Don’t be headstrong: Consult an immigration specialist on employee transfers

By Orlando N. Ortega
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

It is often said that when immigration lawyers recommend that laypersons avoid filing their own immigration paperwork, financial self-interest is the only motivation. This is far from the truth.

I cannot estimate how many times I have had to try to undo the damage done to a perfectly good case by an overconfident immigrant, manager of human resources or placement agency. Personally, I would rather lose a potential client to another lawyer than to see her take a chance on filing her own paperwork with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The likelihood of failure is just too high.

The following is a list of five notable horror stories that have come across my desk since the beginning of the year.