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Jade’s tips for avoiding a Canadian Study Permit Refusal in 2023

Obtaining a Canadian study permit is a crucial step for international students who want to study in Canada, many students also come to Canada with the goal of transitioning to Canadian permanent residency status. However, the process can be complex, and it can be frustrating to receive a refusal when you’re ready to start classes in the Fall. To avoid a study permit refusal from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, international students should consider the following tips:


1. Start the Process Early

The earlier a student begins the application process, the better. Students should start researching their options and preparing their documents as soon as possible, at my practice, the general rule of thumb is that we apply one calendar year in advance to programs. This will give a student enough time to ensure that their application is complete and that they have all the necessary documents.

2. Ensure that the Application is Complete

One of the most common reasons for study permit refusals that I see is incomplete applications. It is important to carefully review the application requirements and ensure that all the necessary documents are included. The documents required for a study permit application may vary depending on the student's country of origin, so it is important to check the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the most up-to-date information, each visa office has its own document checklist that’s an addition to the general study permit application checklist, and so it’s important to review this as well when gathering your documents for an application.

3. Provide Accurate Information

Students must provide accurate and truthful information in their study permit application. If the IRCC discovers that the information provided is false or misleading, it can result in a refusal and even a ban from entering Canada. It is important to double-check all information provided in the application, including personal information, academic records, and financial information. This is especially important if you have had previous applications to Canada, as the officer will compare the two sets of information and ensure that the information matches.

4. Demonstrate Strong Ties to the Home Country

Another common reason for study permit refusals is the perceived lack of strong ties to the student's home country. Students must demonstrate that they have ties to their home country that will ensure that they will return after completing their studies in Canada, this is especially important for students coming from countries that have fewer opportunities for someone compared to Canada. This can include family ties, employment opportunities, community ties, or property ownership. When I put together a study permit application, I really want to show that a student has strong ties to family and that they live a comfortable life in their home country that they could go back to if need be.

5. Provide Evidence of Financial Support

Students must demonstrate that they have enough financial support to cover their living expenses and tuition fees while studying in Canada. Students should provide detailed information about their financial situation, including bank statements, proof of income, and any scholarships or awards they have received. It is also important to show that the student has enough funds to support any family members who may be accompanying them to Canada. Canada currently requires that a student show that they have enough for tuition plus $10,000CAD for study for their first year. If your family will come with you, this amount increases.

6. Provide Strong Academic Records

The academic records of the student are also an important factor in the study permit application. I had a client who came to me with weak results from high school, and he was trying to pursue university studies here in Canada, IRCC refused him based on his previous results. Students should provide official transcripts from all schools attended, as well as any diplomas or degrees earned. If the student is still enrolled in school, they should provide proof of enrollment and the expected graduation date. If your scores are low, consider a new program of study in your home country, so that you can demonstrate that you are a serious student.

7. Address Any Previous Refusals

If a student has previously been refused a study permit, it is important to address the reasons for the refusal in their new application. The student should carefully review the reasons for the previous refusal and ensure that their new application addresses those concerns. I generally recommend that we order detailed GCMS notes from Immigration Canada if a student has a previous refusal so that we have a detailed explanation of why the student was refused.

8. Provide a Strong Study Plan/ Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Lastly, and most importantly, we often see officers refuse applications as they deem that the plan of study does not make sense for the candidate. The study plan sometimes called a statement of purpose, is crucial in showing the reviewing officer that you have a reasonable plan as to why you have chosen the program and intended school where you will study, as well as what you plan to do with these studies once you are finished with schooling in Canada. The study plan needs to show that you will use your training outside of Canada, if you declare that you will stay in Canada permanently after studying, you will likely be refused.

Obtaining a Canadian study permit is an important step for international students who want to study in Canada. By following these tips and carefully preparing their application, students can increase their chances of avoiding a study permit refusal for the upcoming 2023-2034 school year. It is important to remember that the study permit application process can be complex, and students may benefit from seeking the assistance of a qualified immigration professional to help them with their application.

For more information on how to avoid a Canadian study permit refusal, please reach out to us. If you have any questions about how to file for a study permit, please get in touch and book an online consultation with us here.


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Adecon Royal
Adecon Royal
Mar 17, 2023

Thank you a lot Canada is great country

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