Results of the evaluation and reasons for refusal
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Results of the evaluation and reasons for refusal

Two decisions can be made following evaluation of your application:

  • Acceptance : If your undertaking application is accepted, you will receive a letter in the mail confirming its acceptance, a copy of the accepted undertaking application and an envelope containing the Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ - Québec Selection Certificate) which you must send to the sponsored person.
  • Refusal : If your undertaking application is refused, you will receive a refusal letter in the mail specifying the reasons.

    Reasons for refusal
    An undertaking application can be refused. Here are some of the most common reasons for refusal:
    • Social assistance: if you are receiving social assistance and you are not exempt from this condition.
    • Conviction for a sexual offence or crime against the person: if you have been found guilty of a sexual offence or crime against the person a member of your family in Canada or abroad or an attempt or threat to commit such a crime.
    • Failure to fulfill a previous undertaking: if the person you sponsored has received social assistance benefits and the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS) determines that, based on the rules, you have defaulted, your application will be automatically refused, unless you are able to demonstrate that you reimbursed all sums due.
    • Failure to pay alimony: if, over the last five years, you failed to respect your obligations and a judgment order was issued requiring you to fulfill your alimony obligations, your application could be refused unless you have subsequently reimbursed all sums due.
    • Financial incapacity: if your income is insufficient for an undertaking according to financial requirements.
    • Other reasons: if you are being detained or targeted by a removal order under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
    • The person you are sponsoring does not belong to the Family Class.
    • Submitting all the documents required: if you do not submit all the documents required or all supporting documentation, your application may be refused.

Appealing a refusal of your undertaking commitment

If your undertaking application was refused, you can appeal the decision before the social affairs section of the Tribunal administratif du Québec (TAQ).

Once you have received the letter indicating the reasons for the refusal of your application, you have 90 days to file an appeal with the Tribunal. Information concerning how to proceed with an appeal is contained in the refusal letter.

Upon receipt of your application for appeal, the TAQ will hold a hearing where you will have an opportunity to present your arguments and testimony by witnesses in support of your application, if applicable. After hearing both parties in the dispute, the tribunal has the power to confirm, modify or overturn the decision rendered by the department that reviewed your undertaking application.

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