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What To Do If My Visa Application is Refused

Having your visa application refused or denied can hurt a lot especially when you have donated so much time and energy to it. When your visa application is approved it usually means starting a new chapter in your life which can be very exciting for you.

There so many reasons why your visa application may be refused but here are the top reasons why it may be rejected. When your visa application is rejected, it does not mean the end for you, as you can still appeal the decision, apply for reconsideration, or re-apply again.

What To Do If My Visa Application is Refused
Like we mentioned earlier, when your visa application is refused, you can either appeal, request for reconsideration, however, there are some cases where this may not apply and you just have to start the entire process again and then re-apply.

When Do You Appeal Your Case?

The best way to appeal your case is with your immigration lawyer. The lawyer is able to detect if the immigration officer made an incorrect decision on your application and will also determine if you have a strong case for appeal. Your appeal will be submitted to the Federal Court of Canada via Judicial review and should be on the basis that the immigration officer either acted against the law, unfairly reviewed your application or acted outside their jurisdiction.

Once your application is refused, you will have at most 15 days to appeal if you are applying within Canada. And if you are applying from outside Canada, you will have at most 60 days to submit your appeal.

When Do You Apply For Reconsideration?

You are eligible for reconsideration if your application was refused due to unclear, incomplete, or misunderstood documents and information. In this case, you will need to resubmit clear information that is in-line with the documents the immigration officer indicated in the letter sent to you.

When Can You Re-Apply?

You re-applying mean submitting a new application along with clearer information or document. This phase should come into action after you have thoroughly reviewed the reasons why your application was refused and made the necessary changes so you don’t make the same mistake twice when you re-apply.

If you missed submitting a proper bank statement that proves you can financially support yourself while in Canada, you missed indicating all sources of income in your application, or you found a new sponsor or source of income from the time your application was refused. You can take your time to indicate all of this when you re-apply.

Will I Get A Refund If My Visa Application is Refused?

Depending on the reason why your application was refused, you may be eligible for a refund, or you get no refund at all. If you have just been issued a visa, violated the terms that guides the use of your visa, or you have tried using your visa to travel. You will not be subject to any refund of the fee. However, if your visa application is still at the review stage, and they have not begun processing it then you may be eligible for a refund. Here are some of the fees that may be refundable.

  • The right of permanent residence fee (RPRF)
  • The right of citizenship fee
  • The open work permit fee
  • The employer compliance fee (refunded to the employer), and
  • International Experience Canada (IEC) fees

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