Mistakes To Avoid When Applying To Immigrate To Canada


Applying to immigrate to Canada is not really difficult as people make it out to seem and why a lot of people are not really successful is because they lacked information or they didn’t follow the process very well.

Submitting your application without error can be achievable and we are going to show you certain mistakes people make in applying to immigrate to Canada. Our priority at Travels Gist is to make sure you have an hick free application from start to finish and actually get the invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. The Canadian government in a bid to continue quest for constant development has made an agenda to invite over a million immigrants into the country in the next 3years and you wouldn’t want to miss out on this opportunity because of some mistakes in your application.

Mistakes To Avoid When Applying To Immigrate To Canada

The Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid During the Canadian Immigration Application Process

  • Not Explore your immigration options

There are over 90 immigration programs in Canada and you should be able to know the best program that suits you. Knowing which program you are eligible for increases your chances of being successful in your application. In Canada, you can get to apply for programs based on your skill and expertise as the country is looking for skilled workers to help fill up shortages in labour and contribute to the growth of its economy.

You can go through the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) as this allows provinces in Canada to invite foreign skilled workers to come fill up job positions in the province. Here, you just need to have a skill in the occupations that are in-demand in that province. Canada has 13 provinces and 12 of them are currently in this program.

There are also some other programs like the Canadian Experience Class, Post Graduate Work Permit, Study permit and other work permits that allow you work in Canadian and gain experience which can help you apply for permanent residence in Canada.

The most popular of these programs is the Express Entry System which allows you to create and online profile with some criteria like your age, work experience, education and others where you will be put in an Entry pool with some other candidates and be given a score to be ranked in a ranking system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) where the candidate with the highest scores are selected to be given an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

All these programs have requirements that make you eligible for applying and increasing your success rate.

  • Not Filling your immigration forms accurately

You might be wondering how someone will not be able to fill the immigration forms easily and correctly, well it’s possible to make mistakes while filling the forms and this can knock you out of the race and quest for immigrating to Canada. These forms and long and complex and they need your undivided attention so you don’t make any mistake.


Every information you give in the immigration form needs to be accurate and detailed too. Remember the information you give has a way of boosting your success rate as it will determine your Comprehensive Ranking System score for the Express Entry System pool. So critically look at the immigration forms and fill the well to avoid errors.

Sometimes, there are information and requirements in the immigration forms that most people tend to see as less important and ignore them but this can lead to rejection of your application. Even if you don’t know the answer to the question asked, you can fill in “not applicable” than ignore the section. Also anywhere your signature and any other signature is required should be signed.

You can visit the Canadian government website to find the immigration documents for the immigration program you choose to apply for. Some countries have certain additional forms they will be required to fill so be sure to know if your country is among those countries. And mind you, you cannot use staplers, binders, folders etc. when submitting your application. 

  • Not Filling to your work experience for essential occupations and supporting it with  the appropriate documents

It is very important that you give full detail of your work experience especially if you are applying for a visa for foreign skilled workers. This information your present will give you an advantage and even improve your chances of success. Most potential immigrants to Canada are applying for the first time and for you to be among the successful ones, your skill, training and work experience is an important factor.

So in giving a comprehensive detail of your work experience in or outside Canada, you will have to fill in some details like:

  • Your official job title and position held
  • The dates of your employment
  • Your average hours per week
  • Your wages or salary
  • An outline of your duties
  • Translate all documents to English or French

Canada has English and French as an official language and for you to even be selected among the successful candidates; you must pass the language proficiency test in English and French. Also, the documents you submit should be in English or French and if English is not the official language in your country, an affidavit from the translator you used to translate the documents must be submitted with copies of the original documents.

  • Using an unregulated immigration consultant or agency

This is a problem many potential immigrants face when trying to apply for visa to Canada. You should be careful not to fall into the hands of fraudsters in the name of immigration consultants or agencies. You can actually run your application alone but to be sure you not to make mistakes and also for your application to be successful, you can consult a reliable immigration agency or firm that will help you in applying and processing your immigration and permanent residence in Canada.

A consultant that is regulated by the ICCRC will provide you will the right information on how to go about your application for immigration and Canadian visa.

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