Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Adnan Khalid, CEO of FELCUS Immigration Consultants Inc. He is an extremely successful Engineer, professional Project Manager, and a Licensed Immigration Consultant in Canada. He is also an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in Calgary. Moreover, he plays a vital role in the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).
It is very uncommon to see a successful Engineer in Canada working on a leadership role moving to the Immigration Consultancy business. Can you please tell us more about your journey?
Sure! my journey started back in 2007 when I went to England to pursue my undergraduate and graduate degree in Civil Engineering. There was no concept of career counseling or any reliable, professional consultant in the field of education or Immigration either in the Middle East or Pakistan. The subject becomes even more challenging, especially to those whose parents or family members are not exposed to the international job market. I was lucky enough, as my father was an Engineer and have seen the world, thoroughly guided me on the needed steps when it comes to a career choice. I completed my degree in the UK and provided my services to world-renowned and prestigious contractors and consultancy companies over the last decade all over the world. During all this time, I kept thinking about the people who are not getting quality or reliable advice from anyone despite the talent they have. Then the time came when I decided to immigrate to Canada with my family. During my search for a reliable consultant, I met with so many shadow consultants, agents, and unlicensed companies that one can think of, and after been looted, deceived numerous times, I finally managed to land in Canada after a couple of years, making the pre and post-landing barricades to its peak.
So how you established yourself in Canada after landing here?
As I had no Canadian experience required to give me a breakthrough on a professional job, landing in Canada becomes more challenging. I have a ton of international experience under my belt but getting a job was tough… very tough. I decided to do everything in my capacity to be successful in Canada. I started from an entry-level engineering job, accepted far less salary than my actual profile worth, and kept working hard. In less than three years, I got the Engineering License from APEGA and continued my full practice as an engineer. I was also promoted from a low-level coordinator job to Senior Project Manager in just four years of time frame.
Why an Immigration Consultant, then?
As I mentioned earlier, I never forgot how I landed in Canada, the money I wasted with ghost consultants, the overall stress of moving to another country and starting your life with family and kids. I was fully aware of the unethical business going in full swing in Pakistan and the Middle East, where people have almost no approach or access to Licensed Immigration Consultants who follow the ethical basis needed in this industry. Immigration is a very delicate industry as you deal with human life; hence you must be responsible, and your conscience must be clear. I wanted to fill exactly this gap and want to provide quality-based services to everyone; I want to put weightage on client trust more than anything and established the company's roots on all ethical required standards. To properly execute my dream, I decided to go back to University in Calgary a few years ago and got my immigration law degree. I worked seven days a week during all this time (special thanks to my wife for always being supportive). I was coached and privileged to work with one of the best lawyers and Immigration Consultants in Calgary before starting my independent practice and still maintain vital network connections with different experts in the immigration field.
Please tell us about your company – FELCUS Immigration Consultancy Services Inc.
FELCUS Immigration Consultancy Services Inc. is a Canadian Immigration Consultancy firm based in Calgary, Alberta, and federally incorporated across Canada. Moreover, we have also incorporated our second office in Lahore, Pakistan, to serve our clients more diligently and efficiently. We offer various services that include but are not limited to Canadian Permanent residency, Tourism, Citizenship, Startup Visas, Pre-Post Landing Services and Students admissions, and much more. We are partnered with 100's of Universities and Colleges across Canada to make the admission process smoother for our students. Moreover, career counseling is a free add-on to our services; everyone can benefit who will become part of FELCUS. Furthermore, my professional network in Canada is a superb resource for young and skilled people starting their careers in Canada.
We heard that you give special attention to communication with clients, even on a personal basis, that would be tough for you to manage with your work routine?
Yes, sometimes it becomes challenging, but I believe in a long-lasting relationship. Our services at FELCUS do not end once the client got their visa to travel. Almost all of my clients who landed in Canada are still in touch with my company and me. If someone arrives in Calgary, I prefer to pick them up from the airport and welcome them. All my prospects and clients ultimately become part of the FELCUS family.
What are the strategies that helped your company become successful?
FELCUS is the other name for TRUST and QUALITY. Forward-thinking was one of the strategies that always work for my company and me. There is no compromise on all these pointers, which ultimately leads us to our motto, “Progress Not Regress.“
Any message for our readers.
Follow your dream, believe in teamwork, and always do your due diligence before landing your trust with somebody, especially in Immigration and studying abroad.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
Thank you so much for giving us your precious time! We wish you the best for your journey ahead!