Sponsorship Refusals

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“My Sponsorship Application was refused…What can I do now?”

If you applied to sponsor a family member but that sponsorship application was refused, you do have the option to appeal under subsection 63(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). The appeal is made to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). You must fill out and file a “Notice of Appeal – Sponsorship Appeal” form, along with a copy of the refusal letter within 30 days of the date that you received the sponsorship refusal letter.

Some Common Reasons the Sponsorship May Have Been Refused

  • The sponsored family member may have a criminal record
  • The sponsor may not have the financial means to support the family member at their arrival in Canada
  • The Canadian government may not believe that the marriage/common-law partnership is genuine

Whether you choose to appeal the sponsorship refusal written or orally, our lawyers have the experience to carry out either appeal process and help you get back on track for becoming a sponsor for your family members.