Applying For PR in Canada? Here Are Some Handy Tips to Follow


Are you ready for Permanent Residence in Canada? Well, if yes, here are some tips to help you prepare your Canada PR application for submission to IRCC or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

These tips can be applied to every Canada PR application available, including Family Class programs, Provincial Nominee Programs, and Express Entry programs.

  • Find out which program(s) you are eligible for Canada has many programs for immigrants within the three main categories of economic, refugee & humanitarian, and family. Some programs are point-based, while others are not. Some programs work on a first-come, first-served basis, while others do not. Some programs need a sponsor, while others do not. Some programs are open on an ongoing basis, while others close.

Are you unsure which program is best for you? Are you thinking about more than one Canada permanent residence visa program? If so, which ones should you consider? Before you dive in, make sure you are clear on which path is best for you.

Hire an immigration consultation agency to receive help regarding which Canada PR route is best for your situation.

Although it might seem daunting, it is possible to complete Canada PR applications on your own with sufficient help. There are experienced, trusted Canadian immigration consultants who can answer all your questions and explain the process to you. If necessary, they can also represent you before the Canadian immigration authorities. So, choose wisely to fast-track the process.

  • Even if you are not asked for them, it is a good idea to gather documents ahead of time

During your Canada PR application, IRCC may ask you for certain documents. Some documents can take several months to get. Things can get delayed if you wait for them to ask for the documents.

Police background checks are one example. The country’s law enforcement agencies often issue these background checks within weeks or days with minimal fuss. Some countries take a while to complete background checks and may take months or even longer to issue documents. You might also consider work reference letters and civil status documents depending on your circumstances.

  • Follow the instructions strictly

Canada PR applications can be delayed or rejected for reasons other than ineligibility. This often happens when the applicant didn’t read the instructions, confirm an assumption, or address a concern. You can reduce this risk by reading the material carefully, checking the checklist, and in case of doubts, getting them clarified by a knowledgeable person who will be able to answer your questions correctly.

  • Mind the checklist

There is no one-size-fits-all checklist for Canadian immigration. IRCC will give you a checklist based on your particular circumstances and the immigration program that you are applying for during your Canada PR application.

The checklist provided is created keeping applicants like you in mind. IRCC expects that you provide all items listed. If you are unable to provide the items listed, IRCC may accept a letter explaining the reason (or supporting documents whenever possible).

  • There shouldn’t be gaps in your timeline

The IRCC might want to know about your travels, including where you went and why you traveled there. It may also be necessary to provide a detailed history of your employment and studies. Gaps in the timeline will likely be noticed and questioned. This could delay or hamper your Canada PR application. Make a timeline of your past 10 years and ensure there are no gaps. Although it can be tedious, it is possible to create such a detailed timeline. If you are unsure about the dates that you entered or left a country, check the stamps in the passport.

  • Any changes in circumstances should be reported to the IRCC

Have you had a new member join your family since you submitted your Canada PR application? This could be a spouse or a child. Are you allowing this person to travel with you to Canada? It is crucial to discuss this with IRCC.

Keep IRCC informed about any developments that may affect your application.

You can use the IRCC online form to notify IRCC about any changes in your situation.

  • Lying can lead to the cancellation of your application

Even a slight lie can be fatal. Lies can devastate your chances of settling in Canada, even if you don’t get caught immediately. Falsifying an immigration application is known as “misrepresentation”, and can lead to serious criminal penalties.

Let’s take, for instance, the Express Entry system. An Express Entry applicant who has provided false information to the Express Entry pool can be barred from re-entering that pool or from entering Canada for five years. Any person who lies on an immigration application can be subject to this five-year ban. It is crucial to give accurate and complete information right from the beginning.

The government can also revoke your permanent residence status if it is determined that you obtained it fraudulently.

  • Keep copies of all your documents

It is a good idea, regardless of whether they are in electronic or physical form, to keep copies of completed forms. You could take screenshots of each page of your profile to help you navigate the Express Entry process. Common-law/spousal sponsor applicants could make photocopies of any documents submitted to prove their relationship. You might need to refer back to an aspect of your application at any time. Therefore, it is highly advisable to keep photocopies of all documents in electronic as well as physical form. Remember, your scanner is your friend in this case.

  • Learn from others who too are applying for Canada PR

A lot of people apply for Canadian immigration, and all of them want Canada to be their permanent home. Build connections with them. You can communicate with other applicants and candidates by joining any good online forum to get advice and learn from people’s experiences.

Now that you know how to do things right when it comes to applying for PR in Canada, there is no reason why you should feel overwhelmed during the process.

October 13th, 2021

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