Hi we are looking to move and was wondering if it is best to use a immigration company or do it all ourselves. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
No you do not and you can research, prepare, submit and monitor your own application. The biggest reason for doing so would probably be one of budget restrictions. South African Immigration consultancies are private companies that work for fees, not using one will save you these fees.
Note: Moving countries is more than just getting the correct VISA.
Please also remember no immigration consultant can guarantee you a visa, nor a time frame for a decision, false promises are unfortunately made in respect of both of these when by law only the Department of Home Affairs can do this.
Some guidance my side (if you want to go with Immigration Company): Companies are not registered but individuals within an immigration consultancy are. They should be able to supply you with those individuals names and also their certificates proving they are indeed registered practitioners.
-Is the immigration company a registered company and does it have registered immigration practitioners ?
-Look on the internet for compliments about the company.
-What is the size of the company – small companies and one person providers may struggle resource wise.
-Did they explain your options clearly and concisely with all associated costs?
-Where possible visit them or meet with them – see for yourself if their website claims are backed up with reality.
-Look at their clients and associations – this will give you a clear indication of their standing in the industry.
-Ascertain how long they have been immigration consultants for – whilst the oldest may not be the best you cannot discount experience.
-Be comfortable – you will be working with your appointed immigration consultant in South Africa for many months and sometimes years so it is important that you feel comfortable with them.