September 21, 2022
Many people from all over the world aim to Canada to immigrate, to study or to work. However, lots of them do not make it to the final selection process.
Yumi Ueda, a professional in the Canadian immigration field for nearly 20 years, shares her observations on what to avoid increasing your chances of success to Canada.
Most visa and immigration processes do not happen overnight. It takes years of planning and preparation. Some people contact us long before applying for their visa, asking about what course of study they should take in school or what kind of job they should get.
The youngest we have ever given a consultation was an 18-year-old student who asked about her choice of studies.
On the other hand, some clients ask us for help just before their visa expires. Some come after they are retired or after graduating from a school not conducive to the next step in their pursuit of Permanent Residence.
The later you start preparing your plan, the more difficult it will be to switch.
If you consider adding age points to your Permanent Residence application, starting planning as early as possible is advantageous. You could increase your age points when you are young. However, many people start thinking about moving to Canada after their child starts going to school. At that time, an applicant has less or no additional points on age.
As soon as you decide to live and work in Canada, make sure you have a clear strategy to secure a visa and plan your path ahead of time. Then, be smart and have an efficient plan without wasting your time.
Proof of language proficiency in English or French is required for many immigration programs. You will be tested in four areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Since language skills do not develop overnight, it is essential to start studying specifically for the test with a clear target score as soon as possible!
Don’t postpone studying for the English exam until just before you apply for Permanent Residence. Plan your study method as early as possible and practice it.
There is a limit of space on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) application forms. If you provide a supplemental explanation in a Word document for information that does not fit the application form, you may increase the success rate.
Some applicants have refused their applications because they did not provide sufficient explanations.
Here are some examples of supplementary explanations that Yumi recommends.
Include additional information beyond what is asked on the application form so that the immigration officer will have an impression that the information is consistent, transparent, and honest.
Suppose you need a Work Permit because you will be working in Canada. However, if you repeatedly enter Canada as a tourist, this may naturally raise suspicions.
You should apply for a proper permit according to the purpose of your visit to Canada.
Visa and immigration application documents are numerous and complex. Attention must be paid to every detail to avoid mistakes such as forgetting required information and documents or missing deadlines. The collection of documents requires the ability to organize the paperwork thoroughly and detailed attention to deadlines and rules. Simple errors or omissions in the documentation can delay the application process.
Providing accurate information and documentation is crucial because your future in Canada is at stake.
You must write something in each section of the application form, and if a question is not applicable, write “not applicable” or “N/A.”
Sometimes you may have to sign on a single application form more than once. For example, the ‘Additional Family Information’ form requires up to three signatures.
You must ensure that the proof of employment and police certification follow the IRCC regulations.
Some people give up after one refusal and never try again but complain. Most of our YuPass Canada’s clients are approved on the first try. A small number of them may be approved on their next try after taking necessary action and fixing some issues.
One client has been refused his applications twice when working with other consultant, but his application got approved when we assisted him.
Even if one method does not work, another may work. For example, even if the wife’s application was unsuccessful, it was approved by switching the husband to the principal applicant.
Doors are open for those who don’t get discouraged when they hit a wall but change their minds quickly and try again with flexibility.
We sometimes receive inquiries from clients who have applied on their own, but the process has been very slow, or who have been asked to provide additional documents. In many cases, we followed up with the appropriate authorities and assisted in the final push to get the applications approved.
If you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer help yourself, don’t hesitate to get in touch with YuPass Canada.
Some of the characteristics of a successful clients are;
I feel that people with this mindset tend to be successful, not limited to Canadian visas and immigration.
The Canadian visa and immigration application process require early and thorough preparation, trust between clients and us who help them, and a positive attitude from both sides.
Please keep these points in mind to increase your success rate.
Yumi Ueda, LLB 【Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant】
埼玉県出身。法学部卒業。2003年カナダに移住。ブリティッシュコロンビア大学（UBC）移民法プログラム修了。カナダの様々な移民コンサルタント・弁護士事務所にて勤務。2007年より、大手法律事務所・Davis LLP(2015年よりDLA Piper LLPに統合）に勤務。2009年、カナダ政府公認移民コンサルンタントの国家試験に合格。2016年に移民コンサルタント事務所、YuPass Canada Immigration Inc.を設立。これまでに個人・企業を含め、世界28か国1,000人以上のビザ取得をサポート。Canadian Association Of Professional Immigration Consultants会員。
Originally from Saitama, Japan and immigrated to Canada in 2003. Graduated from the Immigration Practitioner program at University of British Columbia in 2005. Worked at an immigration division of Davis LLP (integrated to the world’s largest law firm DLA Piper) from 2007 to 2016. In 2009, passed the national exam of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Established YuPass Canada Immigration Inc. in 2016. Has experience with assisting over 1,000 customers from 28 countries. Member of Canadian Association Of Professional Immigration Consultants.