Year after year, Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of immigrants from its various immigration programs. As of 2012 alone, Canada accepted more than 250,000 new settlers.
However, behind this huge number is also a large number of applicants rejected because of a variety of reasons. And while many applications are declined because they don’t meet the basic requirements, others are rejected merely because of some simple mistakes or some small information omitted in the application.
Below, we list down the top mistakes committed by many applicants, which can cause decline of application. Be sure you avoid these to increase the chances of your application being approved.
Including Ineligible Dependents in the Application
Most applicants who are declined because of this mistake often include their parents and siblings as their dependents when applying for permanent residency. This slows down the application process because siblings and parents cannot be included as dependents; only spouses, common-law partners, and children (biological or legally adopted) can be included in the list.
Be sure you don’t experience any hassle by familiarizing yourself with the immigration guidelines!
Inconsistencies in History and Background
Most immigration programs will ask you to list down your detailed history – work history, education, and even your travel history. You need to be careful in listing down details here because even the smallest inconsistency can become cause for problem.
All periods in your history should be accounted for – even as short as a week of travel. If you were out of work for a period of time, this should also be included in your history; there should be no period that is missing. All your supporting letters must also correspond to your detailed history in terms of the dates.
Low Language Competency Score
There is no single language level that is required by all programs; language level requirements vary. Yes, there are different tests that can show language ability, but all test results should meet or exceed the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
What’s tricky here is the fact that most programs require a certain score in all four benchmarks: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Scoring low in even just one of these (even if the other three benchmarks score high) can cause an application to be declined.
Therefore, it is very important not only to familiarize yourself with the score required in the program you’re applying in but also to strengthen your skills in all four language benchmarks.
Invalid Employment Letters
Most programs require that you provide an employment letter as proof of your work experience. This letter can come from your current or from a previous employer.
The most common mistake that happens here is the letter having incomplete components. Most programs require certain elements to be present in the employment letter, such as your position in the company, description of your job duties, schedule, salary and working conditions, as well as the employer’s signature and company information such as address and contact details. The letter should also be printed on paper with the company letterhead. Even just one element missing can cause a problem.
To be sure you don’t experience this, always ask what elements are needed in the letter and send a list to your employer when requesting for the employment letter.
Most applicants enlist the service of a representative in order to expedite the application process. This representative can be a lawyer or an immigration consultant who knows the ins and outs of the process and can help avoid costly mistakes. However, the problem here is that there are many unauthorized individuals who claim to have the credentials to become representatives, and they often offer their service in exchange for a great amount of money.
Many of these are scam, and it might be too late before you find out the truth about these individuals. To avoid such a problem, always screen those that you are considering as representatives. Ask for credentials before you entrust your application to them.
The mistakes mentioned above can happen not only to permanent residency applicants; they can be committed even by temporary workers or students. And with most programs now having a cap, and with applications filling up fast, making a small mistake can be crucial. Therefore, always be careful and plan your application ahead.