Citizenship Appeals can be initiated by the applicant where an application for citizenship is rejected.  Alternatively, though uncommon, we are seeing an uptick in the number of positive citizenship applications  the Minister appeals on the basis that the judge who decided the matter, did so in error.  In either case the appeal is made to the Federal Court.

In addition to amending the citizenship laws to create more stringent conditions for approval, this government has also indicated that it believes that a large number of citizenship approvals have been obtained either through outright fraud and or misrepresentation.  As a result this government has been appealing positive citizenship applications, often on the basis that the Citizenship judge did not properly assess the residency evidence provided by the applicant.

In the event your citizenship has been appealed, you can represent yourself or retain a lawyer to represent your interests at the Federal Court.  Ultimately, you will have to decide whether it makes more sense to defend the appeal or allow the Minister to succeed and then re-apply for Citizenship.  If you have had your Citizenship appealed or the government seeks to revoke your citizenship, contact our office to arrange a consultation. Levine Associates can then assess the chances of success on appeal and recommend a course of action.

Please note: There is no solicitor-client privilege attached to this communication.  Sending an e-mail to Levine Associates will not make us your lawyers.  You will not be considered a client of the firm until we have agreed to act for you in accordance with our usual policies for accepting clients.  Unless you are a current client of Levine Associates, please do not include any confidential information in your e-mail, because no information you send us can be held in confidence, and no information we provide to you can be treated by you as legal advice, unless and until we have agreed to act for you.  There is no solicitor-client privilege attached to this communication.