Top Tips for a Strong and Successful Immigration Application
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Top Tips for a Strong and Successful Immigration Application

Margaret Cooley



Immigration Application

With the pandemic looming over, everything has shaken from healthcare to the economy. This has resulted in frequent changes in the policies in every country. Likewise, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) constant updates have left many in confusion. However, the principles behind what makes an immigration application strong have remained steady. Here, we are going to help with all the top tips to consider for a successful immigration application.

Preparing a complete application

Before you think of a strong application, always remember to submit a complete application. The Canadian immigration department returns the incomplete applications. Many factors describe an incomplete application, missing fee payment, missing signature, or missing document. An applicant is required to carefully review the applications to ensure that it contains all the requirements stated in the checklist as well as the online instructions and linked-to pages with it.

Preparing a strong application

While preparing a visa application, the applicant is required to prove that they meet the program criteria. It means that the applicant is responsible for offering sufficient evidence to convince the decision-maker that they will leave after the authorized stay, are eligible for a work permit, and are in a genuine relationship with a Canadian to name a few. An immigration officer makes a decision based on the information given in the application. Always remember, that they should not have to fill in the blanks or make the case for the applicant.


It is essential to support your application with corroborative evidence and it should be relevant. It is also required to be persuasive and convince the visa officer to make a positive decision. While you are attaching documents with your application, make sure you consider the following factors.

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  • the source of the document
  • the author has an interest in the outcome
  • the document is on letterhead with contact information
  • the document is dated and signed
  • the document is authentic
  • It was produced for the sole purpose of supporting the application
  • It comes from an expert

Extrinsic evidence

Certainly, it will be very difficult to anticipate every concern that a visa officer has. It’s not when a visa officer has a concern, one is required to exhibit a document. In this case, the officer has to abide by a legal obligation to put the concern to the applicant. Wherever the credibility of a document is questioned, the applicant will be allowed to respond.

Challenging rejections

Believe it or not, the approval rates are higher than the rejections and especially when one follows the above-mentioned tips. Due to various factors, an application gets rejected. Unfortunately, there is no specific process of refusal. We have mentioned in our previous blogs as well that IRCC does not provide for the refusal. Refused applicants can apply for internal refusal reasons through a federal court judicial review or access to Information Act request. There are no specific statistics available but the most common reason for rejection is officer didn’t consider a key document or proof that you have supported your application.



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