When you are filling a spousal sponsorship application, there are some common errors many people commit. This can lead to your application being denied or returned. When it comes to government forms, no matter what the subject may be, you need to be meticulous. You need to take it seriously and make sure to check it again and again before sending it in. It can save you from unnecessary heartache and inconvenience.
Although you can do this process yourself, there are pitfalls. The best thing to do is to hire someone to help you through the process. Let’s look at some of the mistakes to avoid when filling a spousal sponsorship application.
1. Using An Incorrect Version
You may think this does not happen but it still does. You can get the latest version online. Please remember that a lot of these forms are changed and updated with no word of warning. The onus is on you to get the correct or latest version. If not, it could be rejected or returned. Unfortunately, even within the same year, there could be updates, so it makes it tricky for an applicant.
If an older version was submitted, it will not be processed. The best thing to do is to download the latest version and fill it up immediately. The problem occurs when people download it, put it aside and then fill it when they have the time. This could be 6 months later, when things might have changed.
2. Wrong Answers On Form
This is arguably the most common mistake many people make when sponsoring their spouse. Don’t forget, sometimes the language or question can seem confusing, even to those who know the language well.
For someone who does not speak or write well, this can be a huge dilemma. They may answer the question without really understanding what is being asked. The answer will be incorrect or completely irrelevant. You can either call the immigration centre for clarification or better yet, have a legal professional help you with your application.
3. Leaving A Blank
All questions that require an answer must be answered. You cannot leave it blank just because you don’t know the answer. This may be important information that is required from you. On another note, leaving a question unanswered may appear to look somewhat suspicious. This will cause your application to be returned. If you feel that a question does not apply to your situation, you can say it is not applicable, or just write “N/A” in the space.
4. Incorrect Sponsor/Applicant
This has happened before because some people don’t understand a lot of technical jargon which these offices use. Confusion on who the sponsor and who the applicant is thus occurs. The correct person has to fill the correct form. Both the applicant and the sponsor will have to fill their forms accordingly.
5. Improper Supporting Documents
In addition to the actual application forms, there will also be a number of other documents that will be required. For example, both applicants need to show that they are indeed a genuine couple by having documentation to prove it. They need to prove they are indeed married.
The best chance to submit a successful application that won’t be returned is to get legal representation to help you through the application process.