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Reasons for refusal of spousal visa to Canada

The IRCC or the Immigration, Refugees and Canadian Citizenship is the organization that oversees the visa process. Due to the matter of national importance, the spousal visa to Canada approval process is strict and often takes time. The refusal of the application is known to happen frequently and there are mainly two reasons for it:

The validity of the marriage: The strict process of checking is done to avoid any fraud during the application. During that checking process, if the investigators find anything that puts in doubt the validity of the marriage, the application is denied.
The problem with an application: In this case, there are mainly human errors involve which include but are not limited to; some errors in the forms which were filled as well as missing or omitted details. Another error can be the absence of required supporting documents.

Further steps- if Spousal Visa Rejected

If your spousal visa application is refused, that is not the end of the line for your case. There are further steps that can be taken to remedy the situation and eradicate mistakes if any. There are basically two courses of action:

You can appeal to the Immigration Appeal Board to rectify the mistakes. If you can prove that the reasons for refusals are not true or applicable and a mistake has been made, your visa application can be sent back for reconsideration.
You can go for a judicial review in the Federal Court of Canada.

The thing to keep in mind here is that there is a time limit for your appeal to be made. It varies from 15-60 days from the day you received your refusal, depending on your case. Therefore, you should apply accordingly.
Is legal help necessary when Spouse Visa Rejected?

Keep in mind that it is not necessary to seek legal help. You can reapply or appeal by yourself. But, it is strongly advisable to seek the help of an attorney. This helps in avoiding mistakes in further courses of action. What you should keep in mind is to hire a licensed attorney who specializes in immigration law. Remember, experience matters a lot.

After hiring a lawyer, you should provide them with every detail that you can remember along with documents related to your case. It is advisable to make notes if you attended an interview. You can also ask for your GCMS notes and provide that to your legal counsel. The attorney has then a better chance to strategize and determine the probability of success.

Remember, immigration can be a long and tiring process. You just have to keep going and if you do get a refusal, do not panic and don’t be afraid to seek help.

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Postby forumadmin » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:34 pm

IRCC says 80% of spousal sponsorship backlog now cleared

60,000 applications processed since December 2016, says Canada's immigration minister

The Government of Canada announced today that it has now cleared 80 per cent of its spousal sponsorship backlog.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, made the announcement as part of a special Valentine’s Day update.

Hussen said the achievement delivers on a government promise made in December 2016 to reduce the backlog by 80 per cent within a year.

“Just a year ago, in December 2016, there were almost 75,000 people in the spousal sponsorship backlog,” Hussen said. “As of today, more than 80 per cent of those spouses in the backlog have received final decisions in their applications.”

The backlog now stands at 15,000 individuals, he said.

“Moving to a new country can be a difficult process, especially when it comes to spouses and partners who are separated by time and distance,” Hussen said. “Canadians with a partner or spouse who is abroad shouldn’t have to wait for years to have them immigrate to Canada. Nor should those in the country be left uncertain as to whether they will be allowed to stay in Canada.”

To those whose applications are still being processed, Hussen said the government “is working diligently to process your files.”

Find out if you are eligible for spousal sponsorship by filling out our FREE online assessment form.

Changes to application process

Hussen also announced a revision to the spouse and common-law partner sponsorship guide and checklist. Under the change, spousal sponsorship applicants will now be asked to submit their Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669) form and police certificates as part of their initial paper application package, instead of later in the application process, as was previously required.

“These changes will help us process applications even faster and avoid unnecessary delays,” Hussen said.

Canada’s Liberal government has made family reunification an immigration priority and has introduced a number of policy changes to this end, including its promise to process the majority of spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months from the day they are received.

Prior to its December 2016 changes the average processing time for spouses/common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada was as long as 26 months.

The federal government also introduced a new spousal sponsorship application kit in December 2016 that it said was designed to streamline and simplify the process.

Old application process
Revised application process
Two application kits for overseas applicants and applicants in Canada
One application kit for all applicants
180 pages of guide material
75 pages of guide material in simplified language
14 guides and checklists
One checklist

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