Pregnant With a Canadian Citizen? You May Still Be Denied Entry to Canada

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Despite the fact that one of the mandates of Canadian immigration involves uniting diasporic immigrant families, there’s no guarantee Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will approve your sponsorship case just because you’re pregnant with the child of a Canadian citizen. In fact, even if one of your children is already a Canadian citizen, your application for a visa may still be denied.

In fact, even if one of your children is already a Canadian citizen, your application for a visa may still be denied.

The process of applying for a sponsorship visa involves quite a few steps, including the need to provide documentation and identification that proves you match the prerequisites for the program. If a Canadian immigration officer decides that your application doesn’t meet the necessary requirements, or misinterprets the information you’ve provided, being pregnant with a Canadian citizen won’t make a difference.

Bureaucratic Snafu May Prevent Reunion

When dealing with large government departments, there’s always a chance that you may end up in a bureaucratic catch-22. This is the situation that Faozia Salah, Osama Al-Raboai and their young family are struggling to overcome. Despite the fact that Osama and daughter Nada are Canadian citizens, Faozia has been denied legal entry into the country by the IRCC. Faozia is also pregnant with child, which means that the newborn will be a Canadian citizen, while the unborn child’s Mom may not be granted a visa.

Officially, immigration officials stated that the application had not satisfied the condition that the applicant “would leave Canada at the end of (her) stay as a temporary resident.” Considering that the application is meant to facilitate the reunion of a husband and two children, all three being Canadian citizens, it makes little sense to deny a temporary visa because she wants to join the rest of her family in Canada on a permanent basis.

When pressed for further details, the IRCC stated that there were other issues with paperwork, including an issue with a previous marriage, despite the fact that all the required documentation was provided. The case shows that all applicants should be ready to deal with unexpected complications when dealing with the IRCC.

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Michael Niren

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 Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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