Congratulations on completing all the requirements for your spouse’s sponsorship application. Unfortunately, it is just the beginning of the process. After preparing all the documents and paperwork, you need to undergo an interview with a visa officer. Only after that will you know whether your application will push through.
Most people find interviews nerve-wracking and stressful. This article will help you handle this step by letting you know what to expect during the whole process.
The Visa Sponsorship Interview: Spousal Interview in Canada
This stage is only the first of the many interviews you will go through for your immigration application. Expect this to be a lengthy interview. In this part of the process, the visa officer’s objective is to assess whether your relationship is genuine and rule out marriage fraud.
They will ask questions to confirm the details you and your partner provided about your marriage or common-law or conjugal relationship. The officer will verify that the answers you provided in the documents you submitted are aligned with what you state during the interviews.
What to Know Before Going to the Interview
There are four things you should know before attending the interview process.
- If the officer finds out that you provided false information or fraudulent documents, your current (and any subsequent visa applications) will be considered inadmissible. It could happen even if you say the misinformation was an honest mistake. Given this possibility, remember to provide accurate information from the start.
- There is no particular set of questions that a visa officer will ask. The questions they ask your relatives or friends might not be the same questions you’ll get. The flow of questioning will depend on your answers during the interview. If they find some information interesting or unclear, they will ask more questions to get into the details. There are times that they’ll ask more questions to uncover any falsehoods, so try to be as clear from the start as possible.
- Expect the questions to be focused on your relationship with your spouse. Again, the goal is to assess the authenticity of your relationship. It is best to recall all the details surrounding how you met, how the relationship flourished, and any other important event that happened until your wedding. They may also ask questions about the actual big day and ask for photos. Some officers also ask about how you and your partner communicate and discuss cultural issues if you and your spouse are from different countries.
- Make sure that you know your partner’s phone number and address in Canada.
The Canada Border Service Agency Interview
After the visa interview and upon your arrival in Canada, you need to go through another set of interviews with Canada Border Service Agency officers. Make sure that you have prepared all the documents needed for a smoother process.
These interviews will be short and straightforward. The first part is to confirm that you provided the right information and that it matches your documents. Expect questions about the following:
- Any serious crimes you were convicted of in your home country
- The amount of money you brought with you
- Who you are travelling with
- Your health condition
- How many times you’ve visited Canada
- The length of your stay in Canada
The second part is to ensure that you didn’t bring any contraband items, foodstuff, or flora and fauna that could negatively affect Canada’s environment. These questions will determine the following:
- Whether you have any fireworks, firearms, or ammunition
- Whether you have dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables, or meat products
- What plants or animals you brought with you
- Whether you have items derived from endangered species
- All things you brought with you
Now that you know what to expect during these interviews, it is vital to have the presence of mind to be truthful and stay relaxed during the whole process. Prepare all your documents ahead of time and double-check all the details. Ensure that you also provide only the correct information in your records and verbal answers, and remember to stay consistent. Having a trusted Canada immigration expert can also help you better prepare.