Application Rejected: Top 5 Reasons

Jennifer Roggemann, Immigration Lawyer with Jennifer Roggemann Law Office in Kitchener, explains The First Five Common Mistakes That Cause A Federal Skilled Worker Application To Be Rejected Or Returned After The Initial Assessment At Centralized Intake Office, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

1. Not mentioning a valid visa office on the application is the no.1 mistake. For example, if you are from California in the United States and are applying for the Federal Skilled Worker program, you need to indicate that your application must go to the Buffalo visa office. The correct visa office has to be specified. This mistake will cause your application to be rejected, which is different from simply having an application returned. When you apply again, you will have to go through the procedure of explaining why your first application was rejected, which will further delay your application.

2. The second most common mistake is not sending the correct fees. If the fee is not correct, the CIO will return the application for incomplete application under Reg.10.

3. Schedule 1 under the Federal Skilled Work Application is often not completed correctly. Some applicants do not put Schedule 1 of their spouses or all of their dependents over 22 years of age. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, people can be claimed as dependents under the age of 22. These people need to complete Schedule 1, along with the principal applicant, whether they are coming with the individual at the same time or not.

4. Some people do not include everybody on the application that they are supposed to include. For example, you must include any stepchildren, whether you formerly adopted them or not, or children of your spouse or common law spouse, especially when those children are in the custody of another party.

5. People sometimes do not want to disclose their complete residence history. For example, a person may be born in Columbia but goes to the United States and becomes a Green Card holder. The person must disclose his or her country of birth and also that he or she is a Green Card holder in the United States.

The responsibility is in the hands of the applicant. The immigration officers will not sent notes to ask for missing information or signatures or to remind you of deadlines. Currently, the refusal or return rate at the CIO is approximately 35% to 40% and those people, whose files have been rejected, will have lost their processing fee. It’s now more important than ever to get an experienced immigration lawyer to help ensure that your application is error free and has the best chance of being accepted.

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If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with immigration law issues in the Kitchener, Ontario Region, contact Jennifer Roggemann Law Office for a consultation.


This information is taken from an interview from May 18, 2010 interview with Jennifer Roggemann, Immigration Lawyer with Jennifer Roggemann Law Office, a Kitchener Ontario Canada Immigration Law Firm. This article is provided as an information service only and should not be used as legal advice. Laws vary by jurisdiction so please consult with an appropriate legal professional if you are looking for help with a specific situation.