I was recently contacted by a potential Canadian immigrant, whose application was refused when the visa officer did not award points for his Master’s degree. He lost his degree and submitted his application with a certificate from the university confirming that the degree was issued but that according to the recipient, the original degree had been lost. When the visa officer reviewing his application requested better evidence that the Master’s degree had been issued, he obtained a letter from his university confirming that the degree had in fact been issued. Despite receiving the letter, the Canadian Immigration visa officer was not convinced in the absence of the original degree. It remains to be seen whether the Canadian immigration applicant will appeal. This illustrates the need to provide the documents listed on the document checklist issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In the absence of the listed documents, there is no guarantee that a Canadian immigration application will be approved as any alternate evidence is subjectively evaluated by the visa officer.

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