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Canadian Visitor Visa Gets Denied: What to Do Next

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"People often believe that it is quite easy to get a Canadian visitor visa. However, negligence and lack of care in applying properly will lead to a denial of your visitor visa. In such cases, the best course of action for you is to reapply. However, you can also appeal the decision but that is not a preferred way to deal with denial."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Jun 11, 2021
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People often believe that it is quite easy to get a Canadian visitor visa. However, negligence and lack of care in applying properly will lead to a denial of your visitor visa. In such cases, the best course of action for you is to reapply. However, you can also appeal the decision but that is not a preferred way to deal with denial. 

What to Do If Your Visitor Visa is Denied?

The first step is to determine whether to reapply or appeal the decision of denial for your visitor visa. To do that, you must understand the reason for denial. If you reapply before understanding why your initial application was denied, you risk repeating the same mistake which would lead to your application being denied. There can be several reasons as to why your visitor visa application was denied, including:

  • Inadmissibility to Canada
  • The intention of temporary stay was not established
  • Incomplete or missing information
  • Error on the part of the immigration officer

You can fix most of these errors in your new application by including information that was missing in the initial application. You will be required to explain the source of the information. However, if it is something that can’t be fixed with reapplying, you have the option of appealing the decision. 

How Can You Appeal Your Denied Visitor Visa Application?

Your visitor visa application is reviewed by an immigration officer to decide whether to allow you to visit Canada for a short period or not. There are specific guidelines for this review. If you fail to meet the required criteria, your application will most likely be rejected. However, if your application was rejected due to an error on the part of the immigration officer, you have the right to appeal that decision. The process of appealing a Canadian visa refusal can be complicated and lengthy. The burden of proof is on the person appealing the decision. Therefore, you will be required to demonstrate why the decision was unfair and why your case should be given a second chance.

You can send a Canadian Visa Refusal Appeal Letter to the Federal Court of Canada for a judicial review with the following details to appeal the decision:

  • Date and Address of the concerned embassy
  • Your details and current address
  • Date of rejection of your Canadian visitor visa application
  • Reason of refusal and why you think a mistake was made along with the evidence supporting your claim
  • Your travel history and previous visa if any
  • Your reason to visit Canada
  • Required documents attached to the appeal letter 
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