A majority of international nationals need a study permit to study in Canada. Canadian immigration officers can approve study permits. A visa officer will send a letter stating the applicant’s reasons for refusing a study permit. It is not uncommon for a study permit to be denied to a foreign national due to various reasons.
A refusal by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to issue a study permit to foreign nationals results in two options:
- Appeal the Decision: A foreign national who believes their application meets all requirements set out by IRCC can appeal the decision to request a reconsideration.
- Submit a new application: If the applicant feels that the grounds for rejection are valid, they can submit a new request. The applicant should address any previous grounds of refusal in the new application. Also, applicants should check if any documents have been updated (start date for an acceptance letter, bank statements, etc.). The applicant should obtain these documents.
What to Do if your Application is Rejected
The visa officer will send a letter to the applicant if a study permit application has been refused. The visa officer will include the reasons for the refusal in the letter. The refusal reasons list does not provide any information beyond the basic facts.
The applicant can request the visa officer’s notes supporting the refusal of a visa application if it is rejected. These notes should be asked because they will inform the applicant about the best way to respond to the rejection. After the applicant has received the case notes from the visa officer, they can determine if the reasons for refusal were valid. If the study permit was denied for the right reasons (e.g., if the applicant did not include the required documents), it is best to submit a new application after correcting the mistakes.
A request for reconsideration can be made if the study permit is denied for reasons that the applicant feels are invalid. The appeal and resubmission processes can take a lot of time. If a study permit is not available in time for the applicant to start the program, they should contact the school.
Reasons to Reject
A Canadian study permit application can be denied for many reasons. These reasons will be noted on the refusal letter from IRCC. A foreign national can request case notes from the officer who examined their file to understand better why a visa was rejected. Here are some of the most common reasons a study permit might be denied:
1. IRCC Asks for Proof of Financial Support.
When you apply for a study permit, you must show that you have enough funds to sustain yourself in Canada. All international students must prove that they have sufficient funds to pay tuition fees and living costs for their families.
What can you do to address a problem requiring proof of financial support?
If the IRCC denies you for financial reasons, it is essential to carefully examine all financial documents you have submitted along with your application. It would help if you addressed any concerns raised by the visa officer. Additional documents are required to show that you meet the proof-of-funds requirement.
2. IRCC Questions Your Will to Leave the Country
Study permits are temporary visas. They have a validity date and expiration date. You must convince the visa officer in your study permit application that you will be leaving the country after your study permit expires. However, you can still apply for a temporary extension to your permit or stay permanently. The government offers many programs to assist students in staying and working in Canada after their studies or transitioning to permanent residence. It does not mean that the visa officer must trust that you won’t remain illegally in the country if you are not of legal status. This is usually a problem if the applicant doesn’t show that they have compelling reasons to return home.
How do you address a problem with intent?
Your statement is the best way to address these concerns. If the visa officer doesn’t believe you have provided a compelling narrative, they will need to revise your statement to address their concerns. Note: You can actively pursue permanent and temporary residence in Canada. You can do this by claiming dual intention in your application.
3. IRCC Questions You Choice of Study Program
Sometimes, study permit applications can be denied if the visa officer cannot understand your chosen program or level. The applicant’s employment and educational history may not be compatible with the selected program in Canada. A person with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Philippines and four years of experience as a nurse could be denied a study permit to study hotel management.
How do you address a problem in choosing a program?
Your statement should clearly explain why you are interested in the chosen program. Another example where the visa officer’s notes can be beneficial is this.
4. IRCC Question Your Acceptance Letter
All program requirements must be met. Before applying to study permits, you must first obtain a letter from a Designated Learning Institution in Canada. Your study permit may be denied if the visa officer suspects your letter of acceptance to be authentic or if you fail to meet the program requirements.
How do you address a problem in an acceptance letter?
Examine the school documents you have submitted. Check that the documents are easy to read and that any supporting documents you have provided are correct. For assistance in addressing the officer’s concerns, it is possible to contact DLI, who issued the document.
5. IRCC Questions Travel and Identity Documents
The IRCC can refuse to issue a study permit application if you don’t have a complete record of your travel history or if your identity documents do not match. To determine if you are criminally or medically inadmissible, IRCC must verify your identity.
How do you address issues with travel or identity documents?
Review your application to ensure that your documents are clear and easily read. If the visa officer believes there are gaps in your travel history, then review the records and the notes of the visa officer to determine which periods are problematic. If you are reapplying, make sure you include any additional supporting evidence that can be used to support these periods.