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If you want to sponsor a family member but your application was refused, you may be wondering what your next steps are.

Sponsoring Family Members Post Application Refusal

This blog post will go into detail about what options are available to you and what the process looks like when an application to sponsor a family member has been refused.

How To Sponsor A Family Member When Your Application Has Been Refused

If you wanted to sponsor a family member but your application has been refused, under most conditions you can appeal the decision.

How To Appeal

You have 30 days to appeal the decision. After this, a hearing will be held, which will require the presence of both the individual making the appeal as well as the Minister’s lawyer.

It is important to note that the IAD must adhere to the duty of fairness. As such, all participants will have knowledge of the main issues involved in the case so that they are able to respond to those issues adequately.

During the hearing, the IAD could either accept or deny the appeal and must provide reasons for doing so.

However, even if the appeal is granted by the IAD, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can still refuse the sponsorship. This could be due to financial reasons, criminal involvement or misrepresentation, to name a few.

This decision, however, can be appealed to the IAD. If this happens, the IAD then has the ability to grant what is known as discretionary relief. If the refusal was found to be legally valid, the IAD can accept the appeal on a legal basis or by considering the interests of a child who may be affected by various humanitarian factors.

For more information on sponsorship appeals and what options are available to you in the event that your application to sponsor a family member was refused, please visit our website by clicking here.

Max Berger Professional Law Corporation is a leading Canadian and full-service immigration law firm established in 1987. Contact us for more information.


Max Berger is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba and was educated at the University of Manitoba and York University. Mr. Berger is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. He has represented immigration clients from all corners of the world and in every area of immigration law.

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