A guide to Canada visa refusal and re-application

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August 23, 2022
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty

Refusal to get a visa can be frustrating as it may ruin your plans of travel, work, or a new living arrangement in a foreign nation. However, there are a few steps that can be taken in order to obtain a visa even after your application has been rejected. In this article we will talk about Canadian visa refusal and what are your options in case your application for a Canadian visa has been refused.

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What is Canada visa refusal?

Visa refusal for Canada refers to the rejection of the application of a visa to enter Canada. In other words, it is the act of denying your entry to Canada by rejecting your visa application.

What to do in case of a visa for a Canada visit is rejected?

In case the reason for the rejection of your visa application is a mistake, you can rectify the same by making proper corrections. One must check the information provided and shall also submit the data or supporting documents required. While doing so, you must make sure that you have a good explanation for why this new information was not submitted earlier and how it would help the visa officer to decide in your favor.

Once a visa application to enter Canada has been rejected, the applicant can reapply for the visa, however, before making a new application the applicant must be aware of specific procedures recommended for filing a new application. The rejection letter provided after visa rejection holds many clues and critical information as to why the application was denied in the first place. One must read it carefully and take note of whatever information you can collect to use later in strengthening the reapplication. Although, it is also a possibility that the reapplication will pass through another officer who may have a different notion about the documents provided.

Reapplying for a Canadian visa after a refusal is one of the most common solutions available to visa applicants depending on the reasons for refusal. When a visa application is refused a letter is provided by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) which is a crucial document to be analyzed in case you are planning to appeal or re-apply. However, the reasons for the refusal of your visa application are not specified in the letter. There are various reasons for the rejection of a visa application based on the unique requirements of each visa type.

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General reasons for Canada visa refusal

Following are the reasons based on which a visa application for Canada is refused:

  1. Proper supporting documents are not provided

  2. Adequate financial resources to finance your travel or stay in Canada are not shown

  3. The applicant fails to meet international security standards, for eg. having a criminal background

  4. The applicant fails to meet health standards

  5. Visa officer has doubts regarding the applicant’s intention or application

While the above-mentioned parameters are the most common reasons for refusal, there may be more factors resulting in a Canadian visa refusal. On the off chance that your application has been refused one may be eligible to appeal or reapply for the visa.

How to appeal in case of visa rejection?

Upon refusal of an application for a Canadian visa, another alternative available to the applicants is to appeal the decision of the visa officer.  Depending on your case, you can consider your eligibility to appeal, either with the IAD (Immigration Adjudication Division) or the Federal Court of Canada. However, the option to appeal the visa refusal is only valid for a specific period of time and should be acted on immediately.

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Chances of getting a Canada visa after refusal

In case the visa officer doubts that your application is not genuine or your application does not meet all the requirements of the program, he may refuse your application. In order to avoid an issue like this in your reapplication, one must review the documentation and make sure all documents are clear and easy to understand. One must also provide additional supporting documentation if he thinks it was lacking in the previous application. However, the decision to issue a visa would finally depend upon the discretion of the visa officer.

Why do you need a lawyer?

A lawyer having a significant amount of experience in the field of immigration-related issues can be of great help in the instances of Canada visa refusal. An attorney can ensure that those who have a refusal of visa are subsequently granted a visa to enter Canada.

If you have had a Canada visit visa refusal and wish to make a new application or require advice on your first application, an experienced immigration lawyer can be a useful resort. A lawyer will be able to review your refusal notice and provide you with a legal opinion. If a fresh application is your best option a lawyer can also help you prepare the same in a more effective manner while ensuring low chances of refusal.


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