7 Common Reasons for Why a Study Permit in Canada is Refused

When students from foreign countries wish to study in Canada, they will need to obtain a study permit and an entry visa before they can begin their studies abroad. There is a process for applying for both of these documents through the Canadian government. Recently there has been a rise in applications, and it has been said about 30% of the overall applications are refused for some fairly common reasons. If your application has been refused, it could be because one of the following commonly noted reasons for rejection.

Financial insufficiency 

Studying abroad is fairly expensive; therefore, each student will have to prove that they have the finances to support themselves while they are in Canada. 

Students can address this by showing sufficient documentation that they have enough finances to financially support themselves for more than the period that they will be staying in Canada.

Program choice

If the choice of program of the applicant doesn’t align with their previous academic history or employment background, then the immigration officer may question or refuse their application on that basis. 

Students can include a personal statement on why they’re choosing a specific program, if they wish to, in the case where they are looking for an employment change. 

Acceptance letter

When students apply for a study permit, they need a letter of acceptance from a Canadian learning institution. If the letter is questionable, or non-existent, then the application may be rejected. 

In addition to the letter, applicants have to be able to meet the minimum entry requirements for the specific institution they are applying for. If the immigration officer isn’t sure that they do, then they may also reject the application. 

Language proficiency 

All applicants for a study permit must be able to prove their proficiency in English. They must meet the minimum test scores on a standardized English proficiency exam. 

No intention to stay 

When it comes to studying in Canada, the permit and entry visa is temporary and has an expiration date. International students must be able to prove to the immigration officer that they intend to return to their home country upon completion of their studies. If the immigration officer feels the student may fail to leave Canada upon the expiration of their visa, they may reject the application. 

Incomplete travel or identity documents 

All applicants have to make sure their travel history is justified and they have the sufficient documents to support it. Moreover, the identity documents have to be clear and easily readable so that the immigration officer can verify who it is they are reviewing an application for. 

Intent of return to home country 

It is up to the applicant to prove, during their interview, that they are going to return to their home country. This isn’t to say that the applicant cannot apply for an extended study permit or permanent residency, however during this process the applicant must provide adequate proof that they will be returning to their home country upon the completion of their studies. 

Studying in Canada can be an exciting opportunity for anyone, but there is a process for getting these documents in place. Applicants are responsible for having all of their documents in place and being able to prove to the immigration officer that they are who they say they are and their intentions are just to study in Canada. 

Contact Minhas Lawyers today

If you are looking to obtain a study permit to come to Canada, you can greatly increase your chances of getting accepted by working with an immigration lawyer. To arrange a consultation, contact Minhas Lawyers today. 

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