How to Fill in an Immigration Form


One major component of the immigration process is the paper work! Whether you immigrate to the United States or Canada, want to work, study, or visit, chances are there will be quite a bit of paperwork involved. For the best results, consult with a licensed immigration lawyer regarding any immigration application whether it is for Canada or the United States. Even a small mistake on your immigration paperwork can result in your application being delayed or denied. 

We’ve compiled our five best tips on how to fill out an immigration form:

Five tips for how to fill out an immigration form

1. Make sure each and every space on the immigration chart is filled out. If you leave anything blank, the immigration officer who is processing your case may think you have skipped something and deny your application. Write “not applicable” in the field so that they know you didn’t miss it.

2. Ensure you read and understand your application and the instructions. You will have specific requirements for what types of supporting documents you will need to include in your application, including photocopies of your passports, your birth certificate, your resume and academic transcripts. Some must be originals, some must be photocopies.

3. You may not be able to include all of the supporting documentation or information. If this happens to you, create a cover letter to go with your application that explains why this is missing. Otherwise, the immigration officer processing your application might just think you left something out, resulting in a denial or a delay.

4. Photocopy everything you send to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This includes any original documents, your immigration application and the courier slip if you send the application by courier. This way, you can prove you sent it if something happens.

5. Have an immigration lawyer review your application. This can be especially important if English or French is not your first language. A small mistake or missing piece of information could result in your application being denied or delayed, and we can make the difference!

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