Hello members, I really hope someone here is able to provide us with some advice regarding my common-law husband's case below. In February 2008 he made a claim as a Person in Need of Protection. I'm not really familiar with the proceedings of Refugee cases but he had to sign a departure order upon making the claim. His hearing was to take place in March '09 - He was advised to drop the Refugee claim during that one year period he was given and seek a company willing to sponsor him based on his trade skills. In July '08, he received a letter informing him that his case was fast tracked and the hearing would take place on September 30, 2008. He did not withdraw his claim and we naively thought he had a good chance of getting the claim accepted. Yesterday, however, we received the decision: denied. The letter said nothing about him having to leave the country or that departure order becoming effective. What happens now? Does anyone know? It does state that a Pre-Risk Removal Assessment application (if he is entitled to one) will be sent at a later date. Is there enough time to file a Spousal Sponsorship before he is given the boot? I do not want to be left behind without him. He and our newborn daughter are the only family I have in Canada but if baby and I leave with him, all the hard work and sacrifices hubby and I have made would be vain as we do not have any savings to start all over again back in our country. Also, would he need new police clearance/medical examinations, etc., if some of those requirements were already collected for his Refugee claim?