A transparent, honest Canadian immigration consultancy with advice you can trust.
The Canada Abroad team, led by Deanne Acres-Lans and Werner Lans, knows Canada’s immigration system inside-out. Deanne, a former Canada Border Services Officer who specialised in immigration, and Werner, an immigrant to Canada himself, are both regulated Canadian immigration consultants in good standing.
Together, they have built a customer-focused Canadian immigration consultancy that is committed to helping you achieve your dream of living in Canada by providing professional, regulated, and efficient service.
You can get started with Canada Abroad by completing a free eligibility assessment for Canadian immigration:
Deanne Acres-Lans was born and raised in British Columbia, a diverse and stunningly beautiful province on Canada’s west coast, home to the city of Vancouver. After working for the government as a Canada Border Services Officer with a focus on immigration, she became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (ICCRC #508363) and set up Canada Abroad, which for many years operated from an office in South Africa. Eventually, the call of Canada was too strong to ignore, and Canada Abroad is now based in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.
Deanne specialises in Express Entry permanent residence applications, Family Class applications, work permits, study permits, visit visas, super visas, and various Provincial Nominee programs.
In particular, Deanne decided to move into private practice after seeing first-hand the amount of immigration scams, which unfortunately continue to affect immigrants and would-be immigrants around the world. As a result, she opened her own company — Canada Abroad — with a focus on honesty and ethical practices.
Most popular services
The Canada Abroad team offers a range of services, the most popular of which are outlined below. If you choose to work with Canada Abroad on a full-service application process, the fees you pay toward your consultation will be credited towards the cost of that application.
Not sure where to start? Complete Canada Abroad’s free eligibility assessment.
The Online Consultation
It’s a red flag if an immigration lawyer or consultant does not offer individual consultations. Thankfully, Deanne and the Canada Abroad team offer individual consultations to review your options for Canadian immigration.
How does it work? Deanne will begin by requesting information about yourself, your family, and what you’re hoping to achieve. Then, after carefully reviewing your information, you’ll have a 30-60 minute online consultation during which Deanne or one of her team members will explain all of your Canadian immigration options, including the pros and cons of each program.
Finally, after your consultation is complete, Canada Abroad will give you a written report with a summary of all of the information you need to complete the immigration process on your own. If you’re not sure about your options and you want to get expert advice, a one-on-one consultation with Deanne is the perfect way to begin.
The Express Entry Profile Review
First things first: It is totally possible to create and submit your own Express Entry profile. There is absolutely no reason to pay a consultant or lawyer hefty fees to create your profile for you. However, it can help to have an expert look at your profile once you’ve submitted in order to check for mistakes and recommend next steps, like how to improve your CRS score.
This is why Deanne and the crew have developed the Express Entry Profile Review. For CAD $195.00, they will take a detailed look into your Express Entry profile. Your documents will be checked, NOC code verified, and settlement funds reviewed. Perhaps best of all, the team will review your CRS score and if you’re below the most cut-off scores for Express Entry draws, they’ll recommend your best options for improving, including recommending possible PNPs for your application.
In the end, Canada Abroad will provide you with a written report giving you the full details of their findings and step-by-step instructions for what comes next. Deanne and her team focus on giving you the information you need to complete the process yourself and ensuring that you understand how the application works.
You don’t need to pay someone to create your Express Entry profile, but once your profile is ready, an expert review can help give you the competitive edge!
Here’s Deanne with a short video overview of the Express Entry Profile Review:
The Express Entry Permanent Residence Application Review
The final step of Express Entry is your electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR). This application is extremely detailed, requiring a complete personal history, police clearance certificates, work reference letters, proof of financial support, medical exams, and more!
While it is possible to complete your eAPR successfully by yourself, it is also true that even a single missing document can be the cause for your application to be refused. Canadian immigration officers are known to be very strict with their evaluation of these applications.
For peace of mind and clarity, it can be a worthwhile investment to have a reputable consultant, like Deanne and her team, review your application before you submit it. They will double-check all of your information and documents to ensure that everything is valid and meets program requirements.
Deanne will work to make sure that you feel confident in your application when you click the submit button.
Here’s Deanne with a short video overview of the Express Entry Permanent Residence Application Review:
Review of Rejected Applications
Review of Rejected Applications: This consultation is for those who have submitted an application for a Study Permit, Work Permit or Visit Visa and believe that IRCC has refused their application incorrectly or want to understand why their application was refused. Canada Abroad’s Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant will review your refusal letter and all of the relevant supporting documents and application forms to assist you in determining if a second application could be successful.
This is not for those who want to apply for a Judicial Review by the Federal Court. This is only for those who want to further understand the refusal of their application to see if Judicial Review would be an option or want to submit a new application.
Study Permit File Review
Study Permit File Review: Canada Abroad’s Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant will provide a written review of your application. You will be required to share all of your completed application forms and supporting documents.
You will be provided with your written report within 7 working days advising you of any mistakes in the application forms, the quality of the supporting documents and advice regarding what you can do to strengthen your application and let you know if you are missing any documentation
Spousal File Review
Spousal File Review: Canada Abroad’s Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant will provide a written review of your application. You will be required to share all of your completed application forms and supporting documents. You will be provided with your written report within 7 working days advising you of any mistakes in the application forms, the quality of the supporting documents and advice regarding what you can do to strengthen your application and let you know if you are missing any documentation.
This option also includes a 60-minute online consultation to review the written report and any questions you may have in relation to the report.
Ordering GCMS Notes
Was your application refused and you want more information? You can order detailed notes from the government explaining their decision. These are called GCMS notes and must be requested through an Access to Information request.
Canada Abroad can request your GCMS notes on your behalf, taking the confusion out of navigating the complicated Access to Information process. Find out all the details here.
How does Canada Abroad work?
If you’re not eligible for immigration at this time, Deanne will tell you why and how you might become eligible in the future. If you are eligible, she’ll give you the guidance to sit in the driver’s seat of your own immigration journey. And, if you are eligible and you want an expert by your side every step of the way, Deanne can be that expert for you.
Canada Abroad provides honest advice, delivered in the most simple way possible, which allows clients to fully understand their immigration options without pressuring them to sign on for services they do not need or do not qualify for.
The company offers a variety of services, including consultations, reviews, and full representation with your Canadian immigration application.
Canada Abroad loves to assist those looking to immigrate to Canada. They have a YouTube channel and podcast dedicated to assisting those looking to immigrate to Canada. Their YouTube channel even features an FAQ Friday where you can send in your own questions to be answered.
‘We will make your application as easy and stress-free as possible. When looking to immigrate to Canada, you have a choice to do the application yourself, or to use the assistance of a legally authorized representative. We understand that not everyone needs assistance and we will never pressure you to do so! We are here to help those who need it and we offer a variety of services to meet each client’s individual needs and budget.’
– Deanne Acres-Lans, Canada Abroad
Not sure where to begin? Start by completing Canada Abroad’s free eligibility assessment below.Have questions you want answered? Get started by booking a one-on-one consultation with Deanne.