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What Should You Do If Your Canadian Study Permit is Refused in 2021?

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"If you aspire to study in a Canadian university, then you will need to apply for a study permit. The first step of coming to Canada for the study is being accepted in a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.The acceptance letter is then used to obtain a study permit from the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 21, 2021
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If you aspire to study in a Canadian university, then you will need to apply for a study permit. The first step of coming to Canada for the study is being accepted in a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.

The acceptance letter is then used to obtain a study permit from the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program. 

The coronavirus pandemic has affected processing. However, IRCC is still accepting study permit applications. 

International students coming to Canada in 2021 will be required to isolate themselves for 14 days after arriving in Canada. However, your study permit could also be refused due to disruptions caused by this pandemic. 

What are the Most Common Reasons for a Study Permit Refusal in 2021?

Your study permit could be rejected for several reasons including:

Lack of financial support: If you are unable to demonstrate enough financial resources to support your stay in Canada, then your study permit could be refused. 

The problem of Intent: If the immigration official suspects your intention to return to your home country after your study program is complete, then your study permit could be refused. 

Choice of Program: If the immigration official feels that your choice of study program does not match your past study or work experience, then your study permit could be refused. 

Letter of Acceptance: If your letter of acceptance can not be verified or is not credible, then your study permit will be rejected. 

Lack of Travel of Identity Documents: Not having a complete record of your travel history and identity documents can lead to your study permit being rejected. Any documents provided must be verifiable and determine your admissibility to Canada. 

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How to Address the Reasons for Refusal of Your Study Permit?

To avoid refusal because of lack of financial resources, you must address the immigration official’s concern by providing additional documents providing proof of funds. You can not surpass the financial resources requirement. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate with supporting documents that you have enough financial resources to support yourself in Canada.

To address the problem of intent, you will be required to rewrite your statement to address their concern. Having strong family ties to your home country can strengthen your application. It is also possible to actively pursue both temporary and permanent residence in Canada. However, you must provide full disclosure by claiming dual intent in your application. 

If your choice of program is different from your past work or study experience, then you can write a detailed statement explaining your choice change. 

To avoid rejection of your application because of the acceptance letter, you must verify all the documents before submitting them. Make sure all the information provided is credible and supports your application. You can contact your DLI to request additional documentation to support your application if the immigration officer is not satisfied with your acceptance letter. 

If your application was refused because of a lack of travel or identity documents, then you can review the blank spaces in your travel history and submit an explanation. 

If you are reapplying, then make sure to include additional documents to cover the blank period. Make sure all your identification documents are clear and standardly issued. This will help ensure that your application is not refused because of unclear documents. 

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