If your Canadian citizenship application has been refused, we can appeal that decision to the Federal Court within 30 days of the refusal. Our Canadian immigration lawyers have represented clients in many judicial review applications and have experience to develop a strategy for overcoming the refusal of your citizenship application.
Grounds for Rejecting Citizenship
Grounds for the rejection of a citizenship application may include, but are not limited to:
- A conviction of an indictable offence in Canada or an offence under the Citizenship Act within 4 years of the application;
- Not meeting the residency requirements;
- The revocation of the Canadian citizenship because of fraud in the previous 10 years;
- A conviction or investigations for war crimes or a crime against humanity during your application; and/or,
- Being on parole, on probation, serving a term of imprisonment or under a removal order during the application.
Grounds for Revoking Citizenship
It is also possible to have your Canadian citizenship revoked on the grounds that you obtained, retained, renounced, or resumed citizenship by false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances. Gerami Law PC can assist in the appeal of the decision to revoke your citizenship and we can advise you on the proper appeal route to pursue (either administrative or through Judicial review in Federal Court).
Gerami Law PC also represents clients to resume their Canadian citizenship. To be eligible to resume a Canadian citizenship, a person must have been physically present in Canada for at least 365 days as a permanent resident during the two years immediately before their application, among other requirements. A person is not eligible for resumption of citizenship if their Canadian citizenship was revoked, or they are in prison, on parole, on probation, or the subject of a removal.. Specific rules also apply to individuals who lost their citizenship between 1947 and 1977. In that case, it is possible that the Canadian citizenship has automatically resumed.
An appeal to the Federal Court can be made within 30 days of a negative decision and we commence the process by filing your Notice of Application. Please contact our office to arrange for a Consultation and discuss how we can assist you with your citizenship appeal.