What Happens If My Immigration Visa is Refused?

Has your immigration application been refused? Watch this video to know your options. Then, fill out our immigration assessment form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours to discuss how we can help.

What Are My Options? Refusal Letter and How to Appeal

Did you apply for a Canadian visa and was refused? Then you probably would have received a Canada refusal letter. This can be frustrating knowing that your Canada visa was refused but watch this video on what to do if you are refused a Canada visa. 

Visa Rejections and COVID-19

During the Coronavirus outbreak visitors to Canada my be refused due to Canada’s borders being temporarily closed. International students, foreign workers, permanent residents, and citizens are still allowed to enter Canada. Family sponsorship applications are still being processed if you are within Canada! If you need help re-applying or submitting a refusal waiver, we can help!

If you get a letter in the mail or an email 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.

Sample Appeal Letter for Canada Visa Refusal

If you were denied a Canada visa you can send in an appeal letter for the government to reassess your case. We highly recommend only having an immigration professional help you with this step to avoid any possible mistakes and ensure the best chance for approval. 

In an appeal letter you want to include the following:

  1. The date and address of the embassy
  2. Personal details and current address
  3. The date your Canadian application was rejected
  4. The main body of the appeal letter to include why they refused your application, why you believe that they made a mistake with their decision, and prove their decision was wrong.
  5. Travel history and previous visas
  6. Reasons why you wanted a Canadian visa
  7. Create a sense of urgency
  8. Hand Signature
  9. Include all the required documents in attachment to the appeal letter

Which 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.

If I Was Refused, Where Do I Go From Here?

There are many issues involved in properly handling a Canadian immigration refusal. A qualified Canadian immigration lawyer should be able to assess your immigration application refusal and answer the following questions about your case:

  • Are you are eligible to appeal the negative immigration decision?
  • How long do you have to file your appeal? For example, do you have 15, 30 or 60 days after being notified of the refusal?
  • What Canadian immigration court should you file the Appeal? Is it the Federal Court of Canada or the IAD?
  • What procedure is involved in filing and processing the Immigration Appeal? What steps have to be taken?
  • How long is it going to take? When should I expect a result?
  • What are the chances of success of the Immigration Appeal?

Why Hire our Lawyers to Help You With Your Refusals

If your immigration application was refused, then contact us right away. Delaying could mean that you will lose your appeal rights. Our lawyers have helped thousands of people successfully appeal their refused immigration application, and we are certain we can help you too!