Reason for Refusal of Visa - CIWSR | Canada Immigration Work and Study resources

Students who have been denied a study permit in Canada may find themselves in a stressful situation. After being admitted into a Canadian school (university, college, or other designated institution) and preparing a study permit application, it is important for applicants to understand why their application was denied.

Reasons for Visa Denied?

In most cases, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will give an applicant a letter explaining why their application was denied. IRCC can reject a study permit application for a variety of reasons, including an applicant’s inability to:

  • Show evidence of financial ability to support yourself while studying in Canada;
  • Pass the medical test (if one is required)
  • Convince the immigration officer that his or her primary reason for coming to Canada is to study
  • Convince the immigration officer that he or she will leave Canada once their study period is over

Depending on the reasons for the rejection, Applicants may be able to:

  • Consider the specified reasons for the rejection and submit a new application.
  • Seek legal advice for an official appeal of the decision.

Review of Canadian Study Permit requirements

The first thing to do when your Visa application get denied, is to review the eligibility criteria. In order to be eligible to study in Canada on a study permit, prospective international students must:

  • Have been accepted by a designated learning institution in Canada;
  • Prove that they have enough money to pay for: tuition fees, living expenses for themselves and any family members who come with them to Canada, and return transportation for themselves and any family members who come with them to Canada. ,
  • Be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada.
  • A police certificate (or certificates) may be required.
  • Be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary; and
    satisfy an immigration officer that they will leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay.

Exceptions to the above criteria may be made for foreign representatives to Canada and their family members, members of foreign armed forces from certain countries, foreign nationals with Registered Indian status, and individuals who wish to undertake a short-term study program in Canada (less than six months).

Applying for a review of the decision

Refusals for a Study Permit are typically a result of the applicant failing to satisfy one or more of the eligibility criteria. If an applicant can prove that he or she in fact does satisfy the criteria, he or she may have grounds to apply for a review by the Federal Court of Canada.

In most cases, a lawyer must apply for judicial review on behalf of a study permit applicant.

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