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ETA approved, VISITOR VISA refused

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Old 12-04-2017, 12:39 PM
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ETA approved, VISITOR VISA refused

Hi everyone,

Really not sure what my status is. Iím pulling my hair out because I have made plans to return but I want to make sure I am doing the right thing.

Earlier in the year I was in the country on a visitor visa. I applied for an extension which was refused and my visa was also cancelled. Long story short, they did not believe I was a genuine visitor. Far from the truth, and it made me deeply concerned. I truly fell in love with the country, and want to return! So, I applied for a Merits Review. I was granted a BV and departed the country on it. My Merits Review has finally been heard, and a favorable decision has been made for the department to reconsider. Iíll find out in a few weeks, about the same time I would like to return for holiday.

I never received notice of a 3-year exclusion, but I did try to apply for another visitor visa and was told I could not apply online while a decision is under review. I applied for an ETA online and was instantly approved. So now I am wondering if my status has been ok all along.

I am planning to return for Christmas with my approved ETA, but am concerned if border control will flag me when I get to the gates. I am simply not sure what my status is, and the biggest fear would be a 3-year exclusion I never received notice of. Maybe I never received one because my case was under review? Would I have been granted an ETA if there were any issues with my profile?

Thanks for your comments. I will keep the thread updated.

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Old 12-04-2017, 01:57 PM
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Don't rely on the ETA, I wouldn't be surprised to hear you got refused at landing.

Was there not a question that said "have you ever had a visa refused or cancelled"? How did you answer this?

$300 chat with an Mara agent is cheaper then $1500 in wasted airfares and 48 hours of your life gone.

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Old 12-04-2017, 02:27 PM
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The ETA application was basic. Never asked if I had a visa refused/cancelled.

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