Improving the Chances of Your Temporary Resident Visa Application Being Approved

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Applying for a visa to travel to Canada can seem like a daunting process if you’re not familiar with it.

It can also be quite time-consuming and a bit confusing because the rules governing immigration tend to change rather quickly. It is important to stay up to date and in many cases, it is advisable to hire an experienced representative to assist you with your application.

However, if you choose to make the application without a representative, this article offers some advice that will improve your chances of success when applying for a Temporary Resident Visa.

  • Get all your documents and other requirements in order

    Every application for a Temporary Resident Visa from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) comes with checklist of documents. It is of utmost importance to remember that all the documents in that list are mandatory. Furthermore, additional evidence beyond the documents listed on that checklist will be required.

    Never lose sight of the fact that the responsibility to prove that you are a temporary visitor to Canada lies squarely on you. It is imperative that you convince the immigration officer that you only plan to stay for a while. By themselves, the documents in the checklist are not sufficient to achieve this.

  • Be clear on what the visa is for

    It is common knowledge that some countries are visa-exempt and require an ETA in place of the visa. The reason for this is that the IRCC is of the view that people from certain countries are more likely to not leave Canada after the validity period of their visa elapses.

    With respect to your application for a Temporary Resident Visa Canada, this is essential because the immigration officer has to be convinced that once your authorized time in Canada comes to a close, you will leave.

    In addition to that, the visa officer needs to determine that you will be able to sustain yourself financially in Canada without working unauthorized or getting access to social assistance services. You therefore need to be prepared for a financial test.

    Again, you need to carefully review all the documents on the checklist mentioned earlier and ask yourself whether or not you

    1. Can support yourself and any traveling family members financially for your entire stay in Canada. That means you should demonstrate that you’re able to pay for your flight to and fro, housing, food, emergency medical insurance, etc.

    2. Have strong ties to your country of origin and that your stay is indeed temporary.

    In nearly every case, the documents in the checklist provided will not be enough to prove this, meaning you will need to attach additional evidence.

  • Seeking advice from consultants

    A number of people who have made applications for the Temporary Resident Visa to Canada have found that their chances of being successful were greatly improved by seeking the assistance of consultants familiar with the entire process.

    When seeking these services, ensure that the consultant has a license from the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

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