Immigrating to a new country is a life-changing opportunity. The reality is, though, that there is a lot of paperwork involved in the process. In most cases, when you immigrate to the United States or to Canada, you will have to fill out several immigration application forms and create an application package that includes the required supporting documents. This application package will then be reviewed by a visa officer, who will approve or deny it.
Every day, applications are denied for reasons that are completely avoidable. They may be incomplete, or difficult for the visa officer to understand. Don’t let this happen to you!
How to fill out immigration forms properly
Tip 1: Create a short cover letter to accompany your application package if you are unable to obtain or include one of the supporting documents you are required to submit with your application. Use this cover letter to explain the situation. It does happen, but you don’t want the immigration officer to think you forgot something.
Tip 2: When you come across a field in an immigration application form that does not apply to you or you cannot answer, write “not applicable” in the space so that you do not leave it blank. If left blank, the immigration officer may think you missed something.
Tip 3: Make photocopies of your application before you submit it. If you choose to submit it via courier, make photocopies of your courier slip.
Tip 4: Follow all of the instructions closely and to the best of your abilities. For example, if the instructions say to print clearly using blue or black ink, make sure you do so.
Tip 5: Discuss your application package with an immigration lawyer before you finally submit it. This can mean the difference between your application’s refusal or denial, as they will be able to ensure nothing is missing, that you haven’t made mistakes and that it is ready for an immigration officer to see.
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