The most common mistakes when applying to immigrate to Canada.
Whatever is your reason to immigrate to Canada, a better quality of life, security, job opportunities, the immigration process must be done with great caution. So pay attention, and don’t make these mistakes when making your dream of living in Canada come true!
Believing that Express Entry is the only solution
Although Express Entry is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada, it is not the only one! Pilot and Provincial Nominees programs are also ways of immigrating to Canada – just determine which one is best for you, according to your immigration objective and profile. More on that below!
Not knowing what’s your Canadian Immigration Profile
Each person has their particularities, life history and qualifications. There are many ways to immigrate to Canada, so you need to understand which one is best for you. If you still don’t know which immigration program is right for you, take our free profile assessment!
Factors such as age, school level, English proficiency, area of expertise, among others, are considered when setting up your immigration profile. From there, it is possible to design the ideal strategy for you.
Not planning ahead
Anyone who thinks that the process of immigrating to Canada is quick and easy is very much mistaken. In addition to gathering all the necessary documentation, such as proof of work experience, school transcripts, proof of funds and their translations, if you still don’t have an English proficiency test score, you need to count the time for you to prepare for the test, as well as the time it takes for you to get the results. In the case of school transcripts, you will probably need an ECA – Educational Credential Assessment, a document that validates your diploma and its equivalence in Canada. As you can see, there are many factors and documentation necessary, so it is best to have an immigration plan outlined according to your objectives in advance.
Waiting too long
Although we advise you to have an immigration plan drawn up in advance, this does not mean that you have all the time in the world! Remember that age is one of the factors that influences your Express Entry profile, and in addition, language proficiency, ECA, and other documents have an expiration date – so if you wait too long to put your plan to immigrate to Canada in action, you may have to start from scratch!
Dismissing the help of a professional
The decision to immigrate to Canada may sound like a simple one, but the truth is that the immigration process can be stressful. In addition to leaving home, what you are used to, you must be sure that you are following the best immigration strategy for your profile and that you have all the right documents. The information about immigration available online may well be out of date or not suitable for your specific process. Therefore, if you plan to immigrate to Canada, we advise you to get the help of a professional to ensure that your application and all of your documents are in order. We can help you with that!
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Not giving much importance to the language proficiency test
Many feel they can learn the language after arriving in Canada, but the fact is that you need a certain level of understanding to start your immigration process to Canada: Depending on your proficiency score, you guarantee up to 186points on your Express Entry profile!
In addition, what many fail to consider is the test itself: You may have advanced English or even be a native speaker, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare for your test! Whether IELTS or CELPIP (for those who are already in Canada), each test has its own characteristics and requirements, so it is better to study well to ensure your best result!
In fact, e-Visa has partners to help you achieve the score you need in your language proficiency! Contact us and learn more!
Disposing of assets such as house or car for proof of funds.
We understand that immigrating to Canada is not a cheap process, and the amount needed to prove funds can be a headache for many. But you have to be very careful if you are thinking about selling assets in order to obtain this value. The ideal is that you have the net value in your account or in an investment, but if extra income is needed, there is a right time and right way to do so. It is important to check with your immigration consultant before making any decisions.
Making mistakes when gathering documents for the immigration process.
As we have already stated, the immigration process to Canada requires a lot of attention from the applicant. With many documents to be sent, it takes a lot of organization and attention to detail to not make the mistake of forgetting some necessary documentation or missing the deadline.
In addition, it is important to be as detailed and complete as possible when filling out your application, as an error can make all the difference. All information you provide in your immigration process to Canada must be accompanied by evidence, which includes income tax, payment receipts, proof of employment, marriage and birth certificates, passports, school transcripts and many more.\
In some cases, you have the option of sending copies of the necessary documents, but sometimes an original form or a certified copy done by a government agency is required. So, you must pay close attention!
Providing false information, even if unintentional.
We know that you probably will not give false information to the Canadian government on purpose, but as we have said before, it is a detailed process that requires a lot of caution and organization. There is a lot of information and documents needed, and of course nobody has a perfect memory, but “I didn’t mean to” is not considered an acceptable reason for presenting incorrect or misleading information to the Canadian government. Such types of errors may well delay your application or even cause it to be rejected, so be extremely careful.
Use an unofficial translator or send documents in another language.
All documentation for your immigration to Canada that is not in the local language (English or French) must be translated before being sent to the Government of Canada. But beware: Not just any translation is accepted, you must hire a professional and certified translator – e-Visa Immigration has quality translators that are accepted by the Canadian government, contact us!
Using an unauthorized representative.
As you can see, the process of immigrating to Canada can be complex and a lot of attention and caution is required. That is why we recommend hiring a representative to help you with your application, in order to minimize the chance of the errors mentioned above. Such representatives may be paid or not, but, if paid, they must be lawyers or immigration consultants authorized by the Government of Canada to assist Canadian immigration applicants.
Unfortunately for those who wish to immigrate to Canada, there are many frauds that claim to be immigration representatives, when in fact they are not allowed to represent individuals. These fake representatives are not accountable to the government or any professional institution and usually ask for large sums of money for a “guaranteed” visa.
Avoid this: if you are looking for a representative, do not hesitate to ask for the professional’s credentials. An immigration consultant must be registered with the ICCRC (Canadian Immigration Consultants Regulatory Council).
All of our consultants are registered with the ICCRC. So don’t waste any time, contact us now and let us help you make Canada your home.
For those who are already in the country with another type of status, but intend to immigrate to Canada:
Arrive as a tourist (visitor status) and try to change to a worker and / or student status from within Canada.
The best thing to do is to come to Canada with the status you ultimately want, that is, a work permit if you want to work in Canada, or a study permit if your goal is to study in the country.
If you have a visitor status in Canada, the chance of being denied the change of status tends to be higher. In addition, since December 2018, biometric registration is mandatory for everyone who wants to live in Canada, either temporarily or permanently. So, we go back to the starting point: planning! Define your goals, your immigration profile and count on our team to guide you to the best path.
Disobeying the conditions of your permit.
The conditions described in your status, whether you are a visitor, worker or student in Canada are not mere suggestions! A student in Canada, for example, can only work part-time during their study period, that is, UP TO 20 hours a week. And don’t think that you can cheat this requirement, or that no one will notice if you exceed that limit, especially if you intend to immigrate to Canada or renew your current status: It’s grounds for rejection and / or invalidation of your permit!
If you have an open work permit, remain in an occupation that does not help you in your final goal.
This issue is a little more delicate. We understand that in the beginning it can be difficult to place yourself in your area and that jobs considered “entry level” can guarantee you a reasonable income to live in Canada. But if your end goal is to immigrate to Canada, a Canadian job experience counts in your favour. Check out our videos about the best jobs in Canada!
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