Sponsorship Applications for Spouses, Common-law or Conugal Partners

When sponsorship cases are refused the sponsor, who must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, is entitled to appeal the visa refusal to the Immigration Appeal Division. These appeals, which are also available in the case of other Family Class applications such as those for parents, grandparents and dependent children, may be resolved by a process known as Alternate Dispute Resolution(ADR), or at a formal Hearing. A spousal sponsorship refused because the visa officer does not believe the relationship is genuine (sometimes referred to by the government as a “bad faith relationship”) can often only be resolved by a Hearing. Other refusals, such as those generated by findings of medical inadmissibility or criminal inadmissibility, may sometimes be resolved by ADR.

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