Immigration Appeals

Immigration Appeals

The Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) is an independent tribunal contained within the IRB (Immigration and Refugee Board). The IAD oversees immigration matters and is not a division of the federal immigration department, IRCC. Contact us for any Immigration Appeals.

All immigration appeals, including parent sponsorship appeals, of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are decided upon by members or judges of the IAD. These include residency obligation appeals, removal order appeals, refused family sponsorship applications, as well as parent sponsorship appeals.


Sponsorship Appeals

When Canadian citizens and permanent residents can appeal the decision to the IAD, it comes under sponsorship appeals. They make a sponsorship appeal when their sponsorship application for sponsoring close relatives, for example,a parent sponsorship appeal, gets refused by the IRCC. All sponsorship applications are not eligible for appeal. Applications rejected due to misrepresentation cannot be appealed.

It is prudent to consult an experienced Immigration Lawyer to make sure that you are following the appeal process and safeguarding your appeal rights. Parent Sponsorship and Spousal sponsorship constitute the majority of the sponsorship applications.

In the process of appeal, the sponsor has 30 days from the date of appeal to apply to the Immigration Appeal Division. The appeal can be sent to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) division in which case a hearing does not take place. Subsequently, the trial is scheduled for a hearing if not settled or sent to ADR. You can appeal to the Federal Court if the application gets rejected by the IAD.


Refugee Appeals

Refugee claim applications made by foreign nationals within Canada are managed by the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). If your claim gets rejected, you will need to file your appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) which typically decides upon the cases without any hearing.

Taking support from skilled Immigration Lawyers is recommended to make a strong and well-documented appeal that can eventually turn out to be successful.

Do note that appeals to the RAD is not allowed by the designated foreign nationals, and if your claim is considered to have no solid basis and is unfounded. Withdrawn and abandoned cases that were denied are also not allowed for the appeal including the cases which were referred to IRB before the implementation of the new refugee protection provisions.


Minister’s Appeal

In some instances, the Minister of Immigration seeks to appeal the decision where the refugee claimant gets refugee protection from RPD. You can respond to this appeal as your right. RAD can go ahead and decide as per its record and Minister’s documents if you fail to respond.

Do make sure that RAD’s guidelines are followed, and that your appeal is complete and well-documented. Winning an appeal is typically a situation where you have to prove that the RPD’s decision is wrong in fact or as per law. Strong documentary evidence will bolster your case and do submit copies to RAD and the Minister’s counsel.


If you want to know more about the immigration appeal process, please contact Tailor law. Our team would be happy to help you with your case and ensure that you have the best chance possible of success. Give us a call at 905-366-0202 to book your free consultation with one of Tailor Law’s family lawyers.

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