programs.
The website is owned and operated by BGTECH EOOD, which is a private company with a registered address at 53-55 Totleben Blvd. Sofia, 1606 Bulgaria., and with a Canadian office at 151 Yonge Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2W7, Canada.
As always, it is important to note that Canada CIS is not affiliated with the Canadian government and cannot guarantee a visa or permit. The final decision on the matter belongs to the Canadian government.
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This immigration company seems to tick all the regular boxes, without standing out in any particular area. The website offers all the information you would expect, listing the full range of visas and permits they offer assistance for, information about their legal representatives, contact details and company information, etc.
However, Canada CIS doesn’t offer details about the experience as an immigration consultancy, other than “We provide immigration consultancy based on many years of experience”. Now, many years of experience is subjective and we would much rather want to see a launch date instead. That would allow us and everyone else to better gauge their experience as an immigration business.
Furthermore, the marketing they use is a bit over the top, but that might be just nit-picking. Anyway, we love it when companies want the best for their clients, but expressions like “reaching the stars for our clients” might be a bit farfetched. But enough nit-picking, let’s focus on their legal staff.
Proper RCIC License
First up, it is important to note that persons who provide immigration assistance must be included in two categories: 1) Citizenship or immigration consultants must be members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. 2) Lawyers or notaries must be members of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society, or the Chambre des notaries du Québec.
Canada CIS works with Jean-Patrice Meunier, who is a Lawyer, member of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO Number: 63777E). We have checked Mr. Meunier’s credentials on the official website of the Law Society of Ontario and we can confirm he is a member in good standing, without any disciplinary action taken against him. Besides Jean-Patrice Meunier, Canada CIS collaborates with a few other selected lawyers and licensed RCICs.
To sum it up, the Legal Department of Canada CIS looks in good order, with the proper certifications and credentials. However, we would like to know more details about their RCICs, such as names or identification numbers so we could look them up on the ICCRC website.
Canada CIS Fees
Apart from company information and legal details (RCICs, lawyers, etc.), it’s important to know how much the service will cost, because usually immigration consultancies are not cheap. Canada CIS offers this information: to register your application, a single candidate will have to pay 525 EUR and couples/families will have to pay 675 EUR.
If you are eligible to continue, you will receive recommendations about the best-suited program and you will have to pay additional fees, as follows: the Federal Package starts from 3,999 EUR, the Provincial Package starts from 5,499 EUR and the Student Package starts from 3,250 EUR. It’s up to you to decide whether these fees are acceptable or not but in our opinion, they are a bit too steep.
Canada CIS Services
- Express Entry
- Business Immigration
- Family Sponsorship
- Study Permit
- Other temporary visa types
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Canada CIS has several social media profiles but their following is modest compared to other, more well-established immigration consultancies. At the time of writing, their Facebook profile has about 11,000 followers and almost just as many likes, their Twitter is followed by only 33 people, their Instagram has 236 followers, and their YouTube channel has 189 subscribers.
It’s unclear when this agency was founded but their Facebook page was created in late-2019, which may be the reason for the modest following. It may also offer hints about the launch date, which was probably around the same period.
Regarding their reputation and interaction with clients, if you check the testimonials and comments available on their website, everything looks great and Canada CIS seems like the greatest immigration agency in the world.
However, upon a deeper search, we’ve realized that a lot of clients are complaining about this consultancy.
The client featured above complains that after paying 540 EUR, was asked for additional money and believes he was the victim of a scam. It’s true that Canada CIS mentions on the website that you will have to pay additional funds after the initial fee (assuming you are eligible to continue) but the complaints about their tactics are too many and too worrying to ignore:
As always, all comments posted online should be taken with a grain of salt because one cannot fully verify their credibility but as the old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, thus we recommend caution.
In conclusion, Canada CIS doesn’t enjoy the best reputation possible, but then again, we cannot give 100% credibility to all comments posted online. Anyway, you should use caution (as always), and you should clearly understand what you are paying for.
Editor’s Note – The Bottom Line
All in all, Canada CIS doesn’t look like the most professional immigration firm or the best in class. Things to watch out for:
- They offer information about their main Lawyer, but not about their RCICs or other Lawyers;
- The exact time in business is not known;
- You will have to pay a fee just to register your application. Additional payments will follow if your application is accepted;
- The fees are high;
- A large number of clients have reported malicious practices and have accused Canada CIS of being a scam (we cannot fully verify, nor do we claim this to be true).
Based on all the above, at this time we consider that you have better alternatives when it comes to immigration consultancies. However, the final decision should always belong to you, the client, after you have conducted a thorough assessment of the consulting agency.