How To Appeal A Canadian Citizenship Refusal

Canadian Citizenship is the end-goal for many immigrants who come to Canada to start a new life. People who are permanent residents in Canada can apply for Canadian citizenship after a designated period, usually after they have resided in Canada for three years out of a four-year time frame. Canada Permanent Residence

Why Apply for Canadian Citizenship?

Canadian citizens enjoy rights that permanent residents in Canada do not, including being eligible for a Canadian Passport and being able to vote in Canada.

Applicants will be tested on their language proficiency and also have to attend a Citizenship ceremony.

Appealing a Canadian Citizenship Denial

Sometimes, Canadian Citizenship applications are denied for various reasons. If you have not met the required obligations with regards to your physical presence in Canada, or for any other reason, your application can be denied. Mistakes can happen, either on your part in filling out your application or on behalf of the government, that result in an unfair denial of Canadian Citizenship.

If you receive a notice that your application for Canadian Citizenship has been denied – take note: you will have to appeal within 60 days to the Federal Court of Canada. The Federal Court will review the case and determine if any errors were made as well as consider any new evidence you will be able to offer. If the Court rules in your favour, your application will be re-considered by another judge.

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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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