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My application for a visitor visa was refused. Should I apply again?

No. If your application was refused, applying again with the same information, even with an immigration or travel agent, will not change this decision.

Your application may be refused because:

  • the official deciding your case has reason to believe you’ll stay in Canada beyond your authorized stay
  • you’re inadmissible to Canada

Applying a second time will not change this decision. It will only cost you more money and increase processing times for other applicants. However, if your situation changes, you may apply again with your new information.

Examples of your situation changing include:

Hiring an immigration representative doesn’t increase your chances of being accepted

Hiring an immigration representative also won’t change any previous decision on your application.

If anyone tells you you’ll have a better chance on your second application because they’re representing you, they’re not being truthful and are likely looking to take your money.

Learn how to choose a representative, and how to recognize common immigration scams.


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