Individuals who have received a negative decision from an officer or the Immigration and Refugee Board have the option to ask the Federal Court to review the decision. The Federal Court process for reviewing immigration decisions takes place in two stages.

The first stage involves an application to the Court for leave (or permission) for a hearing before the Court. The application to the Court should be made within fifteen days of receiving the decision for decisions made in Canada, and within sixty days for decisions made outside. If leave is granted, a hearing will be scheduled before the Federal Court to hear the judicial review of the decision. If the judicial review is allowed, the matter will generally be sent back for a new decision.

Our office has extensive experience with judicial review of immigration matters before the Federal Court, including appeals before the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.