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Appeal an immigration decision

If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) refuses your immigration application, you may have a right to appeal the decision. This right will depend on the immigration category that you applied under. When you receive a refusal letter from the IRCC, a deadline is usually stated for you to complete the appeal process. It is important that you act fast to meet the deadline to avoid any further delays for your immigration matter. 


Some people are not allowed to come to Canada. They are “inadmissible” under Canada’s immigration law. There are different reasons you may be found inadmissible, such as security, criminal or medical reasons.

Normally, if you are inadmissible to Canada, you will not be allowed to enter the country. If you have a valid reason to travel to Canada that is justified in the circumstances, you may be issued a temporary resident permit.

Enforcement and violations

Immigration and citizenship enforcement refers to the actions taken by government agencies to ensure compliance with immigration laws and regulations, as well as to uphold the integrity of the citizenship process. These enforcement activities are typically carried out by dedicated agencies or departments responsible for immigration and citizenship matters within a country.

Authorization to Return

If you have been the subject of a removal order from Canada, you will probably need an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC) if you want to return. Whether you need one depends on the type of removal order that was issued.
A. Types of removal orders
There are three types of removal orders. You can find the form number to determine the type of removal order in the document you received from IRCC before you left Canada

Criminal rehabilitation/Pardon

Criminal inadmissibility can stop someone from being able to enter Canada without special authorization from Canadian immigration officials.
Criminal Rehabilitation is an application process whereby a person requests absolution from the Government of Canada for a particular crime or crimes committed in a foreign country. Once an individual completes Criminal Rehabilitation successfully, they have a clean slate with Immigration Canada and will be able to travel to Canada without hassle from that point on. The Criminal Rehabilitation process only applies to those who have committed offenses outside of Canada.