Reasons For Canada Student Visa Rejection That You Should Avoid

Reasons For Canada Student Visa Rejection That You Should Avoid

Securing admission in your dream Canadian University is not an easy feat. There are a lot of things that can go south and a lot of silly mistakes can cost you more than you can imagine. In the last few years, we have come up with a lot of study abroad aspirants who were completely hopeless about securing admission into a Canadian University or a college thanks to the multiple rejections they had to face. 

If you’re planning to apply for a Canadian study permit, in this article we will cover the top grounds over which a study permit application is rejected and how best you can avoid it from  happening. 

Top reasons for rejection of Canadian student visa applications

Not having a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

You can only apply for a study permit if you’ve managed to secure admission in a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (a university or college that is allowed to accept international students) for a study program that aligns with your educational background. 

For securing admission in a DLI, you need an LOA (Letter of Acceptance from them) for a study program you want to pursue in their institution. You can only submit a study permit application when you have a letter of acceptance as this is one of the essential documents.

Please Note – The LOA needs to be from an authorized DLI in Canada and  does not guarantee a study permit as there are a lot of other grounds on the basis of which IRCC can reject your study abroad application. 

Inadequate proof that you’ll leave Canada after your studies

Study permit does not allow permanent residency. In other words, it allows you to stay in Canada on a temporary basis for a limited period of time that usually coincides with the duration of your  course. So in order to convince the visa officers that you will leave the country once your study permit expires is very important. Failure to do so can lead to rejection of your study permit application.

Please Note – You can always prolong your stay legally by applying for a study permit extension or a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after you graduate.


Unclear purpose of visit

This is one of the most common reasons for rejection. This could be a complete messaging issue as well wherein you are not able to present your purpose properly and having an expert at such steps could turn out to be a sheer boon. Add a clear statement of purpose with ample explanation around why you want to study in Canada and how this particular study program can help your career growth in future. This would ensure your genuinity and hence would reduce chances of rejection.  

Lack of financial security

Proof of funds is one of the most essential documents in your study abroad application. Failure to prove that you have enough money to cover the cost of your education in Canada can lead to the rejection of your study abroad application. Attach sufficient documentation showing that you’ve either paid your first year tuition fee or you have the money to pay for it. Also show that you are financially capable to cover your cost of living. 

If you’re applying through the Student Direct Stream (SDS), you need to have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 (or $11,000 to study in Quebec) and provide the same with your study permit application. 

Read everything you need to know about GIC here. 

Inconsistent or incomplete academic records

Another grounds of rejection of  your study permit application is submitting  incomplete or inadequate records of your education credentials, transcripts, and mark sheets. Your academic record helps prove two things:

  • The validity of your prior education
  • The track record of you being a good student. 

So be careful and double check your documents before you submit your study permit  application as  even small mistakes can cost you precious time and come in the way of your Canada dream.

Choosing a study program that doesn’t align with your prior education or experience

The study program you choose needs to mirror  your career aspirations and hence it is not taken lightly by the immigration authorities while reviewing your study permit application. Make sure you add ample evidence that the study program you have picked for yourself aligns with your prior education or experience and is a clear add on to your future career growth. If your statement of purpose fails to present your study program as an obvious next step in your career trajectory after your prior education, your application can be rejected. 

Unexplained gaps in your education or experience

Repeat after me. GAPS ARE OK! 

A lot of times, students  have  gaps in their education or work history and it’s ok to have them as long as you have a logical explanation behind those gaps. Explain at length about your gaps covering the  reasons behind them in your statement of purpose. The reason could be anything from personal to professional to medical. Make sure you support your reasons with enough documentation as well. For instance, if you took a one year sabbatical  from work because you were not well, attach medical records to support your claim. Having a clear reason backed by valid documents won’t harm you in any way. 

Low language test score

Canada has two main languages  – English and French. Proficiency in either of the two is not only important but  an essential qualifying criterion for a study permit application. A poor score in a language test can be grounds for your student visa rejection. However, this could be easily avoidable. At Keel, we help students work on their basics with live classes, doubt clearing sessions and 1:1 counselling facilitating them to achieve their desired score in just 4 weeks. 

Family ties in Canada and your home country 

Strong family ties in Canada or weak family ties in your home country can be interpreted as a reason to stay in Canada for longer than you are supposed to be. So avoid highlighting any of it in your application. In your statement of purpose, you need to clearly and precisely show that you have family ties in your home country and  you very well intend to go back as and when your visa  expires. 

Refusal of admission on medical or criminal grounds

You have to undergo a few medical tests and attach them in your study permit application. You may be denied entry on medical grounds if the immigration authority feels that your health could put undue pressure on the healthcare system of the country. You may also be denied entry into Canada on criminal grounds but you  may be permitted to study if you were a minor (below 18) at the time of the crime. 

Inadequate or inadmissible travel history

Your prior travel history can be a ground for your Canada visa rejection. Make sure you provide all the information as accurately as possible. Giving an incomplete or incorrect travel history can become a cause for rejection.

Lying on your student visa application

Being accurate and precise to the best of your knowledge would get you a Canadian study permit. Refrain from giving any inconsistent, inaccurate, or exaggerated information on your study permit application as it can be grounds for rejection. 

Hiring an unlicensed immigration consultant 

This may not seem like an apt reason but in our years of handling study permit applications, this is one of the most common reasons behind study visa rejections. Students  come to us with multiple rejections on easily avoidable grounds. Make sure you hire certified consultants. 

Let us help you

Before submitting your Canadian student visa application, it is essential to get your application double checked and make it full proof with enough supporting documents. 

Our team of expert Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) has helped many students get study permits in Canada. If you also want to immigrate to Canada to study, Keel provides you with the best, fastest, and most transparent study abroad application filing tech platform.

Our top experts will take care of your entire study abroad process from the day you decide to change your life until living your dream life in Canada. We will assign you a RCIC who will take care of your application and handhold you throughout the process to ensure all the paperwork is done right. 

Schedule your call today, and let’s make your Canada dream a reality. 

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