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4 Common Canadian Visitor Visa Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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Do you need to apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa? Filling out your application form is a typically straightforward process, as long as you take your time and ensure you provide all the correct information.

However, making errors on your application form is actually more common than you think, and could lead to your visa application being disqualified.

We’ve put together four of the most common Visitor Visa mistakes, so you can avoid them:

1. Incomplete application forms

It’s important to be extra diligent when filling out your Visitor Visa Canada application form, as leaving certain areas blank is the most common mistake you can make as an applicant. If you’re unsure of any section, always find out how to answer, rather than guessing or leaving it blank.

Sign all the areas required of you – missing out just one signature could disqualify your visa application. An example of this would be on the Additional Family Information form, which can actually require three signatures on one page.

Immigration Canada also advises to never sign in the wrong place: “Another example is the (Generic??) form that has a section that requires signatures only if a translator was used.  If there was no translator used and you mistakenly sign in this spot, your application will be sent back to you at some point in the future.

Motto of the story? Be sure to triple-check all the areas in your forms, and only sign where a signature is required.

2. Misrepresentation or incorrect information

Always be honest when providing information and supporting documents for your visitor visa application. Submitting any forged document will result in visa rejection. It is advisable not to provide incorrect information on the application forms. Lying or providing forged documents will only diminish the credibility of your application and it could be refused for misrepresentation.

3. Not enough proof of ties to your home country

You must be able to provide documentary evidence of financial and social ties to your home country, otherwise the officer may come to the conclusion that you may not return at the end of your stay. Evidence of your permanent employment, or activities in social groups will help to give the visa office the impression that you are a genuine visitor.

4. Using an unauthorized representative

In order to give yourself the best chance of success, you may choose to hire a representative to help with your application. If these are paid services, the representative must be authorized by the government. Unfortunately, there are many fraudulent companies that will overcharge you for what they claim is a “guaranteed” visa.

According to CIC News, if you’re looking for a representative, do not hesitate to ask for their professional credentials. An immigration lawyer must be registered with the law society in their province of residence and an immigration consultant by the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulation Council).”

Interested in Applying for a Canadian Visitor Visa?

With Canadian visitor visa applications, there is actually a higher risk of refusal in cases where the application is not properly prepared. The standards are very high. As such, you should hire an immigration lawyer to help you with the process. At Visaplace, we have helped thousands of people immigrate to Canada to visit, work or study and we can help you too.

All you have to do is fill out our FREE immigration assessment form here and we’ll get back to you (within 24 hours) to discuss your eligibility and options.

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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

5 thoughts on “4 Common Canadian Visitor Visa Mistakes and How to Fix Them

  1. Natasha shaikh

    Hey ,
    I want to apply for Canada’s visit visa from Pakistan . I am 30 years old female . I am single and I have a job full time job in Pakistan. i live with my parents . I have American visit visa valid for 5 years and I have travelled to America in 2015 . My purpose to visit is Canada is just to explore and visit new country . Do u think i will be successful in getting Canada’s visit visa

    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Natasha,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! We would love to help build your case and get you the best possible visa for you to visit Canada. We have helped thousands of clients in a similar situation as yours, and we may be able to help you! Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

  2. Ahsan

    i have apply canada visit visa im from pakistan and i travel usa also i have usa visit visa for 5 years and i come back from usa at the end of my stay too my country my all travel history very good soo i apply for canada visit visa and they visa officer refuse me with this discission ( that he is not satisfied from me that i will come back after my stay ) only on factor reason he given me ( purpose of visit) and in other reason he given ( ties in my home country ) so i have sended all my property papers bank statement and my children school leave documents i have apply with my family with three kids so kindly now i want too reapply so i want ur advise wht too do further thanks

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ahsan. A visitor visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that you will return home after your visit. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face the same problem as you. If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  3. Helen Ankrah

    What is the cost of employing the help of an immigration lawyer in your firm?


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