Judicial Review of a Visa Refusal – When all else fails!

Everything you wanted to know about the Judicial Review Process with Rekha McNutt

Getting your Canadian immigration visa refused is one of the most frustrating experiences a foreign national can go through. For many temporary visa refusals there is no appeal. You are left with refiling the application or considering a Judicial Review. Canadian Immigration Lawyer Rekha McNutt shares some fantastic insight on the process including when to file and when not to.


One of the calls I get more often than any other is from foreign nationals who have had their visitor visa, study permit, or work permit refused at a consulate abroad and they don’t know what to do next.

I often suggest that the client obtain a copy of the visa office file notes to understand the real reasons for the refusal. However, this can take a month or even longer to be obtained. If an error has been made by an officer and the decision needs to be challenged, a Judicial Review in Federal Court is typically the only option available…..and because of the very short limitation periods for filing a JR, there is no time to delay.

In this episode of the Canadian Immigration Podcast, I invited my good friend and Canadian Immigration Lawyer Rekha McNutt to share some insight on the Judicial Review process.

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Rekha is my go to person for Judicial Reviews in Calgary, Alberta.


In my interview with Rekha, we cover the following areas:

  1. What is a Judical Review?
  2. When it should be used and when to consider refiling your application?
  3. Rekha shared some examples of circumstances where it worked well and what happened?
  4. The Process Flow of a Judial Review – Step by Step!
  5. Top Take-aways

During the interview Rekha confessed that she is an avid motorcyclist / rider (I’m not sure what the cool term is). Her profile on her website is actually her riding her motorcycle. I had to include it below just for fun.

Rekha Motorcycle

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