Applying for the Canadian PR can be a daunting task. A lot of simple and silly errors can lead to your PR application being returned, rejected, or cause unnecessary delays.  This not only causes frustration but also lost time and money. So here are the top 10 mistakes you can avoid while applying for your PR and avoid the agony

  1. Not Signing the Application Forms: This mistake happens often when the applicant misses out on any signature. E.g. Some forms such as Additional Family information may require as many as 3 signatures on a single page. Even if 1 signature is missed, the file may be returned to rectify. Another common mistake is to sign where it was not required. E.g. you may have signed for a section for which you need to sign only if you used a translator. If no translator was used, the file may be sent back. Hence it is very important to only sign wherever required.
  2. Work experience description & duties do not match those of the NOC code. You will be shown in error in the message section when the duties of the job experience do not match with the associated NOC code. You can have a title that is different than the one mentioned for the NOC but the duties and description for the NOC should be the same as the one mentioned within the Employment reference letter. You can get more information for the NOC at this link and find the template for the employment reference letter here
  3. Paying the Fee Incorrectly: Different immigration programs require different methods for making the payment. Payment options may rely on many factors such as where will you be paying from and what is amount you will be paying. You can make a payment online, via bank draft, certified cheque, or money order. Please visit this link for more details. Always be sure to pay the correct amount as provided by CIC. Incorrect fee payment might delay your application.
  4. Incorrect Size Photo: Express Entry application requires photographs of a specific size. You can review the photograph sizes at this link. Failure to send the correct size photograph might result in an error and you might be required to submit the photo again.
  5. Providing Misinformation/Not Explaining Missing Information: Providing incorrect information is a serious offense according to Canadian Immigration law. The decision on an applicant’s file is made based on the data provided by the applicant. The negative consequence of providing incorrect information includes rejection of the application as well as exclusion from Canada for at least 2 years. If there is information, requested by CIC, which is missing, you must provide an accurate reason for the missing information and by when can you provide it. 
  6. Additional Forms for Certain Countries: Users from certain countries are required to provide additional forms, in addition to the standard forms required by everyone else. For example, a residency questionnaire is required by people residing in Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates. Education and Work Experience questionnaire is also required to be filled by people residing in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  7. Not uploading Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). There are times when IRCC might not ask for the ECA. If you have got Express Entry points for education, then you must upload ECA, your degrees, and/or academic transcripts. 
  8. Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) missing. If you left your home country for more than 6 months since the age of 18 then you will most likely have to upload at least one police clearance certificate. Check the police certificate section here to understand what you need. You need to provide police certificates for all your family members, spouse, and children of 18 years or older.
  9. Not having a few words explicitly written (Permanent, Full time, Non-seasonal) on job offers. The employment reference letter needs to be exactly as per the format that CIC expects. You can find the template for the employment reference letter here.
  10. Illegible Handwriting on handwritten immigration Application Forms: Application forms can either be completed by hand or digitally using a computer. Generally, Adobe Reader is used to filling forms online. It is up to the user to choose how they want to fill the form. It is usually advised to fill the form on the computer.  If users fill the form manually, there is a chance it may not be legible to the reviewing officer. As a result, the officer might return the file to the user asking for clarification for the illegible fields.

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