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My Visa Was Refused. What Now?

If your visa application was refused, you may be feeling confused, anxious, or hopeless. For most immigrants, a visa refusal is a devastating blow. In some cases, individuals have either applied on their own or used an immigration consultant. Although this approach works for some people, others have more complicated cases that require the help of a highly experienced immigration lawyer.

If your visa was denied, you still have options. At Butkowsky Immigration Law, we have helped people from all backgrounds overcome a visa refusal. We are confident we can help you, too.

Your Options after a Visa Refusal

If your visa application was denied, you generally have three options. You can appeal, ask for reconsideration, or reapply.

Appeal/Judicial Review – An appeal or judicial review may be a good option if you believe the refusal was based on a mistake or incorrect information. If the refusal was issued while you were in Canada, you may have just 15 days to file your application while if the refusal was made on an application made outside Canada, you may have only 30 or 60 days to pursue your application depending on the type of application filed. As these time periods are quite short, it’s critical to work with an immigration lawyer to have the best chance of success on an appeal or judicial review. If a Canadian citizen or permanent resident sponsored your visa application, you may also be able to file an appeal at the Immigration Appeal Division.

Reconsideration – Reconsideration may be appropriate if immigration authorities refused your application because it lacked information or contained a mistake that is easily remedied.

Reapply – Finally, depending on the circumstances, it may just be easier, faster and more cost-effective to simply file a whole new application. The strategy that works best for you will depend on your situation and your goals.

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