Understanding Judicial Review in the Context of Canada Visitor Visa Applications


At Pax Law Corporation, we understand that applying for a visitor visa to Canada can be a complex and sometimes challenging process. Applicants may sometimes face situations where their visa application is rejected, leaving them confused and seeking legal recourse. One such recourse is taking the matter to court for a Judicial Review. This page aims to provide an overview of the possibility and process of seeking a Judicial Review in the context of a Canada visitor visa application. Our managing lawyer, Dr. Samin Mortazavi has taken thousands of refused visitor visa applications to the Federal Court.

What is Judicial Review?

Judicial Review is a legal process where a court reviews the decision made by a government agency or public body. In the context of Canadian immigration, this means that the Federal Court can review decisions made by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), including the rejection of visitor visa applications.

Can You Seek Judicial Review for a Visitor Visa Rejection?

Yes, it is possible to seek a Judicial Review if your Canada visitor visa application has been rejected. However, it’s important to understand that Judicial Review is not about reassessing your application or reconsidering the facts of your case. Instead, it focuses on whether the process followed in reaching the decision was fair, lawful, and followed the correct procedures.

Grounds for Judicial Review

To successfully argue for a Judicial Review, you must demonstrate that there was a legal error in the decision-making process. Some common grounds for this include:

  • Procedural unfairness
  • Misinterpretation or misapplication of immigration law or policy
  • Decision-maker’s failure to consider relevant information
  • Decisions based on erroneous facts
  • Unreasonableness or irrationality in the decision-making process

The Process of Judicial Review

  1. Preparation: Before filing for Judicial Review, you should consult with an experienced immigration lawyer to assess the strength of your case.
  2. Leave to Appeal: You must first apply for ‘leave’ (permission) to the Federal Court for a Judicial Review. This involves submitting a detailed legal argument.
  3. Court’s Decision on Leave: The Court will review your application and decide whether your case merits a full hearing. If leave is granted, your case moves forward.
  4. Hearing: If your application is accepted, a hearing date will be set where your lawyer can present arguments to a judge.
  5. Decision: After the hearing, the judge will issue a decision. The court may order IRCC to reprocess your application, but it does not guarantee visa approval.

Important Considerations

  • Time-Sensitive: Applications for Judicial Review must be filed within a specific timeframe after the decision (usually within 60 days).
  • Legal Representation: Due to the complexity of Judicial Reviews, it is highly recommended to seek legal representation.
  • Outcome Expectations: Judicial Review does not guarantee a positive outcome or a visa. It is a review of the process, not the decision itself.
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How Can We Help?

At Pax Law Corporation, our team of experienced immigration lawyers can help you understand your rights and guide you through the Judicial Review process. We provide:

  • Comprehensive assessment of your case
  • Expert legal representation
  • Assistance in preparing and filing your Judicial Review application
  • Advocacy at every step of the process

Contact Us

If you believe your Canada visitor visa application was unjustly refused and are considering a Judicial Review, contact us at 604-767-9529 to schedule a consultation. Our team is committed to providing you with professional and effective legal assistance.


The information on this page is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Immigration law is complex and changes frequently. We recommend consulting with a lawyer for specific legal advice regarding your individual situation.

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Shahrouz Ahmed · 27/04/2024 at 8:16 pm

My Mom’s visit visa was refused but we really need her here because of my wife’s medical condition.

    Dr. Samin Mortazavi · 27/04/2024 at 8:19 pm

    Please make an appointment with Dr. Mortazavi or Mr. Haghjou, our two immigration and refugee law specialists and they will be more than happy to help you with an Application for Leave and Judicial Review.

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