Coming to Canada – what you need to know about Canadian immigration

Government approval is required by anyone wishing to lawfully enter Canada.

Canadian immigration reflects a liberal attitude towards the entry of foreigners. Each year, Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of people as visitors, students, workers, and permanent residents.

Despite Canada’s generous intake of temporary and permanent entrants each year, thousands of applicants are rejected (often permanently) or delayed sometimes for years. Frequently, applicants meet all of the requirements to enter Canada, but experience rejection or delay because their applications were completed improperly. Unfortunately, failed applicants often do not realize, or are not told that there are appeal mechanisms or other recourses open to them that may remedy their unsuccessful attempts to enter Canada.

It is essential to try to avoid entering the application backlog. There are currently over one million applications for Canadian immigration waiting to be processed. This backlog will take years to get through.

Canadian immigration laws, regulations and policies are complex. People often make crucial mistakes while attempting to navigate through the Canadian immigration system. In addition, the immigration and visa officers who assess immigration applications have wide discretionary powers to determine which applications will succeed and which applications will fail. It is the applicant’s responsibility, or that of their representative, to convince the decision-maker that the application should succeed. This can be a very difficult task.

Canadian immigration officers scrutinize documentation thoroughly and conduct intrusive interviews. If they form an impression that an applicant is not credible or trustworthy, they will refuse to grant an applicant entry into Canada. It is for these reasons that skilled representation is vital.