Reasons For Canadian Study Permit Refusal

The first required thing to do to get a study visa is getting acceptance from a designated learning institution, then make sure you have enough to pay for your tuition and living expenses.

The last but not the least of the requirement is convincing the immigration officer that you will leave Canada after your studies. This is where it gets tricky, the ability to satisfy immigration authority that you will leave Canada is where applicants get an outright study permit refusal.

This is what this article hopes to address, so grab a cup of coffee.

Before you begin your application, you should do self assessment on various parameters especially the question that; will you be able to satisfy the immigration officer that you will be leaving after studies although your real intention may be staying permanently after your studies.

The immigration officers are not dumb, they already know that people wants to use study as an opportunity to migrate permanently. Also a married international student can get their spouse into the country through the open spousal work permit; a platform through which the spouse will be able to work and within a year will be eligible to apply for permanent residency through Canadian experience class while the principal applicant is still studying.

In order to be able to convince the immigration officer and avoid study permit refusal, here are few points you should assess yourself with:

Extensive travel history

You have have extensive travel history to Europe or USA or any other first world countries? If you do,The visa officer will be satisfied that you are likely to go back to your home country after studies.


Do you have your own money to pay for tuition,living expenses and your return back to your home country? You can have a sponsor; Yes. For people who have just finished secondary school- who is not working; It is acceptable and convincing enough to have a sponsor. But for someone who have graduated already and coming for post graduate diploma courses, it may not be too convincing. So therefore, it is advisable to have your own money or proof that you have it.

Like i said earlier, immigration officers are not dumb, if you tell them you have a sponsor, they may see you as someone who will come to Canada and shelf your education to go and hustle. So as a matured person, you have to proof to the officer that you have your own money.

Years ago they are not looking at these things; But now, you may want to check this on your self assessments before applying to avoid study permit refusal.

Strong ties

Having strong ties in Canada is a huge red flag that you will not want to go back. It will be difficult to prove that you have a relative in Canada and will want to go back after your studies.

If you have a family back at home, it is best to leave them behind and settle first before you get them in through the open spousal work permit program. That alone strengthens your ties to your home country.

But if you have extensive travel history, you can apply with your family; It gives the officer enough reasons that you will come back. if not, please go alone.

Inadequate correlation

Not being able to show relationship between what you want to study and what you are doing presently.

You should be able to demonstrate what you want to study is in tandem with what you are doing in your home country. If you are in administrative career and you apply to study I.T course; You will need to explain and show how you are going to use the I.T course to improve yourself.

It is important to show what you intend to study have a market/employment and business opportunity in your home country.


Canada have a network of information about people who have applied for study before. The schools give information back to statistics Canada/immigration/government. So the immigration officers are well aware of what students from your country are doing; for instance, if they are group of people that abandon studies and start looking for work or they are group of people that finish their studies.

So this sets a precedence for others that will be applying to come and study subsequently ; It may affect them positively or negatively depending on the precedence.

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