What if my Canada immigration application is refused?

Why Canada immigration application refusals happen

It is up to the applicant to ensure that their Canada immigration application is filled out properly, does not  have any mistakes and includes all of the necessary paperwork and documentation. It is not up to the government to contact you to let you know that you have forgotten to include something or that there appears to be an error on a form. The government has a high number of Canada immigration applications to sift through and denying problematic ones is the easiest option. Paperwork can also get lost on its way to or by the visa office, and other mistakes can be made because of human or technical error.

Have you received a Canada immigration application refusal?

If you have received a Canada immigration application refusal, contact a licensed immigration lawyer right away. In many cases there are tight deadlines for appealing an application refusal and applicants may only have a few weeks to fix the problem. There are many options available for you to appeal a refusal, but they depend on what the reason for your Canada immigration application refusal was and what type of visa you’ve applied for (or was applied for on your behalf, such as a sponsorship application), as well as where the Canada immigration application was filed, whether in Canada or outside of Canada.

Possible Options for immigration refusals

  • Appeals to the Federal Court of Canada
  • Appeals to the Immigration Adjudication Division
  • Re-apply under a different immigration category

Each case is unique and will require its own solution, procedure, time frame and strategy for success. Before taking any action, it is essential that your case be evaluated carefully and you are told what the pros and cons are for each option available to you.

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Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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