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IEC FORM - do you leave the parts that dont apply blank or put not applicable

Old Jan 30th 2011, 1:07 pm
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Default IEC FORM - do you leave the parts that dont apply blank or put not applicable

Sorry, I know this is probably a very silly question but I really dont want to make any mistakes. So, for things such as Spouse/ child shall I leave it blank or put N/A in the field.
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Old Jan 30th 2011, 2:14 pm
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I left them blank which I think is the preferred method, you just have to remember now to leave any of the mandatory fields blank at the same time.
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I also left them blank.
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Considering if you don't enter any spousal status or dependants in the preliminary web form then it automatically leaves those fields blank, I would envisage that it is OK to leave them that way.
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Default Re: IEC FORM - do you leave the parts that dont apply blank or put not applicable

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Sorry, I know this is probably a very silly question but I really dont want to make any mistakes. So, for things such as Spouse/ child shall I leave it blank or put N/A in the field.
N/A If you leave blanks, CHC/CIC will not guess, the form then has a tendency to be returned.
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Default Re: IEC FORM - do you leave the parts that dont apply blank or put not applicable

Thank you, I thinK i will just put N/A in the blanks as least there is no guess work involved then.
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Thank you, I thinK i will just put N/A in the blanks as least there is no guess work involved then.
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N/A If you leave blanks, CHC/CIC will not guess, the form then has a tendency to be returned.
N/A You should put N/A where you dont have any answers because if you leave it blank it is highly likely that CIC will return your application and will ask you to resubmit after answering all the questions.
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N/A If you leave blanks, CHC/CIC will not guess, the form then has a tendency to be returned.
They shouldn't need to guess because IEC includes a barcoded cover form which states whether or not the applicant has a spouse or dependants based upon their answers at registration.

The instructions also don't say to put N/A in any fields which don't apply to you in that section of the application but I agree that it probably wouldn't do any harm.
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Default Re: IEC FORM - do you leave the parts that dont apply blank or put not applicable

No idea if the same applies to an IEC form, but certainly for any kind of PR application CIC will return a form for leaving any field blank.

There have been many instances on this forum where people have had their application returned simply because they didn't put N/A in one box. So personally, I'd always put N/A rather than just leave it!
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Default Re: IEC FORM - do you leave the parts that dont apply blank or put not applicable

As per PR applications, I'm going with 'N/A'. It leaves no room for ambiguity!
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Default Re: IEC FORM - do you leave the parts that dont apply blank or put not applicable

I couldn't see anywhere where it suggest you 'add N/A' for 'Not Applicable' questions, but equally I couldn't find any reference where it says you shouldn't either. That presents a grey area that need plugging.

Clearly N/A indicates (to CIC/CHC and yourself) that you have read the question and it's not applicable to your application, and it helps you when checking the form so that you haven't inadvertently left anything blank at all.

Interestingly, on a search via Google, I found some advice for Taiwanese IEC applications (Form IMM1295) that suggests (on the form) 'not applicable' boxes have 'not applicable' written in them.
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