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5 Common Immigration Mistakes to Avoid

immigration mistakes to avoid

Canada is one of the most welcoming countries in the world and has over 60 immigration programs each inviting different sets of candidates with varied criteria. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been making efforts on adding up new programs aiming to make its immigration intake even more robust in upcoming months.

Every year more than 3,000,00 people immigrate to Canada, either for better education or job opportunities, or quality life. Many immigration applications get refused due to common mistakes in the application. One must need to be very cautious while filling up the application to see your future in Canada and avoid rejection.

Common Immigration Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Inconsistency in Personal History
    While applying for PR, temporary permits, or work permits, you require to list your travel history, employment history, and personal history. There should not be any gap in this history. Unexplained periods of time even if it’s as short as a week, lead to rejection of your application.
    How to Avoid: While you mention travel history, make sure to include your short vacations too. Under personal history, you should also include the period when you were unemployed. The candidate must check carefully on dates before submitting the application.
  2. Language Test Scores are insufficient
    Canadian Permanent Residence programs require proof of proficiency in either English or French. Language proficiency is determined by the Canadian Level Benchmark system. Candidates must meet the minimum CLB Levels in all language abilities under reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
    Different standardized tests are accepted depending on the immigration program. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one such test accepted for proof of English Proficiency for the Federal Skilled Program. A score of 6.0 in each language will allow you to be eligible for the program.
    How to Avoid: Check the language test eligibility score for your specific program. Make sure to meet or exceed the minimum requirement in language ability.
  3. Listing ineligible dependents
    Every immigration program has certain eligibility criteria. Similarly, while you apply for PR, there are eligibility criteria that states who can be listed as dependents. Dependents – Spouses, common-law partners, children can only be listed on your application. However, applicants misunderstand this and end up listing their parents and siblings as dependents.
    How to Avoid: Check the eligibility criteria for dependents and list accordingly.
  4. Deadline matter
    IRCC gets thousands of applications to process and will have a tight deadline. The candidate must have to take care of the timeline and deadlines depending on the applied visa program. The immigration process might take a few months from the time of the initial submission of your application till you get the final confirmation email. So, plan your immigration journey and take care of the timeline for better planning.
    How to avoid: Make sure to be ready with requested biometrics, financial proof, medicals, personal information, etc. Set up a reminder for a week in advance to ensure that you do not miss the deadline.
  5. Misrepresentation
    This could be a serious offense under immigration law. Misrepresentation could lead to the rejection of your application. You might also be banned from applying for Canadian Immigration for several years.
    How to avoid: Make sure to provide authentic information in your application. You must provide proper proof of your career history, medical or criminality issues, or the details of anyone who is accompanying you.


Planning to come to Canada, either as a visitor, worker, student, or PR could be a life-changing opportunity. Hence it is very important to complete your application carefully. With the proper guidance of an immigration consultant, you can carefully plan and make your dream come true.

common immigration mistakes to avoid