Application Refused? When and How to Apply for a Reconsideration Request with IRCC?

Hello and welcome to SAAB Immigration’s blog! Today, we’ll be discussing reconsideration requests in the Canadian immigration process.

Firstly, what is a reconsideration request?

A reconsideration request is a formal request made by an applicant to have their case reviewed again by the immigration officer or department handling their application. This request is made when an applicant feels that their application was not assessed correctly or that an error was made in the decision-making process.

It is important to note that a reconsideration request is not an appeal. Appeals are handled by the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) and have different process and requirements.

When should you make a reconsideration request?

It is recommended that applicants only make a reconsideration request when they have new information or evidence that was not available at the time of the original application. Simply disagreeing with the decision or providing the same information again is not sufficient grounds for a reconsideration request.

However, this is not an exhaustive caveat, as occasionally a reconsideration request can be warranted in situations such as:

  • Oversight by a processing officer
  • Ambiguities in discerning case-related documents, etc

In such cases, a Reconsideration request may be the go-to option with a detailed explanation and re-attaching the supporting documents.

How do you make a reconsideration request?

Reconsideration requests must be made in writing (through a webform) and sent to the office or department that handled the original application. The request must include the applicant’s full name, date of birth, immigration file number, and a detailed explanation of the new information or evidence that is being submitted. It is important to provide as much supporting documentation as possible.

What is the timeline for a reconsideration request?

There is no set timeline for a reconsideration request as it can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the workload of the office or department. It is recommended that applicants follow up regularly and remain patient throughout the process.

In conclusion, a reconsideration request can be a valuable tool for applicants who believe that an error was made in the decision-making process.

However, it is important only to make a request when new information or evidence is available and to follow the correct procedures. We, at SAAB Immigration, have experience in successfully requesting reconsideration requests in a variety of cases in the past. If you have any further questions about the Canadian immigration process or a specific case, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Dikshit Soni, RCIC at SAAB Immigration for assistance.

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