Canada Visa Rejection: Reasons and Next Steps
Contrary to what many people think, reapplying after a Canadian visa rejection or refusal is actually an option, depending on the reasons why the application was rejected. There are different reasons why an application for a visa is rejected.
Reasons for a Canadian Visa Rejection:
- Failure to provide proper and accurate supporting documents
- Failure to show adequate financial resources to finance your travel to and stay in Canada
- Failure to meet international security standards, such as in cases where the applicant has a criminal background
- Failure to meet health standards
- Visa officer has reservations regarding the applicant’s intention or his/her application
There may be other reasons that could result in a Canadian visa rejection but many fall within the parameters of the factors mentioned. If your application is refused, you cannot expect the visa officer or authorities at the embassy to accept your appeal to obtain even a temporary visa. The best option is for you to reapply for a visa with your newly improved application. Here are the steps you should take after a visa refusal.
Avoiding a Consecutive Canadian Visa Rejection
The rejection letter holds many clues and critical information about the reasons why your application was denied. Read it carefully and take note of whatever information you can find that you can use later to strengthen your reapplication case. Keep in mind that Canada does not bestow the right to appeal a visa rejection. It is also possible that the new application will pass through another visa officer who may have a different view about the documents provided.
Consider an Appeal
Depending on the case, it is also a good idea to consider your eligibility for an appeal, either with the IAD (Immigration Adjudication Division) or the Federal Court of Canada. Note, however, that this appeal is only valid within a specific period of time and should be acted on immediately. If this applies to your case, it may be a good idea to enlist the help of a lawyer who specializes in Canadian visa applications in order to increase your chances of getting approved.
After a rejection for a Canadian visa, applicants should be aware of specific procedures recommended for filing a new application. Know what these steps are and make sure to follow them carefully in order to avoid any problems the second time around.
Correct the Initial Mistakes
If the reason for the rejection is a mistake on your application, you can rectify the problem by making the proper corrections. Check the information you provided and provide the data or supporting document required. When doing so, make sure you have a good explanation for why this new information was not given during your first application.
Seek Professional Assistance
The laws that cover Canadian visa rejection can be rather complicated. It may be in your best interest to talk to an experienced immigration lawyer who can give the proper advice and support for your case. Let us know how we can help you!
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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