GET OVER THE REFUSAL OF YOUR STUDY PERMIT About 30% of all applications for study permits are turned down, according to figures from the IRCC. Given how well-liked studying in Canada is, that amounts to tens of thousands of potential students whose study permit applications have been rejected.
Nadia Bhuptani, an educational counselor with The Canadim Team, offers some guidance on what to do if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada rejects your application for a study permit.
What Can I Do If my Canada study permit get rejected?
If your study permit application is refused by IRCC, there are two courses of action you can take:
- Appeal the refusal, or;
- Address the reason(s) it was refused in a new application.
In order to succeed in either situation, you must first comprehend the reasons your application was denied. In most cases, the refusal letter you receive will provide the main justification for the rejection. To better understand how to address the issues raised, you can also ask to see the notes the visa officer made while reading your file.
1. IRCC questions your ability to financially support yourself
You must provide evidence when you apply for a study visa that you have enough money to cover the cost of your travel to Canada, your tuition, and the living expenses of any family members who will be staying with you while you are enrolled in classes.
It’s referred to as “show money.” The government typically requests six months’ worth of bank statements to verify that you have enough display money. The government may reject your application if they don’t think you have enough money to maintain yourself and your family in Canada.
How to address a problem with show money:
If IRCC rejects your application because it has concerns about your capacity to sustain yourself financially, you should carefully examine the financial records you sent with your application. Make sure you respond to the visa officer’s concerns and provide additional documentation to demonstrate that you meet the show money criterion.
The amount of show money required is sometimes intimidating to clients who don’t want to spend such a large amount. Don’t worry! You do not need to spend the show money. You only need to show the Canadian government that the funds are available to you, if you need them.
2. IRCC questions whether you will leave the country after your studies
A study permit is a temporary visa, hence it has an expiration date and a period of validity. You must demonstrate to the visa officer in your study permit application that you will depart the country when it expires.
This does not preclude you from requesting to stay permanently or to extend your study permission. In reality, the government has created a number of programs to aid students in either making the move to permanent residency or helping them stay and work in Canada after finishing their education.
What it means is that the visa officer has to trust that you will not stay in the country illegally when you are out of status. Usually, this is a problem if you don’t demonstrate that you have good reasons to want to return home.
How to address a problem of intent:
Usually, your personal statement is the only place where you can address this issue. If the visa officer isn’t persuaded by the explanation you’ve given them, you should revise your statement and try to directly address their concerns. Consider the idea of dual intent. Dual-intent applicants can intend to enter Canada temporarily to study or work while also planning to remain there permanently.
Providing the visa officer with a convincing narrative for why you want to come study in Canada, and why you will return home after you graduate, is one of the trickiest parts of your application. In-depth knowledge of the kinds of things that can concern visa officers, and how to address them, can go a long way here.
3. IRCC questions your choice of program
Applications for study permits may occasionally be rejected if the visa officer doesn’t comprehend the reasoning behind your program of choice. Someone who wishes to study hotel management and has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Philippines and four years of experience as a nurse, for instance, might be questioned. The applicant’s educational background and career history don’t seem to be particularly well matched with the chosen program in Canada.
How to address a problem with program choice:
If the program you have chosen seems odd, given your past education or work experience, you need to clearly explain why you want to study it in your personal statement. This is another case where seeing the visa officer’s notes can really help.
Even if it doesn’t seem obvious, applicants usually have good reasons for choosing the programs they apply to. In the example above, maybe the nurse’s uncle recently purchased a hotel, and he or she wants to change career paths to help him manage his business. However, you have to clearly communicate your motive to the visa officer so they can understand your choice.
4. IRCC questions your letter of acceptance
Before you can apply for a study permit, you have to receive a letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institution. The school that issues your letter of acceptance has to be a registered Canadian educational institution. You also have to meet all program requirements. If the visa officer doubts that your letter of acceptance is genuine, or that you have actually met the program requirements, he or she might refuse your letter of acceptance.
How to address a problem with your letter of acceptance:
Review the school documents that you submitted. Make sure that all of the documents are clear and easy to read, and provide any additional supporting documents that you can.
Unfortunately, there are some fake institutions designed to cheat people out of their money by issuing fake acceptance letters and charging application and tuition fees. Check to make sure that the school you were accepted to is on this list of designated learning institutions.
5. IRCC questions your travel or identity documents
If you don’t have a complete record of your travel history, or if your identity documents are unclear, IRCC may refuse your study permit application. IRCC must be able to identify if you are medically or criminally inadmissible to Canada.
How to address a problem with travel or identity documents:
Examine the documentation you submitted and the visa officer’s notes to determine whether time periods are problematic if the visa officer believes your trip history contains blank areas. Make sure you include further supporting documentation to cover these periods when you reapply.
Check your application again to make sure the paperwork were legible and clear if the issue is with your identity documents.
Remove any uncertainty from your application. You may rely on Attorney Renaud Dery and the experts at Canadim Law Firm to assist you in creating a thorough study permit application that anticipates and allays the concerns of the visa officer.
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