Published On: November 13th, 2023 / Last Updated: November 9th, 2023 / 2.9 min read /

Essential Guide: Withdrawing Your Canadian Visa or Immigration Application – Steps to Follow!

There are occasions when withdrawing a Canadian visa or immigration application becomes necessary, for a multitude of reasons. Understanding the implications is crucial, as is familiarizing yourself with the necessary procedures. In this discussion, I’ll be addressing these important concerns.

Why to withdraw your Canadian Visa Application

There are many reasons why you may want to withdraw your visa or immigration application to Canada, below are some possibilities, due to which you may choose to withdraw the Canadian visa application:

  • Alterations in your personal situation that render the continuation of the application unfeasible. Such changes could encompass adjustments in family dynamics, financial status, employment situations, and so forth.
  • A suggestion from an immigration officer is to withdraw your application.
  • The approval of one application by IRCC when you have multiple applications in process.
  • Change of heart
  • You received a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL) from an officer, to which you’re unable to provide a satisfactory response. But hold on, remember, withdrawing an application cannot be used as a means of misrepresentation.

While the above enumeration is not comprehensive, it offers a snapshot of common grounds for withdrawing an application.

Types of Canadian Visa Applications you can withdraw

There are many types of applications you can request to withdraw but not all applications are equal and free of consequences.

  • Applications are in process and a final decision has not been rendered.

Canadian Visa Application you may not be able to withdraw

  • An investigation is ongoing regarding potential misrepresentation or other issues that could affect your admissibility.
  • An Application for which a decision has been already made

How to withdraw the application from IRCC

In some instances, an application might take place at a Canadian port of entry. If you’re attempting to enter Canada and an officer is inclined to deny entry, you might be asked to sign a voluntary departure form or receive a Direction to Leave Canada. In other words, you are given the option to withdraw the application at the port of entry airport, or land border.

For applications handled online or via paper, it’s uncommon, but if you have the visa office’s email address that’s processing your application, you can directly communicate your wish to withdraw by sending an email. It’s beneficial to attach any supporting documents that justify your decision. But for more complex situations, like withdrawing after receiving a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL), it’s advisable to seek expert advice.

Should you lack direct email contact or are uncertain about using it, the IRCC web form is your go-to resource. To initiate a withdrawal through the updated web form, you can follow certain steps.

Remember, immigration rules can be a bit like Canada’s weather—ever-changing. So, always double-check the latest guidelines or chat with an immigration consultant to get the latest scoop. Good luck on your journey, eh? 🍁

If you’re ever unsure about anything or need help understanding immigration regulations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a qualified immigration professional for assistance.

You can book a consultation for case-specific queries.

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