Reconsideration/ Reapplication

When an immigration officer rejects an application, you can ask for a reconsideration. Still, it’s important to note that you can’t simply request reconsideration because you do not agree with the decision. There should be reasonable grounds for you to reapply for any visa.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply as long as they provide sufficient information and documents to prove at least one of the following:

  • There has been a clerical error by the officer (e.g., they missed a document)
  • Humanitarian and compassionate reasons warrant reconsideration
  • You’ve identified an obvious factual or legal mistake
  • You have new evidence that could change the officer’s decision

How to apply?

You can submit a reconsideration request via the IRCC webform. If you know the officer’s email ID, you can contact them via email, too. However, you must ensure that the email will reach the final decision-maker. In a courteous tone, you must clearly mention your request. You must properly explain the reasons for your request to be considered. You must submit all supporting documents. Also, mention the humanitarian and compassionate angle of your case.

What happens next?

Positive outcome: There is a chance that your application is approved. Alternatively, your application might be reopened, and supporting documents or forms might be requested.

Negative outcome: There is a chance that your request is refused, and the application will remain closed. In the worst-case scenario, the request will be disregarded and unanswered.