Canada is one of the most popular locations for international students from all over the world and is home to some of the greatest universities and colleges in the world.

Every year, on average, more than 400,000 fresh students seek for study visas in Canada. For many students who live outside of Canada, attending a Canadian university is often the fulfillment of a dream.

Due to the high level of competition for study abroad opportunities, many hopeful overseas applicants receive rejections.

These suggestions look at the many causes of Canada study visa denials and offer advice on how to stay out of these situations to improve your chances of receiving a Canada study visa.

1. Express Your Intention to Depart Canada

Canadian immigration officials issue study permits to foreign students with the understanding that they will depart after their studies are finished. Students who don’t demonstrate this intent run the danger of having their application for a study visa to Canada rejected.

Prospective international students might indicate their desire to depart Canada by including a personal statement with their application. The statement can include the student’s ties to their family and their intention to return and work there after graduation.

Make sure your Statement of Purpose is compelling (SOP).

2. Present Adequate Proof of Funds

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has the right to refuse to grant a student a study visa if they cannot show that they have the financial resources to finish their degree in Canada.

In addition to their tuition for each study year, international students must demonstrate that they have at least $10,000 CAD in their possession. You can provide evidence for this claim using bank statements, money orders, or Canadian bank accounts. They can also present documentation showing that they have paid for their home and education.

One of the most crucial requirements that will improve your chances of receiving a study visa in Canada is providing “Proof of Funds” that will cover your entire cost of living.

3. Present All Required Documentation

Prospective international students must provide a list of supporting documents together with their application for a study visa. Several copies of the following are included in this:

  • Acceptance letter
  • Diplomas
  • Educational diplomas
  • Evidence of money
  • Scholarships and other forms of financial support
  • Reference letters from those who have given the applicant financial support, etc.

Send all essential documentation, together with any additional documentation that IRCC may seek, as soon as you can to enhance your chances of receiving a study visa.

4. Obtain a medical report and police clearance

A candidate’s application for a study visa may be rejected if they are unable to successfully complete their police clearance. This police clearance requirement was put in place to make sure persons who received study visas did not have any prior arrests.

Applicants who are denied a police clearance must offer sufficient proof that they made an effort to get one from the appropriate authorities. They must also write a letter outlining their attempts to get one.

Your chances of getting your visa approved are likely to decline if you decide to withhold your police clearance from the application procedure without giving a justification.

5. Up-to-Date and Complete Information

If an international student wants to apply for a study visa, they must accurately complete the IMM 1294 form. There are various sections on this form, including:

  • Personal information
  • Spoken dialects
  • Passport
  • National identification card
  • Contact details
  • Specifics of the proposed study in Canada

Your application may be rejected if you omit any required information or if you lie on your application. In certain circumstances, the IRCC may reject the applicant’s application or bar them from entering Canada for a while. Ensure that all pertinent fields are correctly and thoroughly filled out.

6. Demonstrate Strong Language Ability

Students applying for student visas must demonstrate their ability to communicate in either English or French. They can prove this by supplying their IELTS results.

International students must have an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher to qualify for a student visa.

If your score is low, you should invest time in developing your language abilities through classes or other means. You should retake the IELTS till you get the necessary score.

7. When to apply

From the perspective of the school and the Visa, the earlier a student applies for a program, the better.

Schools typically publish the grades required for admission to a program. These marks are utilized when applications are submitted early, which reduces processing time. Schools typically become busier as the deadline approaches and take longer to review applications because of the volume.

The needed marks may be greater than stated on a school’s website because many colleges will collect applications so they can compare pupils and select the top applicants.

According to statistics, visa officers are more likely to approve student applications when there are at least two months until the student’s program start date. Therefore, if it takes a month to obtain a visa in your nation, the student should apply for the program three months before it begins.

You can determine the ideal time to apply for your students for various school intakes by adding the school’s processing time (September, January & May).

Please be aware that this is only stating that there is a benefit to applying early rather than later; it is not a guarantee that you will receive a visa or be accepted.

Also keep in mind that they typically stop accepting applications three months prior to the start date.

8. Gap in education

You must include a CV or describe your activities during any educational gaps of six months or more.

Only high school graduates make excellent candidates up to three to five years afterwards. In most countries, there is extremely little likelihood of obtaining a VISA once a student has been out of high school for more than 5 years.

After receiving their diploma or degree, students can apply to postgraduate and master’s studies for up to 5 to 7 years. The likelihood of receiving a visa is far less likely after seven years. The sole exception to this regulation is if the student has been employed in a high-ranking position by a major international or worldwide company during this time.

A Visa office will only accept job experience related to a subject you are qualified to study if you have at least two years of it.

9. Background of the Student Fits the Selected Program

You have a slim probability of getting a visa if you apply to programs that are unrelated to what you have already studied or to your professional experience.

Choose courses that are relevant to your professional or academic experience. If you are applying for a program based on your work experience, kindly provide a resume. You always have the opportunity to switch programs at a college or university once you’ve enrolled in one if you decide it’s not what you actually wanted.

10. Education level of the student

Additionally, individuals applying for a second undergraduate degree are turned away by the visa offices (especially in the same field). Apply for a postgraduate or master’s degree to correct this.

Alternately, you can apply to a master’s or postgraduate program at a university that also offers the undergraduate program you’re interested in, giving you the option to switch degrees if you don’t like the post-graduate one.

Please be aware that you can apply for a 4-year undergraduate degree with a 2-year degree. You must demonstrate how the program relates to your history and that you have completed the necessary prerequisite courses.



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