What If I Don’t Qualify for a Visa?

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This is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of We were asked the following question. What if I don’t qualify for a visa, but I want to immigrate? What do I do?

Qualifying for a Visa

Well, unfortunately, sometimes this does happen where we do an assessment, and we meet with the client or speak to them over the phone. And at the moment there just is not an available visa for them, and we can’t help them at the moment.

Taking Steps to Improve Your Visa Qualification

However, there is hope. Essentially, what we tend to do, is provide them with what we call an immigration plan. That’s a step-by-step guide, as to what steps they could take, to put them in a better position to ultimately qualify for a visa. Now sometimes this involves upgrading your education, improving your English, some other things as well.

But in most cases, if an applicant or a prospective applicant wants to come, they have to be motivated and they have to take their necessary steps to get there. And so, it will cause some delay and a bit of patience. But at the end of the day, we’ve seen many cases where an individual may not qualify right away, but ultimately will succeed in coming to Canada or
the United States. So, don’t lose hope.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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