Canadian student visa: here’s why applications are rejected and how to avoid them

Student visa permit refusals to Canada have been on the rise since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and the ban on air travel in 2021. However, students have seen a sharp increase in refusals, especially in recent days .

Reports suggest that students who have IELTS scores of 6.5 to 7, a good academic record and a financial history have also been rejected.

A Radio-Canada News report indicate that of the more than two million temporary residence and permanent residence (PR) applications pending in Canada, nearly one million originated from India. The report also mentions that currently, Canada has a backlog of more than 2.4 million immigration applications as of June 29, up from 1.8 million applications in March.

This data was received from the Canadian Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Here’s Why Student Visas Are Rejected

Experts have suggested there has been a significant increase in visa applications among students for Canada due to declining interest in Australia and New Zealand.

Massive rejections and delays in visa approvals could be the result of this sudden increase in visa applications. Notably, the Canada visa application process has become quite a lengthy process involving a tedious process of 9-12 months.

Experts also cited the high pending rate of applications in different categories, documentation of fraud by students in some cases, licensing issues with some private colleges for increased student visa permit rejection.

Pending applications

A report by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration was tabled in the House of Commons of Canada in May, titled “Differential Treatment in Recruitment and Acceptance Rates of International Students in Quebec and the Rest of Canada “.

According to this report, in 2021, the total number of refused and processed study permit applications from India were 91,439 and 225,402 respectively. The refusal rate was almost 41%.

In the case of India, the number of PR applications stands at 96,378 and the number of temporary residence applications at 430,286. The total number of pending applications was 9,56,950, the highest in the world .

According to the report, the number of study visa permits increased by 52%, from 2,64,625 in 2016 to 4,02,427 in 2019, which was the highest since the launch of the study visa program. Canada.

However, in 2020, due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on travel and access to services to submit the documentation required for a full application, there was a 36% decrease compared to 2020, so that Canada had issued 2,56,740 study permits. .

Here’s how you can avoid being rejected

An essential step to avoid your application being rejected is to ensure that all the appropriate documents are ready on time. According to the official website of the Government of Canada, while applying for a student visa permit, you should have the following documents ready

-A letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) you will be attending

-If you are under 18 and coming from outside of Canada to study, you must study in a DLI with an approved COVID-19 preparedness plan, unless you qualify as a fully immunized traveler .

-As many documents needed for a complete application as possible

-A letter of explanation for any missing documents due to Covid-19

-If you plan to study in Quebec, you must provide a valid Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) or your letter of approval for your CAQ.

The website also warns: “We will not be able to finalize your study permit until you submit a complete application. Waiting to submit documents will cause delays in processing.”

Please also note that you must apply for a study permit before coming to Canada. Some people can apply for a study permit from inside Canada

Here is a quick document verification guide for your application

You need these documents to apply for a study permit:

-Proof of acceptance

-Proof of identity

– Proof of financial support

Here’s how to apply for a student visa permit in Canada

Students apply for study visas to Canada through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) and non-SDS categories. Here are the steps to apply for a student visa permit online.

Step 1: Make sure you have what you need

To apply online, you will need:

-A scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents

– A valid credit or debit card

Step 2: Read the instruction guide

Even if you are applying online, you must read the instruction guide before completing your application. The guide will explain how to complete each field of the form.

Step 3: Prepare your answers for the online tool

Before you can download your forms, you need to answer a few questions. These are used to create a personalized student document checklist.

Step 4: Know the fees you must pay

In most cases, your fees will include:

-Processing fees for you and anyone you include in your application


You must pay this fee at the end of the application

Third party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for medical examinations, police certificates, language tests and services at a visa application center if you use one.

You will not pay these fees in your online account. You will pay them directly to the third party.

Biometrics fees

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to provide your biometrics.

Step 5: Create your online account or log in

You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to:

-Pay your fees

-Send your application

-Check your status

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