How to Avoid a Visa Refusal

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How to avoid a visa refusal; my name is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of Very often we’re asked, “How is it that we can avoid getting our visa refused?” Well, there are no guarantees, first of all, with any application for a visa, but there are ways to reduce your chances of getting a refusal, for sure.

Tips to Help You Avoid Visa Refusal

One of them is to have a properly prepared application. It sounds obvious, but to many people it’s not, and applications are sent in that are incomplete. Forms have to be filled out properly. The information has to be accurate. The fees have to be included, the government fees, and all the supporting documents.

What we do, is we also add submissions. Those are written statements about the client, about the circumstances of the case, and why the individual deserves to be approved for the visa, so that also helps. The other thing you should know is where to file the application, how long it will likely take, and what to do when the application is delayed, because sometimes that does happen. Often, also, the government may ask you additional questions after the application is filed, and you have to know how to deal with that. Finally, in some cases, you’ll have an interview. It’s a one-on-one, personal interview with an immigration officer or visa officer. You have to be able to know how to conduct yourself in an interview, what to say, what not to say.

How We May Help You Avoid Visa Refusal

It’s also extremely important never to misrepresent, at all, your circumstances, because that could cause you not just a refusal, but a bar from entering the country, and it can be considered a criminal offense. So, you have to be very, very careful in dealing with the authorities. So, those are just some high level tips on how to avoid a refusal. Do your homework, in advance, before you file. Thanks, and have a great day.

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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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