OF REFUSED IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS
What to Do When You Receive
a Procedural Fairness Letter?
If you receive a procedural fairness letter in Ontario, it’s important to submit a detailed and accurate report that summarizes all the critical arguments of your case. A strong and well-thought argument can lead to a more favourable decision by the IRCC. Most people do not seek legal help when responding to a procedural fairness letter IRCC. Applicants who end up submitting a weak response often face a refusal. By working with a qualified immigration lawyer in Toronto, applicants can prepare a proper response that increases their chances of getting a positive outcome. It’s important to understand that there will be no other opportunity to respond after a refusal and this letter is a great chance to avoid some serious consequences that may come with a refusal such as being declared inadmissible to Canada or facing a 5-year ban if one is found guilty of misrepresentation. Speak to a professional after receiving a procedural fairness letter to assist in preparing a sufficient response.
Tips when submitting a procedural fairness letter reply
First and foremost, ensure you have a qualified legal advisor to represent you. Provide your lawyer with a copy of all relevant documents, including the fairness letter and a copy of your immigration file. Your lawyer may suggest obtaining further documents to address the concerns of the immigration authorities.
Procedural fairness letters usually have a specific format and it’s important for applicants to study and break down the letter to understand all areas addressed. The IRCC may allege misrepresentation if they have adequate evidence at that stage. As an applicant, you may need to request access to the information in your file which includes the electronic and physical notes of the immigration officer.
Additionally, take time to understand the scope of the allegations in order to provide the materials needed to prove your case. For instance, if the letter states credibility concerns regarding previous employment, you need to provide documents that prove otherwise. There are many cases where the IRCC sends a procedural fairness letter because of the applicant’s mistake by excluding critical information or due to a misunderstanding of the specific requirements of the immigration authorities.