How to Appeal an Immigration Decision in Canada

Many applications for immigration to Canada are denied each and every year, for a variety of reasons. Each application is generally carefully reviewed by an immigration officer before they approve or deny the application, but mistakes are not unheard of and do happen – either on the part of the immigration officer reviewing your case, or on your part if you filled out the immigration form improperly or forgot a tiny detail that could have made all of the difference.

You are not out of luck, you do have options for appealing an immigration decision in Canada. But the most important thing you need to know is that you only have a short time in which you are allowed to appeal an immigration decision – usually, as little as 30 days. Act quickly!

Appealing an immigration decision in Canada – methods

The three methods to appeal an immigration decision in Canada are:

1. Appealing your immigration decision to the IAD, or Immigration Adjudication Division.
2. Appealing your immigration decision to the Federal Court of Canada.
3. Making a request for restoration to the CPC, or Case Processing Centre.

Appealing an immigration decision is not easy, but it is possible. However, it requires comprehensively arguments and you will need to state your case effectively. It is certainly a big advantage to have a licensed immigration lawyer on your side – after all, the “other” side will have plenty of lawyers and agents at their disposal.

Have you been notified by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that your immigration application has been denied? We have over 15 years of experience in immigration law for the United States and Canada, having handled many immigration appeals. Call us as soon as possible for an assessment of your case so we can discuss your immigration appeals options. We would love to help you!

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