Preparing for your Immigration Interview Plus 25 Sample Questions

The immigration interview can be the most nerve-racking part of the application process.  It doesn’t have to be, though! Keep in mind that the interview process is designed to verify the information on your application and to test what you know about Canada. While passing the immigration interview is crucial to your success, try not to stress about it to much, and keep the following things in mind:

Bring all the necessary documents for the interview. Before you arrive for the interview, double check that you have all the paperwork that you were told to bring with you. Then, doublecheck the location of the interview and make sure to arrive at the place early.  You don’t want to rush or to be flustered. 

Good communication is important in during your interview. Listen to the questions carefully when when they are asked.  Ask the interviewer to repeat the questions if you don’t understand them, and make sure to speak clearly and confidently when you answer.

Make sure you are dressed appropriately and professionally for your interview.  You want to make a good impression!

Finally, in advance think about your answers to the questions that your interviewers might ask. Go over the information on your application and think about why you want to move to Canada, what you see as challenges, and what  you know about Canada.

The following questions can help you prepare, so that you feel confident going in to your interview.

  1. Why do you want to move to Canada?
  2. Have you used someone else’s help in preparing your application?
  3. What do you see as the biggest challenge of immigrating to Canada?
  4. What are your religious views?
  5. What would you do if you couldn’t find a job in Canada?
  6. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  7. Have you ever used any name besides your current name?
  8. Can you tell us about any overseas travel you might have undertaken?
  9. Tell me about yourself.
  10. Have you ever been treated for any serious mental or physical illness or any chronic disorder?
  11. Why did you want to leave your home country?
  12. Why did you decide to move to <city>?
  13. How confident are you in your English or French abilities (Speaking, reading, writing)?
  14. What is your source of income?
  15. Do you have any debt?
  16. What do you want to do in Canada and what is your goal there?
  17. What if your application is not approved?
  18. Please describe your typical working day.
  19. Are you married and do you have children?
  20. How many Canadian provinces can you name?
  21. Who is Canada’s current prime minister?
  22. Can you name some famous Canadians?
  23. How many Canadian cities can you name?
  24. What do you think is the cost of living in Canada?
  25. Do you have family or friends in Canada?
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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