Table of Contents
- 1 7 Reasons For Study Permit Rejections
- 1.1 Not Proficient in English Language
- 1.2 Letter of Acceptance Missing
- 1.3 Choice of Program Questioned
- 1.4 Not Enough Funds
- 1.5 Bringing Family Members
- 1.6 Not Staying Permanently
- 1.7 Your Biometrics Were Not Right
- 1.8 Covid-19 Might Be a Factor
- 1.9 How You Might Lessen the Chances of Rejection
- 1.10 Can You Appeal a Rejection?
- 1.11 The Help You Might Need
7 Reasons For Study Permit Rejections
Have you had a rejection of your application to study in Canada? With many applications for study permits on the increase, a certain number are receiving rejection. Those seeking a bachelor’s degree face the highest probability of having a their visa turned down, while people seeking a doctorate have the least probability.
Before you get too upset, know that there may be ways to overcome this. First, you will need to assess the reasons for the rejection. As a certified immigration consultant, we want to help you determine why your application received rejection.
There are some common reasons that applications to study in Canada may not be approved. Here are some of the issues that can be the cause:
Not Proficient in English Language
Proof of proficiency, a requirement, must be submitted. International students, who are not native English speakers, must meet minimum language requirements, and if you fail to meet them, your application may be denied.
Letter of Acceptance Missing
You must show a letter of acceptance from a DLI (Designated Learning Institution) in order to be accepted. You will also need to meet the minimum entrance requirements for that college or university. If the visa officer does not think that you have met the minimum requirements, they will reject your application.
Is your school a designated learning institution dli ?
You might want to check to be sure that the school that you have in mind is on theDLI list. They will need to have a readiness plan in place for Covid-19.
Choice of Program Questioned
The officer will look at your choice of study to see if it fits with your educational background or work experience in your home country. If they question your choice, your application will be rejected. If your choice is close to your background, you may need to submit a detailed history of your education or work experience along with your application.
Not Enough Funds
You must submit proof of funds for your first year of study in Canada. If the officer doing the review suspects that you do not have adequate funds, they will reject the application.
A good idea is to have more than enough, rather than the minimum, for your first year. You will need to submit proof with documents supporting this. In addition to tuition fees, students need to purchase a GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate). This is a short-term liquid investment for a period of one year offered by Canadian banks.
If you have a student loan, you must also submit a document to prove this.
Bringing Family Members
You must also submit proof of funds for your family that is coming with you. Here are some guidelines relating to the documents and the funds that you will need to have.
Not Staying Permanently
Your application may not have convinced the officer that you do not plan to stay in Canada permanently. They must be assured, through the interview, that you plan on returning to your country to live, after your education here. If the officer thinks that you are a potential immigrant, they may reject your student visa application.
Were your documents readable and right?
Your documents must be in order, be easily read and complete. Otherwise the officer can reject them. You must provide proof that you plan to return to your home country. Did you provide a statement, written personally, of your intent to return? If your home country does not have many jobs and is not offering you a job when you return, the officer may think that you plan to settle here, which may result in rejection.
Your Biometrics Were Not Right
Proper scanning may not have been done, when biometrics were offered. Biometrics must be on-time and correct. There are certain sites where you can have your photo and fingerprints done before you leave your home country.
Covid-19 Might Be a Factor
Flights from some countries may be affected. You can find out more here.
How You Might Lessen the Chances of Rejection
There are some things you can do before you apply that will lessen the chance of a refusal of your student visa. They are the following:
Be sure your form is filled out correctly and completely. Leave nothing blank.
Write down a checklist of all the documents that you will need in order to apply.
As a student, you will need to upload a copy of the acceptance by a DLI.
You will need to show proof of finances. It is advisable to show a GIC, (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) by transferring CAD $10,200 to Scotia Bank. For Indian students, a GIC is available from ICICI Bank.
Mention all travel that you have taken. You will also need to list all rejections for a visa that have taken place.
Your statement of intent to study will be a very important document that receives consideration by the officer reviewing your case.
What is the statement of intent?
This is also called the SOP (Statement of Purpose) and is a paper you write. It is about 1,000 words and will reflect your personality. The statement contains past experiences as well as your goals for the future. It is an important step in the study permit processing time and will be considered by the visa officer as well as the university.
Can You Appeal a Rejection?
Yes, you can appeal a refusal. Steps to take include the following:
- Reevaluating your application
- Appealing the decision in federal court
- Submitting a new application
Submitting a new study permit application might be easier than using a judicial process.
The Help You Might Need
Having certified immigration consultants as well as a notary public can help you. You will then be assured that everything is correct, and you have the necessary documents you need.
As professionals who have helped others get their Canadian study permit as well as citizenship and more, CSHI is here to help with immigration concerns. Contact us to learn more, have questions answered and get help in successfully obtaining your permit to study in Canada.