Astra Immigration Services is only in its beginning stages, but it is already an impressive Canadian consultancy that many can learn from. They already have multiple offices located in Bangalore, India; Hyderabad, India and Ontario, Canada.
Much of this success is attributed to Ms Monika Shah, the CEO, MD and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), RCIC #R518199, of Astra. Our Astra Immigration Services review uncovers all there is to know about the company and its services.
Monika, A True RCIC
Monika has had over seven years of experience in the field of immigration. She is clearly the face of the company. You will find her portrait across many of the pages of their website. As a Canadian citizen, she has personal access to the ins and outs of the Canadian immigration process.
We checked her Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) membership and she is clearly found on the organisation’s registry.
Monika also has a very good grasp on the importance of being in good standing with the ICCRC. In brief, membership with the council ensures that you are dealing with legitimate consultants who have the legal authorization needed to assist you with your immigration case. In this video below she clearly explains the finer points of ICCRC membership:
Astra Immigration Services’ website is great to look at and explore. All the links work and the information is ordered in a logical and consistent manner ensuring a seamless and enjoyable user experience.
On the site, you will find up-to-date information on nearly all the different visa and immigration programs to Canada. Though the list is comprehensive, we did notice that the content is quite superficial. You will not find any details on the specific requirements that need to be met in order for your application to be successful.
We are quite disappointed with their blog section. Typically, you will find numerous articles posted on a company’s blog about the latest Express Entry draws or changes to specific programs. Unfortunately, on Astra’s, there are only two articles, each posted in November, 2017.
Astra Immigration Services uses many different social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+. After a quick look, we realized that the first two on the list are their main accounts.
On Facebook, the company only has 2684 likes. This is not an impressive number by far, but remember this is a really new company. Their account was only opened in 2017. It seems as if they are very responsive to comments on their posts which is always a good sign.
The review function is still enabled. Currently, they have a 4.9/5 score; however, this is only based off of ten opinions. It is therefore not the best indicator to determine the company’s credibility.
The content they post on this platform leaves much to be desired. Seeing as they do not regularly post to their blog, the majority of their content on Facebook is advertisements, infographics and outsourced news articles.
On Twitter, they have quite a small following of a mere 15. Here they share the exact same content as on their Facebook. In fact, you will find the same content shared on their Google+ as well.
We conclude our Astra Immigration Services review on a positive note. In general, we are quite pleased with what they have to offer potential clients. It is clear they are professionals with the correct credentials that will lead you to trust them.
That being said, as a new company, there is much they can improve on. To start, they really need to make more use of their blog section. It leaves the impression that Monika and her team are not as up-to-date with Canadian immigration as they would like you to believe.
Their social media can also benefit from more relevant and original content. Once they get more users to their pages we will have access to a more clear picture of the nature of Astra’s services.
It is too early to leave you, our readers, with a clear recommendation of this company’s services. Perhaps with time it will become more clear if they can be trusted. In the meantime; however, please have a look at the many great companies on our website here.
If you have had any experience with Astra Immigration Services please let us know in the comments below. Let’s start a conversation.
- Real RCIC
- Professional Website
- Lackluster Blog
- Social media lacks original content
Social Media 60%
Website Content 70%