Procedural fairness letters, also known as fairness letters, are used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to request additional information or to inform you about concerns with your immigration application. This communication often occurs when the IRCC has a reason to refuse your application, and they are offering you a chance to respond before they make their final decision.
Having a lawyer respond to an IRCC immigration procedural fairness letter is very important for several reasons:
- Expertise: Immigration law can be complex and nuanced. An experienced immigration lawyer understands these complexities and can help you navigate them effectively. They can accurately interpret the information requested or the concerns raised in the letter and can guide you in formulating a strong response.
- Preparation of Response: The way you respond to a procedural fairness letter could significantly impact the outcome of your application. A lawyer can help to ensure your response is thorough, well-structured, and effectively addresses the IRCC’s concerns.
- Preserving Rights: A lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected during the immigration process. They can help to ensure that your response to the fairness letter does not inadvertently harm your case or your rights.
- Time Sensitivity: Procedural fairness letters often come with a deadline for response. An immigration lawyer can help you meet these critical timelines.
- Language Barrier: If English or French (the two official languages of Canada) is not your first language, understanding and responding to the letter can be challenging. A lawyer who is fluent in these languages can bridge this gap, ensuring that your response is accurate and adequately addresses the issues at hand.
- Peace of Mind: Knowing that a professional with knowledge and experience in immigration law is handling your case can reduce stress and uncertainty.
However, it’s important to note that while it is beneficial to engage a lawyer to respond to a procedural fairness letter, individuals may choose to handle the process themselves. But due to the potential complexities and significant implications of such letters, professional legal assistance is generally recommended.