Getting a Canada PR is the dream for many immigrants all over the world who wants to move to Canada for a higher standard of living and career growth opportunities. With Canada PR visa, its holder is able to live and work anywhere in Canada for a duration of 5 years. With this they are able to access the subsidized education, world-class health care system etc.
The federal government of Canada has started many immigration programs to facilitate the immigrants to apply for Canada PR. Some of the major immigration programs are for Canada PR are – Express Entry Program that manages the profiles of the candidates who have applied under skilled economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Family Sponsorship Program, Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) etc.
These entire programs have different requirements and different criteria and all together whole different processes. But the most vital process for all these programs is the documentation process. If a candidate submits their application but without the proper set of documents than it can get their whole application rejected. There are some minor mistakes that every candidate makes in this process that can make the dream of moving to Canada a little bit difficult.
Some of the mistakes that a candidate makes while submitting their application for Canada PR are as follows:
- Improper Signing of the documents – It is the most commonly occurring mistake in the application submission process. Candidates miss the places where signatures needed to be put. For example in case of Additional family application/form, a single page needs to be signed in 3 places. In most of the cases candidate signs in the bottom of the page and miss the other 2 places where signatures are also required, it depends whether the candidate is accompanied by a spouse or dependent child. Taking another example, there is a form where the signature is only required only in case if a translator is used and mostly candidates sign in that place also.
These mistakes can get the candidate’s application returned and the candidate has to start all over again.
- Incorrect fees paid – Every immigration program requires a certain amount of fees to be paid and each program have a different amount to be paid. This funds also need to be submitted via different modes of payment like demand draft, certified cheque etc as asked by the immigration program candidate have applied under. For example, if the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) fees is paid by bank draft to the foreign visa office then it will be returned back to the candidate and it will delay your application as the mode of fee payment for RPRF is to be paid online. Immigration office around the world can accept the fees in the local currency of the country candidate is residing in but for that candidate first have to check online and confirm the exchange rate for the currency there only. Candidate needs to be extra careful when paying the fees and the specific amount that has to be paid.
- Photo Dimensions – Candidates needs to upload or submit their photo in exact dimensions as provided by the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in their instructions for specific type of immigration application such as medical forms for PR applications etc. If candidate is not able to submit the application with the proper size of the photograph, then the application will be returned to the candidate.
- Submitting only the documents mentioned on the IRCC checklist – Sometimes candidates need to provide some additional documents other than mentioned by the IRCC. For example, if the candidate is moving to Canada with their common-law partner, then they have to provide with an affidavit from their friends and family members attesting to their relationship and stating that it is exclusive, committed and marriage-like. The candidate has to provide with some additional documents it all depend on the type of case, but phone records, bank records, lease records, correspondence, text messages etc. can be a very big help in moving the candidate’s application forward.
- Supplemental Forms – In cases of certain countries, the candidate needs to provide with some additional forms and information that is not mentioned/obvious on the initial immigration applicant forms. For example Residency Questionnaire for people living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. And Work Experience Questionnaire required by people living in Islamabad, Pakistan. Candidate needs to make sure that they submit their application with these supplemental forms as submitting them without these can get the application rejected and returned.
- Providing with missing or wrong information – If a candidate has submitted their application with improper information or missing information, the whole application can be rejected as the IRCC depends on the information provided for selecting the application for Canada PR. The main consequence for providing the wrong information is the exclusion from Canada for at least 2 years or more. If the candidate’s application is missing any information than IRCC needs to know the reason why the information is missing and when it will be provided. Failing to do the same will get the application returned to the candidate.
- Illegible handwriting – All the applications can be filled online and with the help of Adobe Reader – that is free software. But mostly candidates prefer to fill the applications by hand and that is never advisable. Handwritten forms cannot be verified. Verified forms, using Adobe Reader, creates a series of barcodes that can easily be recorded by IRCC in their computer systems. The hand-written form will take time to process as it requires the tedious transfer of information thus delaying the whole process.
- Cover Letter not provided – Cover letter can help the immigration officer to process your application with less time as it establishes who is applying for what, and the main reason why the applicant qualifies for immigration.
- Waiting for the criminal record checks – Mostly the candidates wait for the criminal record check before submitting their application which is not advisable. If the candidate is not applying for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation – criminal record check is not required. Waiting for too long for the application submission in wait for the criminal record, may get the rules to change and suddenly the candidate can no longer qualify for programs like Federal Skilled Category etc.
- Application Mailing – If the candidate is asked by the IRCC to mail the application to appropriate office for processing, then it is best to use registered mail or in some cases it is even better to use a courier service. Doing so helps the candidate to track the application and have proof that it has arrived at its destination.