Can I Be Refused Canadian Citizenship?

Many people who immigrate to Canada will eventually want to apply for Canadian Citizenship and receive all that goes with it, like the ability to vote. If you have been a permanent resident in Canada for a certain amount of time, you could be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenshipdenied

Canadian citizenship refusals

Unfortunately, like many immigration applications, Canadian citizenship can be denied. There are multiple reasons why this could occur. One of the most common ones is not meeting your residency obligation.

For example, when you apply to become a Canadian citizen as a permanent resident of Canada, you will have to prove that you have resided in Canada for three years out of the last four years. If you cannot prove this, or your proof of this is found to be suspect or fraudulent, you could be denied Canadian Citizenship.

If there is a mistake or omission on your Canadian citizenship application, you could also be denied Canadian citizenship. Mistakes can happen on behalf of you or the government that could result in a denial of Canadian citizenship.

Appealing a Canadian Citizenship refusal

You may appeal a Canadian citizenship refusal within 60 days of receiving notification that you have been refused. Keep in mind that you will have to appeal to the Federal Court of Canada in this instant, and will have to make comprehensive and effective arguments as to why your Canadian citizenship refusal should be overturned. Contact a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as you receive notification you’ve been refused – the “other” side will have lawyers and agents working for them, and you will have a definite advantage if you have your own.

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