Preparing For Your Canadian Immigration Interview

The immigration interview can be the most difficult 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 request and to test what you know about Canada. While passing the immigration interview is crucial to your success, try not to stress about it too 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, double check 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 essential in during your interview. Listen to the questions carefully 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 for a common immigration interview so that you feel confident going into it:

  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 severe 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?

If you are preparing for a spousal sponsorship interview, they may ask you questions such as:

  • When, where and how did you meet your spouse?
  • What is your spouse’s salary?
  • When did you get married?
  • Did you have a wedding or ceremony?
  • Where was the wedding held?
  • Do you have relatives in Canada? If so, where?
  • Do you share a bank account? If so, which bank?
  • Have you been on any trips together?
  • How many siblings does your spouse have? What are their names?

Make sure you are honest and clear. If you are found to have submitted incorrect information or fraudulent paperwork by the visa official, you may be considered inadmissible to Canada. This may be the result even if you submitted the information by mistake so make sure all information you provide is accurate. Answer questions correctly; as it is in your current application. Hire an immigration lawyer to guide you and ensure you don’t make any mistake in your application.

Here are some interview questions they may ask you if you are preparing for a Canadian student/tourist visa interview:

  • Have you been to Canada before?
  • Why do you want to study in Canada?
  • What university will you be attending? Why?
  • For which course are you going?
  • Why did you choose this course?
  • Which other universities did you apply to?
  • How do you plan on funding your education?
  • Where do you plan to stay while studying?

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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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