Immigration to Canada usually turns out to be the best decision, and the benefits and advantages may also prove to be so but only if you are aware of all the norms and regulations. When applying for immigration, it is important you understand all the requirements and eligibility criteria to make it a smooth and successful process.
For example, Express Entry is one of the most highly sought after scheme for hopeful immigrants. It is an application management system through which Immigrants, Refugees and Citizenship Canada manage the applications, by first issuing an application to the immigrants to apply before submission is allowed. This has greatly helped in minimising the processing time and the officials are committed to process applications within a period of 6 months. While this has greatly fast-tracked the processing system, numerous rejections and denials also came to light upon studying the effectiveness of the system. The main reasons for the denials were incomplete applications.
Before the introduction of the Express Entry rejected applicants had the chance to reapply, but with the Express Entry, the guarantee for resubmission is not so sure. Thus, the onus of ensuring the application is complete and meet the desired norms lies completely on the applicant.
If you are a prospective candidate, it’s important to ensure you do not make any mistakes. Here are the top and most common reasons that lead to rejection or denial of the application:
1. Police certification
A change in the police certification requirement is the top reason for most rejected applications. Initially, an applicant had to provide certification from all the countries that they had lived in for more than 6 months, consecutively, since the age of 18. However, in the present system, an applicant must provide police certification from all the places that they have lived in for a period longer than 6 months at a time.
2. Police certification within 60 days
Continuing with the first reason, the applicants must obtain their police certification within 60 days. In case you are unable to receive the certification from a particular country, within 60 days, you must be able to show proof of police certification request made to that particular country. Failure to show proof will lead to rejection.
3. MyCIC Accounts
The MyCIC account needs constant monitoring to ensure no deadlines are missed. The officials may request an additional document/ form to be submitted within 7 days and not monitoring your account may lead to failure of doing so, hence rejection.
4. The correct documentation
It is essential to ensure that all the right documentation has been uploaded and all the required documents. Always double check to avoid any mistakes.
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In the case of rejections on health grounds, Canada’s immigration department takes all the necessary measures to make sure every applicant is given the best possible chance. Contrary to certain reports that Canada has been rejecting applicants with disabilities, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen is quoted as saying, “ no one is automatically denied permanent residency based on the fact that they have a disability. He says the government is currently conducting a review of measures surrounding excessive demand and medical inadmissibility.”
“We are consulting with provinces, because as you know, health care a provincial jurisdiction,” Hussen said. “ We are doing what we can to find out from the provinces how to move forward from this.”
Honourable Hussen said there was no timeline on when this process might be finalised, or when families may see change, but said the ministry is considering the options carefully and looking very closely at the issue.
A Somali immigrant himself, Ahmed Hussen is the Member of Parliament for the riding of York South-Weston. A lawyer and social activist, he has a proven track record of leadership and community empowerment. Ahmed is fluent in English, Somali, and Swahili, and earned his Bachelor of Arts (History) from York University and his Law Degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2004, the Toronto Star recognised him as one of ten individuals in Toronto to have made substantial contributions to his community.