No aspect of modern life hasn’t been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has forestalled people’s plans, and few are as affected as those who were planning to immigrate to Canada. Due to the instability of current events, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website changes almost daily, leaving many prospective immigrants confused. 

However, that has not changed the basis of a good immigration application. Though the procedures and requirements may sometimes change, it is still possible to continue your application. To that end, our immigration consultants have constructed this guide to help with your application for residence in Canada.

The first step: a complete application

One of the most common ways applications can fail is because they’re incomplete. It can be because there’s a missing fee payment, a single missing signature on one of the forms, or even a missing document. That is why it is crucial to double-check your application before submitting it to the IRCC.

As a safety precaution from the COVID-19 pandemic, incomplete applications are not returned to applicants. If there is a deficiency in the application because of the pandemic, the applicant must specify which parts. That said, even the simplest mistake can cause an application to fail, so it is nevertheless crucial for an applicant to review their documents before turning them in. 

The second step: the burden of proof

There are several ways to be eligible for residence in or travel to Canada. Some of these are:

  • They are qualified to work
  • They are in a genuine relationship with a Canadian
  • They will leave by the end of their authorized stay

Whatever information they have that can prove their case should be indicated in the document. This could mean a job offer from a Canadian company, shared lease documents showing that you’ve lived with your Canadian partner, or a commitment tying you back to your home country. 

Whatever the case may be, the details must already be outlined for the immigration officer’s analysis. When assessing the reliability of a document as proof, the following are taken into consideration:

  • The source
  • The author’s interest in the outcome
  • The author’s legitimacy and expertise
  • The legitimacy of the document
  • Whether the document is dated and signed
  • Whether the document is original and not a copy
  • Whether the document was produced for the sole purpose of supporting the application
  • Whether better evidence could have been provided, and why it was not provided in the first place.

The basis for refusals

Contrary to popular belief, the acceptance rates for immigration programs are generally high so long as the requirements are met and the previous advice is taken to heart. Unfortunately, the reason for refusal or rejection of an application is not immediately disclosed. An applicant would have to apply and obtain the internal refusal reasons through a Federal Court or an Access to Information Act request. 

However, before challenging a refusal, an applicant must ensure that their applications are strong and include as much corroborating evidence as necessary. 

Immigration consultants advise those travelling to Canada for Compassionate Travel purposes not to fear the process.
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Final thoughts

The immigration process can be difficult and tedious, and even more so because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, it is not impossible to get through it successfully so long as you employ the correct approach in your application. With some elbow grease and the right immigration consultant, you could end up in Canada in no time at all.

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