There can be an event that under certain circumstances your Canadian Study Permit is refused, in such cases, individuals need to re-apply or might seek professional help to process their application further.

It is very important for students who have applied for a Study Permit to Canada to understand clearly the reasons for Study Permit Application Refusals. Have a glance at the reasons for study permit application refusals below:

Reasons for refusal

In most cases, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provide the applicants with a letter outlining the reasons for the Study Permit Application Refusal. Have a glance at some of the common reasons as to why IRCC may refuse a study permit application. It mainly includes an applicant’s inability to:

  • present proof of financial stability that depicts you are capable enough of supporting yourself while studying in Canada;
  • pass the medical exam (if required);
  • convince the immigration officer about your intent to coming to Canada for Study purposes and/or
  • convince the immigration officer that he or she will leave Canada once their study period is over.

Depending on the reason behind the decision for the refusal, applicants can:

  • take into account the stated reasons for the refusal and further based on that prepare for a new application; or
  • consult a lawyer for help with an official review of the decision.

Review of Canadian Study Permit requirements

Under any circumstances, if an application for a study permit is refused, the first thing that needs to be reviewed should be the eligibility criteria. For a candidate to be eligible to study in Canada on a study permit, they must:

  • have been accepted by a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada;
  • prove their financial capacity that supports their:
    1. tuition fees,
    2. living expenses for themselves and any family members who come with them to Canada, and
    3. return transportation for themselves and any family members who come with them to Canada
  • be a law-abiding citizen with a clean criminal record and should not be a risk to the security of Canada. To prove, a police certificate (or certificates) may be required;
  • be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if required and
  • convince the immigration officer that they will leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay.

Exceptions to the above criteria may be made for foreign representatives to Canada and their family members, members of foreign armed forces from certain countries, foreign nationals with Registered Indian status, and individuals who wish to undertake a short-term study program in Canada (less than six months).

Applying for a review of the decision

Study Permit Application Refusals are typically a result of the applicant failing to convince one or more of the eligibility criteria. If an applicant can prove that he or she does satisfy the criteria, then in that case he or she may have grounds to apply for a review by the Federal Court of Canada. In most cases, a lawyer must apply for judicial review on behalf of a study permit applicant.

Get assistance with your Study Permit application

If your study permit application has been refused and you would like to re-apply or want to receive any assistance, then feel free to get in touch with our experts.