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Failed Marriage Applications.

Spousal Appeal

This pertains to a failed marriage application before the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD).

When an application to sponsor a spouse for Canadian permanent residency is refused, the sponsor has a right to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD).


Common reasons for refusal include:

  • the sponsored spouse has a criminal record

  • the sponsor is in receipt of social assistance

  • the sponsor is in default of sponsorship undertaking (agreement)

  • the spousal appeal before the Immigration Appeal Division was not filed within 30 days of receiving the refusal letter

  • if the marriage is deemed to be a marriage of convenience (or marriage to get permanent residency)

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