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Canadian Study Permit Refusals

Canadian Study Permit Refusals
When a foreign student wants to come to Canada to study, they must get a study permit. The Canadian immigration officers are responsible for granting these study permits. However, the study permit can be refused by the immigration officers for several different reasons. When that happens, the immigration officers send the study permit refusal in a letter to the applicant. Here’s everything to know about Canadian study permit refusals.

What to do after your study permit is refused
When you receive a refusal letter, it may mention one or more of the predefined reasons for refusal. However, the refusal letter doesn’t mention any detailed notes about why the officer refused your application. But you, as the applicant, have the right to request detailed notes from the officer about why the application was refused. 

After you have received the officer’s notes, there are two actions you could take. 

1. Resubmit the application
2. Appeal for reconsideration

Resubmit the application
If the reason(s) mentioned on the refusal letter is valid in your opinion, for instance, you failed to fill in all the correct information or attach all the required documents, you should submit a new application. Appealing for reconsideration is not viable in such cases as the application will be refused again nonetheless.

Appeal for reconsideration
If you believe the reason(s) mentioned in the refusal letter is not valid, you can appeal for reconsideration. Be noted that this method is viable only when you firmly believe there has been a mistake and the application was refused without any solid reason.

Adjusting the start date for the program of study
In both the above-mentioned cases, i.e., resubmission of the application or appealing for reconsideration, the processing may take a considerable amount of time. Hence, you might not be able to appear in your DLI at the intended start date. 

In such cases, you should contact your DLI and inform them about your delayed arrival so they can make necessary adjustments to the start date.

Possible reasons for Refusals
There are many predefined reasons why an application might be refused. These reasons are set up by IRCC and indicated on the refusal letter. However, you can also request additional notes from the immigration officer to better understand why your specific application was refused. 

Here are some of the most common reasons an application may be refused.

  • IRCC requires you to have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees in the first year of study and to accommodate your cost of living. If you fail to demonstrate your proof of financial support, the application may be refused. 
  • In your study permit application, you need to prove you have good reasons to return home after completing your study in Canada. If you fail to do so, the immigration officers may feel you intend to stay in Canada illegally and may refuse your application. 
  • If you don’t pick the right program or level of study, the officers may question your choices and refuse your application. For instance, if you have a Bachelor’s degree in medicine and you apply to study business management in Canada, the officers may refuse your application. 
  • If the immigration officers think your letter of acceptance is fake or you don’t meet the program requirements, your application may be refused.
  • If the IRCC is unable to verify your identity through the ID and travel documents you provided, your application may be refused. 


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