If you submitted a spousal sponsorship application and it has been refused, you can submit a sponsorship appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division. The Appeal Division will hold a hearing where you, the sponsor will appear in person and testify about your relationship. The Appeal might also have your spouse testify, either in person or by telephone conference if your spouse is outside Canada.
You and your spouse will have an opportunity to submit documentation to the Appeal Division to demonstrate the genuineness of your relationship for the Appeal Division to consider. If the Appeal is granted and the Board Member determines that the decision by the immigration officer was unreasonable, your spousal sponsorship application will be sent back to the Embassy or High Commission of Canada which processed your application and it will be re-determined by a different officer.
If your spousal sponsorship application has been refused, please contact our office and we will advise you, based on your specific case, if an Appeal is recommended.
Here are some additional resources to help you address a refusal.