If your itinerary goes like ‘Go to Canada to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’, then you’re on the right page! Haha. A lot of us are dreaming of going to Canada and seeing this modern country that’s tucked in the wilderness. Who wouldn’t want to see the Niagara Falls and the Banff National Park?? Okay fine, let’s all dream a little more and admit that we want to see their handsome and charismatic Prime Minister too! Haha.
For this post, I’ll give you tips on how you can get more chances of visa approval which will lead you a step closer to that dream ♡
1) DO YOUR RESEARCH
Everything now is just one click away. If something in the visa application process or requirements isn’t clear to you, then take a look at the contents of the world wide web. Check out this previous article: How To Get A Canadian Tourist Visa With Your Philippines Passport to know more about the Visa Application. If something is left unanswered, then visit the page of the Government of Canada. There, you’ll find everything you need to know.
2) SUBMIT ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
This is essential in getting your visa approved. For example, if you are an employee, you have to submit your Bank Certificate/Bank Statement, Certificate of Employment and ITR. Don’t just submit your Bank Certificate and ITR. Certificate of Employment is a very important document which proves that you are gainfully employed, and it negates all the presumption that you want to work in Canada on your tourist visa.
3) DO NOT SUBMIT FAKE DOCUMENTS
I mean do not even attempt to do so! This is a major no-no in any Embassy for visa application or any other purpose. This will not only cause your outright visa rejection, but it could also get you blacklisted too! This is greatly frowned upon by Government Offices, and some consider this as a crime.
4) COLLECT PASSPORT STAMPS
One of the requirements for a Canadian Tourist Visa is the copy of your visas (valid or expired) as well as your entry and exit stamps. Now you know that this is one of the things they take into consideration.
Traveling isn’t as expensive as you think. Promo fares are everywhere, and Southeast Asia isn’t expensive at all! The easiest way to get passport stamps from the Philippines is by crossing the border from Singapore-Malaysia or backpacking across Southeast Asia using the Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand Route, Thailand-Malaysia Route, or the Thailand-Myanmar Route. For those who have the luxury of time, you might want to consider doing it for at least two weeks so you would get to enjoy the experience.
P.S. Backpacking is good for the soul!
5) PROVE STRONG TIES AND DEEP-ROOTEDNESS IN YOUR COUNTRY
Deep-rootedness is defined in the dictionary as deeply rooted; firmly implanted or established. What can you do to prove to the Consul that you will not work illegally in their country, violate their laws, and deplete their resources? That’s the situation that they’re trying to avoid here hence the tedious visa application process. There are a lot of ways to prove this and here are seven ways to do so :)
6) HAVE THE “RIGHT” SHOW-MONEY
They wouldn’t only look at how much you have in your bank account so forget about the Fund Transfer Scheme which everybody knows about. The primary thing they’ll consider is your Average Daily Balance and your steady source of income. Check out these 7 Practical Tips On How To Have The Right Show Money.
7) GET AN AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT IF NECESSARY
If you think that you do not have enough balance in your bank account, then an Affidavit of Support could come in handy. It is a document attesting that the signatory will be shouldering your flight, hotel, day-to-day expenses or all of the above. The signatory could be your parents, relative, friend, or employer.
If you’re submitting this affidavit, you also need to submit your sponsor’s financial documents such as Bank Statement/Certificate, Income Tax Return, and/or proof of income.
8) FILL IN YOUR APPLICATION FORM PROPERLY
This is one of the most important factors to consider yet it is the most neglected. Fill in everything accurately and truthfully and avoid leaving blank spaces. If something isn’t applicable to you, just write NA instead of leaving it blank.
9) ASK EXPERTS FOR ADVICE
You need expert advice. That’s true, and I believe I can do this for you! I have traveled to 100 countries in 7 continents with my Philippines Passport, and I’m sure you can trust me with this one. Together, we can work on your visa application by going through all your documents, planning your day-to-day itinerary, filling in the application, and I’ll be answering all the questions you have in mind. You can avail of my Mentoring Services here. Let’s try to get that visa on your first application!
10) KNOW WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF VISA REJECTION
Visa rejection doesn’t mean the end of the world. You can always re-apply anytime (unless otherwise stated on the visa denial letter) but this time, make sure to determine all the red flags which caused the denial and do not make the same things again. There should be a reason why your visa got denied which is indicated in the denial letter, and you have to work on that. You can’t re-apply using the same documents because you’ll just get the same answer.
For my final tip, BE PATIENT. Nothing worth having is easy! I know it could be stressful, but that’s the reality. We all have to go through it! Wishing you the best of luck on your visa application ♡