Refusals and Appeals

Refusals and Appeals

Refusal to enter Canada because of rejection of a Study Permit is the last thing you will want to happen. It is all the more frustrating because of the enrollment in a study program of the Canadian Designated Learning institute. There is, however, a positive aspect to the refusal. A professional immigration consultant will help you know the reasons for refusal and plan an appropriate strategy to deal with the refusal.


Visa refusal is a common occurrence as one in 4 applications face the prospect of rejection. Thankfully, there are ways to address the problem. You need to consult an expert immigration professional for assistance. They will analyze the situation thoroughly and plan a strong strategy to resolve the issue of rejection.

The most usual reasons for refusal of a Canadian Visa are:

  • Lack of correct and appropriate documents to support the study permit application
  • Failure to demonstrate sufficient availability of funds to support education, living, and travel expenses 
  • The visa officer has doubts regarding the applicant’s true intentions of entering Canada 
  • The Visa Officer is not sure about the applicant’s intent of leaving Canada when the Study Permit is about to expire after completion of the Study Program
  • Unable to meet health requirements
  • There is a criminal background, or the applicant may be a security risk

Possible course of action

The unsuccessful applicant receives a letter following the refusal of the application outlining the reasons for refusal. The letter includes common grounds for the refusal and provides only basic information with no specific details. You must know the details of the individual refusal to help you formulate an appropriate strategy to address the problem.

Each applicant has the right to ask for the Visa Officer’s notes that form the ground for a particular refusal. You can assess the validity of refusal grounds by referring to the case notes. One may provide a specific document or supporting evidence if the case note mentions details of these supportive documents.

If the grounds in case notes are invalid, you should appeal for reconsideration and subsequent resubmission of documents. The process is time-consuming, and you should immediately inform the Designated Learning Institution and request to reschedule the original starting date of the study program.

Addressing the grounds of refusal

The following possible courses of action may help you resolve the issue of refusal on different grounds:

  • Financial grounds– Failure to prove sufficient financial support during the stay in Canada is one of the common grounds for refusal. You may have to submit additional documents to convince the visa officer. These should prove the adequacy of funds to cover the first year’s course fees, living expenses, and return journey when the study visa expires. 
  • Doubts regarding the Letter of Acceptance– The acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institute is the foundation of your application for a study permit. The Visa Officer may reject the application if there is any concern with the letter or the applicant does not fulfill the program’s requirements. Providing additional academic evidence or school documents may resolve the issue.
  • Failure to submit identity or travel documents– Submission of complete travel history and identity documents is crucial while applying for a Study Permit. The visa officer may refuse entry if there is a lack of clarity about these. You will have to explain the blank spaces in the travel history or submit additional supportive documents to establish your identity.
  • Failure to convince intent of leaving Canada– The Visa Officer may doubt the applicant’s intention of leaving the country. You may have to submit a personal statement to convince the visa officer that you will not stay out of status in Canada. 
  • Errors while checking the application– The visa application rejection may be because of any oversight by the Visa Officer. In such a case, you will have to appeal for a review if you are confident of submitting the correct application with all necessary documents. 

The best way to avoid visa application refusal is to hire a professional immigration consultant while preparing the application. The immigration experts know how to check eligibility, supportive documents, and other requirements to eliminate the possibility of rejection. SunnySpire is your trusted immigration consultant for your entire visa and immigration needs. Call us for consultation and begin your Canada journey on a firm footing.

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