If your visa application has been rejected, you are probably feeling a mix of emotions that include anger, frustration, and anxiety. Understanding why visa applications are refused can go a long way toward easing your mind and helping you create a plan to be successful in the future, either with an appeal or a new application. With this in mind, here are a few common reasons for visa rejections.
Filling out paperwork – especially a lot of paperwork – can make anyone’s eyes glaze over. If your visa application contained even a small mistake, it can raise a red flag for immigration officials. Your application may have been rejected due to an inaccuracy in information or even an accidental omission. The good news is you can easily correct these mistakes. It is very important to remember, however, that you must be completely honest when submitting an application, as misrepresentation can result in being barred from applying for a visa for five years.
In some cases, individuals are rejected due to health conditions. If immigration officials believe a person’s health concerns will be burdensome to Canada, they have authority to reject a visa application. This is especially true for health conditions that are contagious or demand a high level of medical care.
Visa applicants with a criminal record in their home country or a record of an activity that is considered a criminal offence in Canada may receive a rejection. For example, a drinking and driving conviction may prevent you from entering Canada on a visa.
In some situations, it is possible to show you have been rehabilitated. This is a special process that requires proof of specific records. If you want to show you have been rehabilitated, it is important to work with a Canadian immigration lawyer with experience in this area of immigration law.
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