Canada Immigration Application – 16 Common Mistakes To Avoid

Canada Immigration Application – 16 Common Mistakes To Avoid

January 4, 2020

The majority of immigrants use the Express Entry scheme, one of the most sought after for hopeful immigrants. The software is an application management system that allows Immigrants, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to handle requests by first submitting a request to immigrants before they accept. Therefore, if you make any common mistakes in your application, you can be denied. Here are the most common mistakes that every candidate makes which can be easily avoided when filing for Canada Permanent Residency.

1. Wrong version of the language test 

IELTS is one of the popular tests for permanent residency.  IELTS has two versions of the test – General and Academic. For Express entry, the general version should be attempted and NOT academic. The academic version is acceptable only for higher studies and not acceptable for immigration.

2. Wrong dates

Your application requires you to put dates for education, language tests, work experience, proofs, medical tests, history, travel history, etc. in your application. Your submission will be reviewed internationally and your story will be changed by these common mistakes of dates. Therefore, you should check the dates carefully.

3. Name on documents and affidavits

You are uploading documents for everything. The name on the document is important because IRCC wants to ensure that those documents belong to you. If the name is not the same as that on your passport then work on an affidavit that states the different names and says that it is the same person.

4. Missing additional documents 

Most candidates submit only the documents mentioned on the IRCC checklist when applying for their Canada Visa. However, there may be times when a candidate needs to submit extra documents, apart from those mentioned by the IRCC. Depending on the case, a candidate needs to provide some additional documents to take their application forward. Failure to submit these can cause unnecessary delays in their visa application process.

5. Lack of a Cover letter 

A cover letter can establish who is applying for what and can help the immigration officer to process your application within a shorter time. It lists out the main reason why the applicant qualifies for immigration and can also lead to better success while applying for Canada PR.

6. Ignoring the medical exam

Canada’s health care system is free and in order to prevent misuse of their resources, they want you to have a medical test from a certified physician. So, unless there is a very good reason,  please undergo the medical exam. It is the very 1st thing that is checked. If you can’t get the exam due to any reason, please consult an attorney.

7. Forgetting the police clearance

Your address history and country of residence determine the countries from which you need police clearance certificates. Similarly, your travel history (trips not between the country of residence & birth should be reported) is important. The IRCC runs security checks for those durations and that’s why skipping those trips is one of the common mistakes. For every country, the processes are clearly mentioned. Reach out to the embassies of the countries if anything is not clear. As a permanent resident, you need to have a clean record. That’s why this is the 2nd thing IRCC verifies after medical.

8. Waiting too long for criminal record checks  

Candidates applying for Canada PR visas often wait for the criminal record check before submitting their application. This is not advisable as a criminal record check is not required for candidates who are not applying for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation. Sometimes rules may change while a candidate is waiting too long for the application submission and they may no longer qualify for programs such as Federal Skilled Category etc.

9. Expired passport

Submitting the application with the passport expiry dates seems like one of the common mistakes that many people meet. If you apply for express entry, we highly recommend that you have one year’s validity. Please consider renewing it before seeking express entry if it is about to expire.

10. Wrong Photo Dimensions

The Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has provided the dimensions in which a candidate needs to upload or submit their photo. They prescribe the instructions for a specific type of immigration application such as medical forms for PR applications etc. Submission of wrong size photographs can lead to a candidate’s application being returned.

11. Missing signature or signing in the wrong place

This is also one of the common mistakes that happens all the time. When a form is not signed where the applicant is supposed to sign. For instance, up to 3 signatures may be required on one page on the Additional Family Information form. Often people sign the bottom of this form and miss the fact that 2 other signatures are also required, depending on whether there is a spouse or children. Failing to sign this (or any other immigration form) properly means a returned file weeks (or even months!) after it has been filed.

Another example is a form that has a section that requires signatures only if a translator was used. If no translator is used and you mistakenly sign in this spot, your application will be rejected and sent back to you at some point in the future. It is always good to Double-check your immigration application forms and sign where required – with emphasis on “where required”.

12. Paying wrong free

Different immigration streams require different methods of payment. Your payment options will depend on where you are paying from, and what you are paying for. You may be able to pay online, through a bank draft, by certified cheque or money order.

For example, if you pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee by bank draft to the foreign visa office, it will likely be returned to you and delay your application as this fee is usually paid online in Canada. Many visa offices will accept the equivalent fee in your local currency, but you must check the specific website for that office to determine the amount of the fee in local currency – do not assume or simply use the current exchange rate – it won’t be the same.

Be sure to pay the correct amount. If not, your application will be delayed or will be sent back to you. Be very careful about how you pay your fees and the amount you have to pay

13. Supplemental Forms 

In certain cases, a candidate needs to provide some additional forms of information that are not mentioned in the initial immigration applicant forms. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that all the necessary supplemental forms are submitted along with their application to avoid its rejection or return.

14. Providing missing or incorrect information

The IRCC depends on the information a candidate provides while selecting the application for Canada PR. Submitting an application with improper or missing information can result in the whole application being rejected. Sometimes, providing the wrong information can also lead to exclusion from Canada for at least 2 years or more. Therefore, it is necessary to check your information mentioned in your application such as work experience, language test results, job offer,… If any application of the candidate is missing, it is essential that the candidate tells the IRCC the reason for the same and provide details as to when this information will be provided. Failing to do so can lead to the application being returned or rejected.

15. Illegible handwriting

Many candidates prefer to fill the application by hand, even though all applications can be filed online with the help of Adobe Reader. Handwritten forms are never advisable as they cannot be verified. Forms that are created with Adobe Reader can be verified as they create a series of barcodes that can be easily recorded by IRCC in their system. Handwritten forms will take a lot of time to process as they require the transfer of information that can be tedious for the immigration offices, and lead to delays.

16. Mail application through a reliable agency

If you’re mailing your application for processing to an office suggested by IRCC, you must ensure to use registered mail or through a reliable courier service. This helps you track the application and have proof of it has arrived at the office.



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