FAQs - Assessment and Procedural Fairness

How is an application assessed to determine if it meets the MPNP requirements?

The MPNP’s assessment process uses a multi-step process for reviewing an application. Once an application is received following a LAA, the file is comprehensively assessed by a Business Immigration Officer. If the assessing officer is able to make a positive assessment with the information and supporting documentation contained within the application, an approval recommendation is reviewed by another Officer and Senior Management of the MPNP.

If the assessing officer is not satisfied your application meets all MPNP requirements and cannot recommend approving your application, a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL) will be sent to you and your authorized representative (if applicable). The PFL will outline the officer’s concerns and allow you up to 30 days to respond. The MPNP believes that this time period will allow you a fair opportunity to respond to the concerns outlined in the PFL. Upon receipt of information from you regarding the PFL or after the specified period has expired, the officer completes his/her assessment of the application. The final step is for the officer’s recommendation to be reviewed by another Officer and Senior Management of the MPNP. This multi-step process involving multiple officers of the MPNP ensures that each application is assessed fairly.

If I receive a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL) and respond, will my application automatically be approved?

The PFL provides you with a fair opportunity to satisfy the concerns raised by the assessing officer. The response you provide must satisfy all of the MPNP’s concerns raised in the PFL. Subsequently, the application will be assessed taking your response into consideration, but this does not guarantee that your application will be approved.

What happens to my application if I do not provide a response to a PFL within the specified period?

If you do not respond to the PFL within the specified time frame, your application will be assessed based on the information currently available. If the MPNP’s concerns outlined in the PFL remain outstanding, your application could be recommended for refusal.

If my application is refused, can I appeal the decision?

All decisions are final. There is no appeal process to the MPNP after a decision has been rendered. The MPNP has implemented the Procedural Fairness Policy to allow you to address concerns prior to the MPNP making a final decision.

If my application is refused after I have received and responded to a PFL, can I submit additional information for reconsideration after the decision?

No further consideration will be given to an application after the decision date. Any information submitted to the MPNP regarding a declined application will not be considered.

If my application was refused, can I reapply to the MPNP?

Yes. You may reapply to the MPNP after a period of one year from the date on the refusal letter.

If my application has been refused due to the identification of falsified documents, misrepresentation or concealment of material facts, can I reapply?

Yes. However, you will not be eligible to reapply for two years from the date of the decline letter. You must start the application process from step one. Applicants who wish to reapply must also adhere to all the application steps and processes outlined in the “How to Apply” section.

If I receive a PFL and withdraw my application from the MPNP without responding to the PFL, can I reapply?

You may reapply to the MPNP after two years from the date confirming your withdrawal from the MPNP. In this case, you must start the application process from step one of the “How to Apply” process. Applicants who wish to reapply must also adhere to all the application steps and processes outlined in the “How to Apply” section.