My Canadian Permanent Resident Application was Refused. What should I do now?

I came to Canada on Feb 2 2006. I submitted my application last November 2008.  My boyfriend who is a refugee claimant proposed marriage.  I called Canada Immigration three times to ask if Imarry my boyfriend, will it impact my immigration application? Canada Immigration told me it would not. So I got married in December 2008. I relied on the information I received from the Immigration Call Centre. However,  I received a letter of refusal. What can I do?


Listing your boyfriend as a dependent on your application for permanent residence may not have had anything to do with your refusal, unless he had a medical condition or criminal record. It may be the case that your immigration application was refused because of some issue with your own qualifications or how the application was prepared.  You should also know that information you receive from the Immigration Call Centre should not be considered “legal advice”. You should always consult an immigration lawyer before proceeding.

The best course of action when there is an immigration refusal is to appeal the decision. There are dead lines to watch out for when appealing to either the Federal Court or Immigration Adjudication Division (IAD).

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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