Bombarded. That is how we felt exploring the website of MAKS BELA International. This India based company is located in Chennai and refers to itself as the “leading immigration and visa consultants in Chennai”. Well, we decided to put them to the test in our MAKS BELA International review.
About Maks Bela
As previously mentioned, the company is located in Chennai. It is run by Mr. Muthukumaran and Mrs. Akali Muthukumaran. We aren’t entirely sure who deals with what aspect of the company because in the paragraph dedicated to “leadership” they seem to confuse the two individuals. It says “MAKS BELA International is headed by Mr. Muthukumaran a dynamic personality infused with entrepreneurial spirit. Her far-sighted vision…”
This isn’t the only instance where the company makes such confusing statements. Their entire website is filled with grammar and spelling mistakes making it near impossible to understand what they are talking about. Seriously, it took us a few hours to establish what it is that they actually and we still aren’t entirely sure. Frankly, the way their website is designed makes it even more confusing to figure out what they do apart from the numerous writing errors. Many of the links direct to the same pages and some of the links do nothing when you click on them.
MAKS BELA provide a seemingly endless list of services, including immigration, study abroad, IELTS coaching, bank loan assistance, post landing services, student counselling, TOEFL training, Nurse Exam coaching, SAT training and so much more!
We think that the company is more focused on IELTS coaching than Canadian immigration. However, seeing as we review Canadian immigration companies, we will be focusing on those services they offer in our MAKS BELA International review.
MAKS BELA has a page dedicated to “Immigration Canada” where they discuss what they offer prospective immigrants. One of these services is a free initial counselling on Canada visa processing but we aren’t really sure what that entails. It doesn’t seem to include an immigration assessment because evaluations are listed separately on their website. So perhaps it’s only there to clarify some issue you may have with the immigration process?
They provide what we assume is paid for evaluations that determine your eligibility for immigration done by “Evaluation Experts”. Unfortunately, we could not find any Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) linked to the company on the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council’s website.
The company states they that they hire the services of independent RCICs but seeing as they do not make clear mention of who these people are, we found it difficult to trust their word for it. We advise them to be upfront with who they employ so that customers can check if they are actually registered with the council.
They also provide the following range of services for Canada:
- Canada Permanent Resident Visa;
- Canada Study Visa;
- Canada Dependent Visa;
- Canada Temporary Work Visa; and
- Canada Visit Visa
Apparently, they have a 95% success rate with processing visas which is a very high number. We highly question the reality of this figure seeing as the information on their website about the various Canadian immigration programs is incorrect.
When they talk about the general requirements for Canadian immigration they explain one of the requirements as meeting all the criteria for immigration. They also merely mention you must have the ability to speak, read, write and understand English when in reality it’s a system with levels.
The worst is when they try to explain how the Canadian Express Entry program works. According to them, you are offered an LMIA which acts as your work permit when you are selected from the Express Entry pool. This does not happen and frankly that is not what an LMIA is for.
An LMIA is a document Canadian employers must get when they want to employ foreigners because they can’t fill the position with a Canadian citizen. How can MAKS BELA properly help you with your immigration application when they don’t even know how the Express Entry system (the most popular route to Canada) works?
Social Media and Testimonials
To complete the picture of this company we tried to find another MAKS BELA International review online so we headed to their customer testimonials and social media accounts.
Between the mass of content on various pages we found some testimonials but to be honest none of them seemed real. It is just some generic content that doesn’t sound like an individual’s real experience. A company will also never be truly open with testimonials because they won’t ever include any negative words about themselves on their website.
On Facebook, they only have 164 followers and on Twitter they have 71. Frankly, we were really surprised seeing as the company claims to be an established brand in Chennai. Surely, they would have a larger fan base if they are so well known?
The Conclusion to Our MAKS BELA International Review
We cannot recommend this company for your Canadian immigration application. It’s not that we think they are scammers, it’s that we find their company disorganized and their services confusing. Even if they are mainly an IELTS academy, the poor use of English on their website does not make us trust them with an immigration application or an English lesson for that matter.
MAKS BELA offers so many services to potential customers but they aren’t explained properly. Canadian immigration involves Canadian immigration law which uses very precise language. If a company is so bad at writing and editing, how can they adhere to the strict nature of law?
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- IELTS course
- Unclear about RCICs
- Poorly written content
- Incorrect information
- Bad web design
Incorrect information 20%
Unclear about RCICs 60%
Poorly written content 10%
IELTS course 70%