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Canada’s 4 Study Permit Refusal Reasons And Your Options

One of the most sought-after locations for students is now Canada. The number of students requesting study visas has dramatically increased due to the rise in international students attending Canadian universities and colleges. However, not every student receives a study permit; the IRCC estimates that at least 30% are turned down. If your application for a study permit is rejected, you have two choices: file an appeal or reapply, this time addressing the rejections. You can learn about the four most frequent causes of study permit denials in this post, along with what you can do about each one.

Reason 1: The visa officer is not convinced you will leave the country after your studies

A temporary visa is a study permission. As a result, it has a validity term and an expiration date. When applying for a study permit, you must show the visa officer that you will leave the country when it expires. It does not stop you from asking for a permanent residence or an extension of your study permit. The government has developed a few programs to enable students go from temporary residency to permanent residence or to stay and work in Canada after they complete their studies.

It suggests that the visa officer must believe that you will be able to exit the country after your status expires without breaking the law. If you don’t offer good reasons for wanting to go home, this is usually a problem. In most circumstances, the single chance to address this matter is in your personal statement. If your initial application doesn’t convince the immigration officer, you should amend your statement to allay their worries.

You can list justifications for going back home in your revised personal statement. Possessing a family back home, career possibilities, property, etc., are just a few examples.

Reason 2: Lack of sufficient funds 

When you apply for a study permit, you must demonstrate that you have the money to pay for your airfare to Canada, your tuition, and the living costs of any family members who will be staying with you while you attend classes. Six months worth of bank statements are frequently required by the government to confirm that you have enough money. Therefore, if you lack the means to sustain yourself and your family in Canada, your application may be denied.

You should pay special attention to the financial documentation you submitted with your application in case it is rejected due to a lack of cash to maintain yourself.

Keep in mind that the quantity of money you list on your application should be adequate to convince the visa officer that you have the resources to support yourself. You are not required to spend so much money, though.

Reason 3: Choice of program 

Occasionally, applications for study permits may be turned down if the visa officer doesn’t comprehend the justification for your chosen program.

For instance, a person with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from India and four years of nursing experience who wants to study hospitality or travel management does not explain the program decision. The applicant’s educational background and professional past also don’t seem to be a great fit for the Canadian program that has been selected. If, given your prior education or professional experience, the program you have chosen seems out of the usual, you must specifically explain why in your personal statement. Accessing the notes of the visa officer can also be very helpful.

Even if they don’t seem clear, applicants usually have good reasons for choosing the colleges they do. You must make sure the immigration officer understands your decision-making process by making your motivations obvious to them.

Reason 4: Your Letter of Acceptance is from a non-DLI 

Prior to submitting an application for a study visa, you must have received a letter of acceptance from a Canadian university or college. Your acceptance letter must be issued by a Canadian-designated learning institution (DLI) that is officially recognized by the state. You must also meet all program requirements. If the visa officer questions the veracity of your acceptance letter or your capacity to complete the program’s criteria, they may deny your application.

To fix this problem, you can reapply to a DLI and obtain a fresh admission letter. Assume, for instance, that the visa officer is concerned about your capacity to complete program requirements, such as the fact that you don’t have the necessary IELTS scores or that you don’t meet certain program requirements.

In that case, you can provide additional documents showing how you meet the requirements or reappear for IELTS with better scores.

Balwinder Kaur
Author: Balwinder Kaur

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