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Top Reasons Your Canadian Student Visa Got Rejected and Useful Tips to Avoid

Apr 5, 2024 8:00 PM
Hana Emily
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Canada is becoming a popular destination for students who want to experience better education and have a better life. In fact, Canada is listed in the top 10 countries for study abroad. However, getting a Canadian student visa is not an easy process. It is estimated that 30-40% of Canadian student visa applicants got rejected annually. In this article, let’s find out the top reasons why your student visa gets denied and some useful tips to avoid.

Reason #1: Financial Stability

Before approving your application for a study visa in Canada, the immigration officers will make sure that you are self-sufficient financially and that you have the means to pay for at least one academic year's worth of tuition at the college that you intend to attend. This is required for them to issue you the visa, and you will be given the visa if they believe that you can pay for all expenses and tuition fees.

Students who are successful in their applications will often provide financial paperwork as evidence to prove they have enough financial capability to pay for their tuition fees and living expenses without working during their studies.  Students must submit all financial-related documents, such as bank statements, house ownership certificates, or job confirmation letters. These documents will help immigration officers to decide your eligibility to get a Canadian Student Visa.

For those who are sponsored by parents or legal guardians, a signed and notarized financial support letter needs to be submitted, alongside with all sources of funds.  

Canada Student Visa Refusal Letter

Canadian Student Visa Refusal Letter

Reason #2: Poor Academic Performance

The visa officials will review your transcripts and all academic certificates and make sure you have a steady academic performance history. Having a good and consistent academic performance in your home country is essential factor, but language sufficiency also plays a significant role in determining your visa approval. Students who wish to study aboard in Canada need to submit their English language certificates, such as IELTS or PTE with a score over 6.0 in IELTS or 58-73 for PTE exams.

Reason #3: Lack of Travel History

If you do not have a complete record of your travels or if your identity documents are unclear, visa officials have the authority to refuse your application for a visa. If the visa officer has reason to assume that there are significant gaps in your travel history, they will review your past travel records to identify whether time periods pose an issue. The visa authorities will verify your identity using the evidence you have provided in order to decide on whether or not you will be permitted entry into Canada owing to a medical condition or a criminal conviction.

In addition, if you claimed on the application form for your study permit that you had past travel experience. Still, if you do not have sufficient evidence to support this claim (for example, a previous passport with visas or stamps of entry and exit from the countries you visited), your application may be denied. If you could back up your travel history with sufficient documents and verification, that would be fantastic. Your forms of identification need to be simple and straightforward always to comprehend. Be sure to arrange your scanned papers in chronological order so that it is easy for the IRCC officer to interpret your online application.

Reason #4: Fraud Documents

The Canadian Government takes fraudulent documents very seriously and is considered as misrepresentation. Applicants who are determined to submit fake documentation will result in a visa denial or some extreme cases, Applicants will be banned from applying for any other type of Canadian visa and entering Canada for five years. It is important to note that the IRCC officer has available tools and resources for document authenticity. Therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants need to submit authentic documents. Otherwise, you will face severe consequences.

Reason #5: Medical Examination Result

Most student visa applicants need to get a medical exam at authorized IRCC physician in their country. Students are required to take a medical exam to ensure they do not pose any potential health risk to the Canadian public. For those who do not meet the minimum health require standards, their student visa will be refused. In some cases, IRCC will contact the applicants to do another in-depth medical exam if required. It is frequently seen that applicants that have Tuberculosis will usually be rejected.

Reason #6: Intent to Return to Home Country

Canadian Student Visa is just a temporary visa, meaning that visa-holder must leave Canada at the end of their stay. The applicants need to show evidence that they will return back to their home country after the completion of the course. If your evidence to return back to your home country is low, the visa officials will deny your application.

Although many international students wish to stay and get Canadian PR, you must not mention that in your application. Instead, you must demonstrate your eagerness to leave Canada after you finish studying. Applicants might want to write a Study Plan to convince visa officials that there are many job opportunities in their home country that they want to return to.

Reason #7: Study Program Does not Match with Work Experience

Applicants need to make sure that there will be consistency in their choice of program and their work experience. Otherwise, the visa officials will deem your application illogical and refuse to issue you a student visa. For instance, if the applicant’s work experience is in the E-commerce field, but wants to apply for a PhD in International Relations, there will be a high chance student visa will not be granted.  

If the applicants’ work experience does not match with their study program, they must be able to explain why they choose that program and the connection that it will help them in their career. This will help visa officials to understand their circumstances and might be able to issue them a Canadian student visa.

Some Useful Tips to Avoid Visa Rejection:

  • Create a list of the necessary items that must be submitted with your application for a student visa to Canada.

  • Carefully fill out the application for the visa, and make sure to double verify all of the information.

  • Make sure that you upload a copy of the offer letter that you obtained from a reputable university in Canada and include it in your application.

  • The candidate is required to provide proof of financial stability if they are applying for the Student Partnership Program.

  • If you have previous experience that is related to the position, you should make sure to provide proof in the form of bank statements and pay stubs.

  • In the visa file, you should mention both your past travel history and any visa denials that may have occurred.

  • Make sure that you respond to all of the questions that are shown on the CIC website when you are submitting your application online.

  • Your declaration of purpose is an extremely important component in acquainting the visa officer with the applicant. Ensure you highlight both your previous academic success and your desire to pursue further education in Canada.

  • Write a Study Plan and explain any additional information that you wish IRCC want to read 

If you want to know how to apply for a Canadian student visa, click here

If you have any further questions regarding obtaining a Canada student visa, we are more than happy to help you via +1 315 715 8498 or [email protected] or visit our website to find related information. 

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