Top 5 Tips for Getting a US or Canadian Visa

By Michael Niren May 20, 2015 2 min. read

(Below is a transcription of this video)

So, you want to get a visa for Canada or United States. You want to work, perhaps want to study, or move there permanently? Hi, My name is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of I’m going to outline for you the top five tips to hopefully maximize your chance of getting approved. So, let’s go right into it.

Do Your Homework

Number one, do your homework. You live in the age of the internet, so take advantage of it. Of course, there can be information overload. You have to be careful of what you read online. But, it’s a good start. So, do your homework. Learn about the various options what you want to do and, invariably, you’ll likely able to find some information to educate yourself.

Seek Advice from a Professional Immigration Lawyer

Number two, get advice. After learning about what your options are, you should seek out credible advice. Find someone who can help you, guide you, and then have a consultation with that person. Typically should be a professional, a legal licensed professional, who knows and who specializes in the type of visa that you need.

Be Proactive

The other thing is when the case is started, be proactive. Don’t just give away your case to the professional, the lawyer, and sit back. You have to be involved in the process. It’s essential. Remember this is your visa, not theirs. So, ask questions. Ask for updates. Learn as you go. The more you know, the more power you have.

Know the Alternatives

Now, also know the alternatives. It is possible that your case will be refused. Sometimes that happens. And, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. The end is not always a refusal, there’s alternatives. So, just because one visa doesn’t work out, doesn’t mean another visa won’t work out. So, you have to know what your alternatives are. There are many roads to success.

Have Patience

And, lastly, have patience. Many times the visa applications that you file could take months, sometimes years, depending upon the kind of case it is. So, you have to know what are the timelines, what are the estimated processing times, and then tack on a few months as well because we’re dealing with the government. And, as you know, things often don’t happen when they’re supposed to happen. So, you’re going to have some patience when dealing with this and you should plan accordingly.

So, hopefully these tips have given you some assistance in terms of your desire to move to Canada or the United States. Thank you. I’m Michael Niren and have a great day. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and click like, if you’ll like it. Thanks.

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