One of the most common refusals by the Canadian government (IRCC) is in response to study permits. The most common reason for a refusal is centered around the idea that the officer examining your application is not convinced you are coming to Canada as a genuine student and plan to leave after your studies are over.

This article will examine different ways to prove that you have no intention of staying in Canada beyond your studies. If the immigration officer has reasonable proof that the applicant’s intention is to study, the application must be approved.

It is important to note that every applicant is entitled to consult the detailed notes of the immigration officer who refused the application. Therefore, if you have been refused, it is crucial to consult the detailed notes before re-submitting a new application with the proper proof.

Nearly all refusals for study permits in Canada are rooted in section 216 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations:

216 (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), an officer shall issue a study permit to a foreign national if, following an examination, it is established that the foreign national

  • (a)applied for it in accordance with this Part;
  • (b)will leave Canada by the end of the period authorized for their stay under Division 2 of Part 9;
  • (c)meets the requirements of this Part;
  • (d)meets the requirements of subsections 30(2) and (3), if they must submit to a medical examination under paragraph 16(2)(b) of the Act; and
  • (e)has been accepted to undertake a program of study at a designated learning institution.
  • Refusal #1: Financial status
  • It is imperative that you demonstrate enough proof of your financial ability to pay for your studies and living expenses in Canada. The immigration officer must be convinced that if the applicant comes to Canada to study, they will have enough funds to pay for their studies as well as their living expenses WITHOUT working (even though working is allowed part-time).

Refusal #2: Family ties

  • Family ties in Canada and your country of residence is a very common refusal reason which tends to be very confusing and tough to understand. IRCC may refuse your application if you have too much family in Canada as well as not enough family in your home country. It is believed that the more family in Canada you have, the higher chances the applicant has of staying in Canada after their studies. Moreover, if the applicant does not have family in their home country, they have little ties and not much reason to return home. It would therefore be important, to show proof of ties back at home (for ex. Property, family, opportunities back home).

Refusal #3: Travel history

  • If an applicant has a history of overstaying their Visa in other countries OR has never left their home country, the immigration officer will issue a refusal.

Refusal #4: Employment situation

  • Each applicant must submit a study plan. This plan should explain the reasons they want to continue studying and what benefit this will provide to their career. It is important to clearly demonstrate how your studies in Canada will help you find a better job and increase your professional skills.
  • A very common reason for refusal would be if the applicant was not a student during the time the application was submitted. The applicant must explain why they are returning to study after stopping in their home country.

There are many ways to show proper proof of your intentions to study in Canada and return home afterwards. Contact our attorneys and legal team for further information!

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