Immigration to Canada has become increasingly popular in recent years, and citizenship and immigration Canada (IRCC) is welcoming this trend. Number of people applying each year, and especially due to delays in processing because of Covid-19, it’s become more important than ever to prepare and submit a good application to give yourself the best chance at an approval.
While filing your application with the help of a good immigration professional can certainly help (just be aware of the scammers), you’re more than capable of applying on your own. However, after reviewing dozens of applications as an immigration lawyer – and helping many people after they were rejected when applying by themselves –here are the most common mistakes people make, and how to avoid them when applying for yourself.
The Three Most Common Mistakes When Applying to Immigration Canada Are:-
Not submitting all of the required documents: This is a common mistake for all types of immigration applications, but it is especially important to be careful when applying for the Canadian permanent resident visa. There are a lot of documents required , and it is important to make sure that you submit everything correctly that needs to be. You can find the list of the required documents on the immigration, refugees and citizenship Canada IRCC website.
Making mistakes on the Application form: It is important to fill out the application forms carefully and accurately. Any mistakes could lead to delays or even a refusal of your application. If you are unsure about anything, it is always best to err on the side of caution and seek help from a qualified immigration professional.
In addition to all the documents required, you should also consider including a letter of explanation (LOE) in your application. The LOE will look slightly different depending on the type of application (Study permit, PR, etc.), but generally speaking can mention:
- A bit about you, your application and intentions to come to Canada
- explain any documents you may be missing, and why
- discuss some of your documents in more detail if you think they may be confusing to the visa officer
Besides helping the visa officer to understand your profile and goals/intentions, it also may help the immigration officer to understand anything odd in your application or in your documents (e.g. something odd in your bank statement, reasons you had any previous visa application denied, why do you think the course you chose will be important for your career – in case you are applying for a study visa, etc).
Not to mention that it also shows that you are committed to and understand the immigration process. While not required for every single application, I encourage including an LOE – especially if there are confusing elements to your application.
Not Double Checking the Small Details:
The most important skill you can have for preparing your application is extreme attention to detail. The reason for this is that, as you’ve seen above, you must be very careful in providing the right documents, and you must also make sure you’ve filed in your forms correctly and that they are consistent with any supporting documents you’re including.
For example, if your immigration application form has certain information on it, but it doesn’t match with information on your passport, or other documents, it can cause confusion for the processing agent, delays and worse.
The most common issue I see is that people will forget to fill out certain parts of the application, or information will not be correct or consistent between documents. Because of this, my biggest recommendation is to do a full review of all of your forms and documents, at least once, when you’ve finished compiling them.
Make sure that:
- You’ve provided all of the forms and documents as mentioned in my first tip
- Everything is scanned clearly and is legible
- All information is consistent across all documents
- There are no gaps in the information or documents you’ve provided
- Everything has been filled out accurately, honestly and accurately
With this in mind, hopefully you will be in a great position to obtain approval in your immigration application!
How to Avoid All Above 3 Most Common Mistakes
To avoid all the common mistakes when applying to immigration Canada , it is important to prepare and to take your time . here, are some tips:-
- Start your planning early
- Do your research
- Get help from a qualified immigration professional
Here are some specific tips for avoiding each of three most common mistakes:-
- To avoid not submitting all of the required documents
- To avoid making mistakes on the applications forms
- To avoid misrepresenting yourself on the application
It is also important to note that the IRCC is very strict about fraud and misrepresentation. If you are caught misrepresenting yourself on your immigration application you could be refused entry into Canada and even banned from entering the country for up to five years.
Applying to immigration Canada can be a complex and daunting process, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you, including qualified immigration professionals and the IRCC website.
So, if you follow the above tips, you will be well on the way to a successful immigration application. For more information you can contact Croyez Immigration.