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5 Mistakes to Avoid on Immigration Applications

With so many different immigration programs available for each country, it can be hard to make sure you fulfil the relevant program's unique set of criteria. The consequences of having a mistake in your application can vary from only having a minor time delay, to completely ruining your chances of ever gaining residency. Here are the top five mistakes to avoid:

1. Inconsistent Personal History

On most applications you have to provide a thorough history of your travel, employment and education. Take care not to leave any gaps whatsoever, you should even include short holidays in the travel section.

2. Language Skills

Having a good understanding of your destinations language defiantly an advantage when it comes to applying for residency. If you are applying for a visa to an English speaking country, having English as a first language is obviously beneficial. You should always try to make sure you communicate how you exceed their language requirements in your application.

3. Including Ineligible Dependents

In nearly all instances only spouses, common law partners and children (either biological or legally adopted) are eligible as dependents. Many applicants include other family members, such as parents or siblings, on their forms and this can slow down the process considerably.

4. Ineffective Employment Letters

For many programs the applicant must prove their work experience and skill set by way of employment letters from current and/or previous employers. The letters will need to include the following to be recognised as proof: the position held, hours, salary and a description of the duties performed. The letters also have to be on a company letter head, be signed, and provide the employers contact information. Be sure to carefully check each letter before including it on your application.

5. Beware of Unauthorized Representatives

With so much at stake it is not surprising that a lot of applicants consult a representative to help with the visa application. There are different rules around this which vary country to country. If possible find a lawyer or a consultant authorized by the government in order for them to work on an application. Unfortunately there are fraudulent firms and individuals who claim to offer a “guaranteed” visa but are not accountable to a professional order or government and therefore should not be trusted.