As a highly experienced Canadian immigration consultant with Empire Fly, I understand that the process of obtaining a Canadian visa can be complex and that a refusal can be a disappointment, especially for Nigerian citizens. However, it’s important for Nigerians to know that there is a way to appeal a refused Canadian visa, and that is through the visa appeal process.
A visa appeal is a legal process that allows Nigerian citizens to challenge a decision made by a visa officer regarding their application for a Canadian visa. The process is done through the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).
Step 1: Determine eligibility: In order to be eligible to file an appeal, Nigerian citizens must have had their Canadian visa application refused. Additionally, they must not be inadmissible to Canada on security, criminal or human rights grounds.
Step 2: Gather required documents: To make an appeal, Nigerian citizens will need to provide a variety of documents as evidence of their application, including the refusal letter, any supporting documents that were submitted with the original application and any new evidence that they wish to submit.
Step 3: Complete the appeal application form: The appeal application form can be completed online, and it takes about 20 minutes to complete. The form will ask for personal information and the reasons why the Nigerian citizen believes the decision to refuse the visa was incorrect.
Step 4: Pay the appeal fee: The appeal fee is $100 CAD, which can be paid using a credit or debit card. After paying the fee, Nigerian citizens will receive a receipt of payment.
Step 5: Submit the appeal application: After completing the appeal application form and paying the fee, Nigerian citizens must submit the appeal application to the IAD within the required timeframe.
Step 6: Wait for the hearing: Once the appeal application has been submitted, the IAD will schedule a hearing. Nigerian citizens will have the opportunity to present evidence and call witnesses to support their case. The IAD will also consider any evidence and submissions made by the visa officer in their decision-making process.
It’s important for Nigerian citizens to note that the process of making an appeal for a refused Canadian visa can be complex and time-consuming, and it’s highly recommended that they seek the help of an experienced immigration lawyer. A lawyer can guide them through the process and represent them at the hearing, which can greatly increase their chances of success.
It’s also important to note that the appeal process is not a guarantee of a successful outcome, and it’s important to present a strong case with evidence and arguments that demonstrate why the original decision was incorrect.
In conclusion, if a Nigerian citizen’s application for a Canadian visa has been refused, it’s important to know that there is a way to challenge that decision through the visa appeal process. While the process can be complex and time-consuming, with the help of an experienced immigration lawyer and proper preparation, Nigerian citizens may be able to successfully overturn the decision and achieve their goal of obtaining a Canadian visa.