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5 Reasons Canadian Express Entry Applications are Denied

The Express Entry program is a fast and popular way for immigrants to immigrate to Canada. This year, the Canadian government aims to welcome 266,210 permanent residents through this pathway. The following are the 5 most common reasons we see for Express Entry applications to be denied.

#1. Misrepresentation

Misrepresentation occurs when you make a false or misleading statement of fact in your Express Entry Application.

Misrepresentation is a serious immigration offense that can lead to your Express Entry application being refused and you being barred from applying for Canadian immigration for several years. It’s crucial, to be honest about all details of your application, including your career history and any medical or criminality issues that you, or anyone accompanying you on your application, have had. To avoid cases of misrepresentation, make sure that you are thorough and attentive when filling out your application in order to avoid them.

#2. Inability to Provide Proof of Funds

If you are applying for the Express Entry program under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program, you will need to show proof of funds. If you are applying under the Canadian Experience Class or you have a valid job offer, then you do not need to show proof of funds.

You will need to submit proof of funds to support your family. The amount of funds you need depends on the size of your family. You should show that you have enough money to support yourself and your spouse or partner, as well as dependent children if applicable. This applies even if they are Canadian PR or citizens or if they are not coming to Canada with you.

#3. Medical Inadmissibility

Medical issues can also lead to inadmissibility in Canada. If you fail the Canadian immigration medical exam, you might not be allowed into Canada. Certain conditions that could be considered a risk to public health or safety could make you ineligible for immigration.

If you have medical issues that may prevent you from immigrating to Canada, Canadian immigration authorities will provide you with a notice about your inadmissibility. You will have 60 days to respond by sending back a response form and then can appeal the decision. If you’re worried about medical inadmissibility and would like help with applying for Express Entry with medical concerns, contact us today!

#4. Criminal Record

Many people are inadmissible to Canada because of past criminal records. Canada does not classify crimes as misdemeanors and felonies, so even some seemingly minor convictions may make a person inadmissible.

One of the most common reasons to be deemed inadmissible is a conviction for impaired driving. If you have been convicted of a criminal offense, you may face difficulty in immigrating or traveling to Canada. Luckily, there are steps you can take to overcome this obstacle. One advantage of hiring a Canadian immigration lawyer is that they can help you navigate the complicated process of overcoming inadmissibility.

#5. Not Hiring a Registered Immigration Firm

Unfortunately, there are a lot of fraudsters who claim to be Canadian immigration representatives. These scammers prey on disheartened job seekers by assuring them of job offers and visas. These scams can have many negative outcomes and typically scam the applicant out of their money while not providing any means to obtain a job or visa that they were hoping to get.

If you choose to hire an immigration lawyer or representative, make sure they are authorized by the Canadian government and certified by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).

Canadian immigration lawyers are governed and regulated by provincial law societies. Since they are licensed to practice law and not consultants, they do not have a CICC number and are instead registered under the bar and province. If someone tells you that your immigration lawyer requires a CICC number, it may be an immigration fraud red flag.

How an immigration law firm can help you

If you are applying for the Canada immigration program, the Express Entry process may be difficult to navigate. What constitutes a serious health problem or a criminal conviction? Is all of your documentation adequate and meet the requirements? How can you avoid inadvertent mistakes that may end up as misrepresentations?

Seeking assistance from a reputable and experienced law firm is the simplest and safest way to minimize the chances of your Express Entry application being refused or delayed.

Interested in applying for Express Entry? Cougar Immigration can help! Get started by completing a free assessment today.
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