A percentage of newcomers applying for permanent residency in Canada may need to attend an interview with the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support their application. The interview, often the final step in the application process, is an opportunity for the applicant to show he or she is eligible to get PR status in Canada. Please continue reading to learn why an interview might be needed and what to expect from the interview. We’ll also discuss the best practices to ensure your success with your IRCC appointment.

Why the IRCC Might Conduct Interviews?

Some applicants may get interview requests from the IRCC, especially when more verification is needed to support their PR or citizenship applications. Some of the verifications the IRCC needs may include personal histories, work experiences, language abilities, identity verifications, and their intent to pursue immigration in Canada.

For family sponsorship applications, the interviews may be conducted to verify the principal applicant and the dependent’s relationship or to confirm whether the common-law, spousal or conjugal relationships are genuine. Moreover, an interview may be requested when there is missing or incomplete information in the application. The interview request is always at the discretion of the IRCC officer.

Preparing for the Interview

If you get an interview request from the IRCC, check our best practices below. You can use these tips to increase your chances of getting approved for your permanent residency visa.

Review Your Application Including the Documents Attached
The IRCC officer may request an interview if he isn’t satisfied with your eligibility requirements, making it crucial for all applicants to thoroughly review their applications before submitting them. Better yet, get help from visa professionals to avoid mistakes and increase your chances of getting approved for a permanent residency visa.

Get a checklist of documents you need to obtain and ensure you have all of them. Please review your application multiple times before submitting it to ensure there are no mistakes. Remember, the IRCC officer may deny your applications if there are incomplete or missing documents. So if possible, include supporting documents as well. Submit as many documents as you can (at least those mentioned in the eligibility requirements, of course.) Also, consider having someone else go through them as well.

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