Top 12 Visa Interview Questions

When coming to Canada to visit for a temporary purpose, an important point in the process is your interview with a visa officer. This will happen at the place you first enter Canada, called the “port of entry”.

Although times have changed since the famous Pier 21, the meeting with a visa officer is still a critical part of the immigration process
Although times have changed since the famous Pier 21, the meeting with a visa officer is still a critical part of the immigration process

As part of section 11(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), anyone who wants to become a temporary resident of Canada must satisfy a visa officer that he or she meets the requirements for temporary residency to Canada and there is no reason that he or she is inadmissible.

To assess the eligibility, Here are twelve questions that you should be prepared to answer when entering Canada, based on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Operational Bulletin #11. In the coming months we will be posting specific follow ups on what officers will be looking for in the questions and how you can be best prepared to respond, based on experience working with a number of successful applicants. Although there is no formula that will guarantee your approval, being prepared for your interview can help improve your chances by presenting the facts of your case in a clear and coherent way.

  1. What is the purpose of your trip?
  2. How long will you be staying in Canada?
  3. What ties do you have with Canada?
  4. What ties do you have with your country of residence?
  5. Do you have a valid passport or travel document?
  6. How will you support yourself in Canada?
  7. Will you be able to leave Canada?
  8. Do you intend to work or study in Canada?
  9. Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence?
  10. Do you suffer from a serious medical condition?
  11. Have you ever been refused a temporary resident visa to travel to Canada?
  12. Were you ever removed from Canada or any other country?

Although this information is to help to prepare for the interview, the most important aspect of your interview is that you are 100% truthful and honest with the visa officer. If you provide an false or misleading information to the visa officer or misrepresent your reason for visiting Canada in any way, you will likely be refused entry or required to leave Canada and not eligible to reapply for a number of years. The Government of Canada will keep all the records from your application and these will be reviewed if you apply for a visa extension or any other type of immigration application in the future.

This post explains Canadian Immigration law and related procedures in general and is not intended as legal advice for a particular problem or as a substitute for consultation with a lawyer. Please seek qualified legal advice for your particular circumstances.