What Are My Options?
If you get a letter in the mail from Canada Immigration advising you that your application for Canadian immigration was refused, do not panic! You do have options:
- You may be eligible to Appeal your Canadian Immigration Application Refusal to the Federal Court of Canada within a certain period after you were notified of the refusal by Canada Immigration.
- You may be eligible to Appeal your Canadian Immigration Application Refusal to the Immigration Adjudication Division (IAD) within a certain period of after your application was refused by Canada Immigration.
- You may be able to make a request for Restoration to the Case Processing Centre (CPC) after being notified if the refusal.
It is important that if your immigration application was refused, you act very quickly. There are strict appeal deadlines that must be followed in order to secure your rights. It is therefore important that you contact a qualified immigration law firm to quickly assess your case and outline your options without delay.
What Option Is Right For You?
It depends on a number of factors such as the nature of the case. For example, was it a Skilled Worker Application, Canadian Sponsorship Application or Canadian Visa refusal?
And it also depends on where the Canadian immigration application was filed and processed. Was your Canadian immigration application filed within Canada or at a Canadian consulate or embassy outside of Canada?
Depending on these factors, you may have options to appeal your case, re-apply or get it resolved though government channels. The key is to get a quick evaluation of your case before your appeal rights are terminated.
Why Did My Canadian Immigration Application Get Refused?
Generally, refusals for Canadian immigration applications do not just happen. When applications for Canadian immigration are submitted, an immigration officer reviews the application and decides on whether it should be approved or denied. The officer uses specific guidelines for making decisions on immigration cases. These guidelines are found in the Immigration Regulations as well as Immigration Manuals.
When applications do not meet the various standards and criteria set out in the Immigration Regulations and Manuals, then the likely result is a refusal. However, in many cases, Canadian immigration officers make mistakes in their decisions. They often are too strict in their interpretation of the guidelines or they simply fail to review all the documentation and information in an application. Sometimes applicants are called for a personal interview and the immigration officer does not believe the applicant is credible or trustworthy.
Whatever the reason for the refusal, it is important to act very quickly once you are notified that your case was denied. You should then seek out a qualified and experienced Canadian immigration lawyer who is licensed. If your case has merit, then an Immigration Appeal should be considered.