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Canada is fast emerging as one of the most popular destinations amongst international students. With the quality of education and the opportunities, it offers upon completion of studies, holding a Canadian educational credential is desired globally.

Top 6 Reasons Why Your Study Permit Got Rejected

With its high quality of education and life, Canada has become one of the top destinations for aspiring international students. However, to study in Canada as an international student, you must obtain a student visa. While the process is relatively simple, it has proven complicated for many who have had their visas refused or rejected. The high volume of traffic and Canada’s increasing popularity make it difficult to get a student visa.

Here, we will be talking about the top 6 reasons that could lead to the rejection of student visas, which will, in turn, help you to avoid those mistakes and lead to a better, seamless experience.

1) Letter of Acceptance: You will need first to obtain a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) in Canada. As an applicant for a student visa, you will attach the LOA with your application.

The immigration officer can reject your application if:

  • your LOA is not included in the application
  • he/she has a reasonable doubt with regards to the authenticity of the LOA provided
  • he/she fails to recognize your ability to meet the program requirements.

2) Finances: All international students applying for a student visa with Canada must submit a Bank Statement or a Bank Certificate. This is to prove that you can sustain yourself for the duration of your study in Canada.

According to the Government of Canada, you will need to provide evidence of funds amounting to $10,000 in addition to your tuition fees.

The immigration officer can reject your application if:

  • he/she finds any uncertainty in your ability to finance your travel, tuition, or daily miscellaneous costs for your duration of stay in Canada.

3) Exit from Canada: All international students hold a temporary status in Canada. As such, your temporary visa comes with an expiry date, and it is your responsibility to provide evidence to the immigration officer of your intent to return to your home country before the visa expires.

The immigration officer can reject your application if:

  • he/she doubts your intention to return to your home country based on your travel history, family ties in Canada, family ties in your country of residence, or the purpose of visit to Canada, amongst others.
  • He/she has reasonable doubt about your financial status, history in Canada, current immigration status in the country of residence, and other such factors.

4) Travel or Identity Documents: As an applicant for a Student Visa, you will need to provide all appropriate and authentic documents for your application to be processed. You will also need to provide a valid passport copy, recent photographs, and completed application forms.

The documents you need to apply for a student visa include Proof of Acceptance, Proof of Identity, Proof of Financial Support, amongst others.

Additional documentation may be required, including a Letter of Explanation, a Custodian Declaration for minors, etc. depending on the individual case.

The immigration officer uses these documents to judge your admissibility to Canada. Failure to provide necessary and valid information and documentation can lead to the rejection of your visa.

5) Education and Language Proficiency: All international students must declare the complete history of past academic performances. As much as your academic performance is important towards deciding your application result, your language proficiency also plays an equally important role.

IELTS Academic or TOEFL Academic are the two tests widely taken to demonstrate your language proficiency. The IELTS Academic test is the only valid and acceptable test to apply to Canada for a study visa with an overall minimum band score of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0.

The immigration officer can reject your application if:

  • he/she doubts your ability to cope with Canadian English standards if you have low scores on the IELTS Academic test.
  • he/she finds reasonable inconsistencies with your academic performances

6) Choice of Program: All international students need to justify the choice of program to the immigration officer for him/her to understand the logic behind your choice of program. A simple example of non-alignment in the choice of program could be a student with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the UK wanting to pursue Computer Science in Canada.

The immigration officer can reject your application if:

  • he/she finds reasonable non-alignment of the choice of program with the past education or work experience.

To ensure a seamless and hassle-free experience and a positive outcome to your student visa application, you must provide sufficient valid proof and documentation to the immigration officer.

FAQs

Canada follows a two-tier educational system – universities awarding degrees such as Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorates, while the other colleges offer vocational and diploma programs.

The primary option for a high school graduate would be to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree (4 years program); while the primary option for a graduate student who has completed a Bachelor’s degree would be to pursue a Master’s Degree (1 to 2 years program) or a Post Graduate Diploma.

A Master’s Degree is required to qualify for a Ph.D., though some universities offer a combined program where you can immediately start working towards your Ph.D. upon completing your Masters.

The value and importance of the Diploma Programs and Graduate Certificates offered by colleges are undermined by many, but they are beneficial for developing and enhancing your skills. They are meant to supplement your undergraduate degree.

To secure admission to a Canadian University Program, you need:

  • Your transcripts from the previous level program
  • Extracurricular engagements and
  • Proof of English Proficiency

For a graduate program, you need to have a Bachelor’s Degree equivalent to a 4-year Canadian Degree with a minimum GPA between 3.0 to 4.0 scale.

However, Indian Bachelors Degrees (3 years program) such as B.A. or B.Com. are usually not equated the same as a 4 year Canadian Bachelor’s Degree. To qualify for many Masters Programs, a post-graduate diploma/ master’s degree is usually required.

In case of such a conflict, you may contact the university/college you are applying to and request them to review your 3 year Bachelor’s Degree on a case-to-case basis. Many universities do consider Indian degrees on such a basis when enrolling for a Master’s Program.

 

**All degrees must be awarded by a recognized tertiary education provider.

The most common medium of instruction in Canada is English, and as such, all non-native English speakers are required to submit proof of English proficiency to be admissible.

The other medium of instruction in Canada is French, and as such, all eligible candidates are required to submit proof of French proficiency to be admissible.

The most common, preferred, and widely accepted international language test is the IELTS Academic test. The IELTS tests your ability to read, write, listen and speak English and assesses you on a scale of 0 to 9.0 for the same.

While most universities accept the IELTS Academic scores with an overall band score of a minimum of 6.5, it may be wise to contact the University or the DLI you are applying to and confirm the acceptable language tests with the minimum score requirements for admission make an informed decision.

However, please note, the CIC only accepts IELTS Academic for the processing of a study visa.

A Canadian program that is longer than 6 months requires you to apply for a Study Permit. The documents needed for your study permit include:

  • Offer Letter from the university applied to
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds
  • Proof of Character
  • Immigration Medical Exam
  • Police Clearance Certificate

The permit allows the holder to stay in Canada till the end date of the program or  90 days post early completion of the program, whichever is earlier.

The student is issued a temporary resident visa. Upon arrival in Canada, a visa officer will check your credentials at the port of entry, and you will then be issued a study permit.

A valid study permit and Social Insurance Number (SIN) is mandatory if you want to work in Canada while pursuing your studies.

During the course of your studies, the Canadian Study Permit allows you to work on campus for a designated employer of the university. If your program requires you to work as an intern, then you need to apply for an additional work permit. You can only work during the course of your studies – not before or after!

As a full-time international student at a designated learning institute, you can work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week. This entitlement does not require a work permit, but you need to be enrolled in a post-secondary program that is a minimum of 6 months, eventually awarding a degree, diploma or certificate.

Upon graduation from certain programs, you become eligible for a Post-graduate Work Permit (PGWP), which allows foreign nationals to stay and work in Canada.

Please note, the conditions of eligibility are subject to change with each work permit.

Canadian education and work experience can ultimately add points to your PR application and therefore help you qualify for a Permanent Residence (PR) status in Canada. This is an immense advantage for foreign nationals to study and work in Canada.