Self Help : Canadian Immigration & Citizenship

Overview for a Successful Immigration Applicant to Canada

Let’s face it; no one really likes to interview. Normally, they are for jobs, sometimes even those that we’re not too keen on obtaining. When it comes to the immigration process, the opposite is actually true. Everyone wants to be approved when it comes to immigration, specifically Canada. While the immigration process may not be too out of the ordinary, the interview is the “make it or break it” point. Luckily, there are a plethora of people who waive the interview. Unfortunately, there are only a few people that are given that choice, those being people whose career choices and education have warranted them that right. That leaves quite a few people concerned about the interview, but there are some things to consider when the interview starts, as a few tips will genuinely improve the applicant’s disposition.

 What’s covered in the Interview?

 To feel better about the interview, a person will have to know some of the subjects that are routinely covered. Normally, it’s just standard things, such as reviewing the application and verifying all of the information. For instance, they’re particularly curious when it comes to education, training, and financial sense. In addition to this, the immigration officer will assess the linguistic skills of the applicant, judging whether they will be accurately able to homogenize into Canadian society. While it may sound a little nerve-wracking, it’s not nearly as bad as one would expect, it’s just a formality. Of course, that may not do too much for the jitters, but most of that is overcome with some self-confidence.

 The Professional Demeanor

 There’s only one first impression, and it’s imperative that one conducts this as a job interview. Wear something professional; be sure to be groomed and eager. Be sure to smile to everyone at the interview post, as this is a day that determines a substantial portion of your life, so being happy about it is understandable and expected. Also, being prompt is something that can’t be ignored, as immigration officers have a litany of things that are to be done on any given day. By respecting their time by arriving early, it shows that this is a very serious step in your life – not just a passing fancy.

 Preparation is Key

 Preparation is the definitely the largest thing here. There is nothing more awkward than a person who doesn’t have a natural sounding response to a question answered. Be sure that you have prepared for all inquiries. It’s also advisable to bring documentation to the interview, especially for those that they will have some questions about.  Fortunately, they don’t seem to ask any colorful questions, so the actual interview shouldn’t take too long, as it generally wraps up in well under an hour. But be sure that preparation is at the forefront, as rejection generally comes from a bad interview. If the applicant is prepared, there’s a dramatically increased chance that one will ace the interview.


While an interview can be a harrowing experience for some, possessing a professional demeanor and a little prior preparation generally goes a long way.


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