Most Common Reasons for Canada Study Visa Rejections

GreenTree ranks the #1 Canada study visa consultant in India for its expertise in the field of Canadian education and masters, the study visa process, its relevant approvals, and documentation. With this deep-earned knowledge over the years, we’ve curated some of the most common and legit reasons why a Canada study might get rejected, causing a hindrance in you pursuing your higher studies in the country.

Canada Visa Refusal Reasons:

Canada is a country of opportunities. Especially with the world-class education it provides, the country is a great platform for International students to live their dream and better themselves academically in various streams of study. However, there are times when things don’t turn out the way expected and the visa gets rejected despite the eligibility criteria being met and admission letter being offered by your university of choice.

IRCC might reject a Canada study visa for reasons including:

1. Insufficient Funds

Every international student is allowed to work as a part-time employee legally inside Canada under a study permit. A student can work full time (this is a recent change previous 20 hours per week.) legally to take care of their living expense inside Canada during their study. Surprisingly majority of the dedicated and inspired students pay their second-year tuition fee just by working in Canada.

Financial stability is a key requirement to study in Canada, without which it is almost impossible to take the next step further despite being accepted in the educational school of your choice.

You have to showcase an amount of CAN $10,000 per year in addition to the tuition fee depending on the program of choosing. This is to support your living expenses while studying in Canada and proof should be submitted for the total number of years you’ll be in the country.

You can supposedly submit your proof of funds via bank statement, education loan taken from a bank, or supporting documents from a family member who is supporting your study in Canada.

It is to be noted that showcasing these funds simply means that you demonstrate you have these funds at hand when needed. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be spending so much.

2.Missing (or) Inadequate Documents

IRCC is very keen on proper documentation and one of the most common reasons for study visa denial is fraudulent or missing documents that the department has mandated. Sometimes, this might include missing out on police verification or health checkup certifications that are highly crucial for granting a study visa.

Every requirement ought to be carefully studied and relevant documents should be submitted for the case officer to be fully convinced that you are eligible for a grant for the student visa.

Similarly, false documents of any sort will be easily identified by the IRCC which may cause serious consequences in respect to your visa process. Besides denial, there are chances that you may never be able to apply for one in the future as well. Always stay true to your documentation for easy seamless processing and grant of your study visa.

3.Inability to Demonstrate Language Proficiency

Language scores form an integral part of granting a Canadian student visa. Be it English (IELTS, CELPIP), or French (TEF Canada, TCF Canada), it is mandatory that the required test scores be obtained, no matter the number of attempts.

When it comes to IELTS, the most popular test taken by international students around the globe for Canada study visa, a minimum of 6 should be obtained in all bands (speaking, reading, writing, listening), and an overall 6.5 for the grant of a visa. However, the minimum requirement might differ with the course you are undertaking as mentioned by the university you are applying for.

Make sure you submit the required scores to your university in the first place for seamless acceptance. And once accepted, go ahead with applying for the visa with the appropriate test scores for the study visa. Take up training if any to achieve the required scores as this is a key factor for a successful grant.

4.Low Intent in Returning Back to Home Country

The IRCC grants a study visa with the aim that the international students will return back to their home country once the study tenure is over. One of the main reasons for a study visa rejection is that many a times, students fail to submit proper proof or documents that reveal their stay in Canada is temporary.

Student visas in general have an end date and the government expects international students to return back to their home country once the visa expires. But, students tend to stay further for the opportunities that Canada offers, which the government is not inclined to and this might be a strong reason for rejection.

When applying for a student visa or during the visa interview, students should showcase their intent to return back to their native land after the course tenure ends. Relevant documents, property and investment details, or other proof that you will head back to India without extension.

5.Inappropriate Choice of Course

Your study visa might get rejected if the program of choosing is not relevant to your past academic profile. It is necessary to pick your course with care as it may have a major impact on the grant of your visa. If not prior education, at the least, you should have work experience in line with the course you have chosen and further going to pursue your career in the same field.

In case you opt for an entirely different program of study, proper/ valid proof from your end ought to be submitted during the visa application as to why you are switching streams.

A wrong choice of study program can lead to a visa denial. For example, a person with years of experience in marketing opting for an IT course sounds suspicious and hence could lead to a Canada study visa rejection. Hence, your SOP should clearly define the reason you’ve opted the course and why it is an appropriate choice.

6.Missing (or) Inadequate Documents

For a Canadian study visa, international students are supposed to provide their biometrics (fingerprints & photo). You can go to an authorized biometric collection centre and get it done, failing which the study visa might get rejected. In case you have already given your biometrics, make sure they are valid before submitting the same for your study visa. Uploading the precise biometrics is a mandate that students ought to keep in mind for seamless visa processing.

7.Visa Application with a Conditional Offer Letter

On applying for a Canada study visa with only a conditional offer letter from the university you’ve got into heightens your chance of refusal. Here’s why!

What is a Conditional Offer Letter?

A conditional offer letter simply means that you’ve got an admit in the university you applied for, but on a conditional basis. There are certain criteria you have to satisfy or certain documents to be submitted in order to receive an unconditional offer. In most cases, only an unconditional offer is considered the acceptance letter which holds value when applying for your study visa. And once you receive an unconditional offer, you can go ahead and pay the tuition fee.

A conditional offer may carry conditions asking you to submit:

Make sure you submit only the unconditional offer or letter of acceptance while applying for a Canada study visa.

8.Incomplete Identity/ Travel Documents

Your IRCC visa offers would want to clarify all the places you have travelled and their supporting documents. In case you have mentioned places of travel in your application, it is mandatory that you submit all the proof relating to your travel, failing which your Canada study visa might be rejected.

Any gaps in travel history or criminal conviction during the periods of gap might come as a hindrance in the processing of your visa application. Every document relating to your travel will be verified, hence it is recommended that you submit all the necessary supporting documents in proper order and dates of travel to avoid confusion and successful granting of the visa without denial.

Cost Incurred in Re-applying Canada Study Visa

Keep in mind that the cost incurred for reapplying your rejected Canada study visa is the same cost that was charged the first time you applied. Every time you apply, the cost remains the same, which is CAD $150.

However, it is necessary that when you reapply, make sure you have resolved all the issues stated in the reason for refusal in your prior application and then proceed with the reapplying process. With rectifying the concerns stated in your previous application, reapplying with insufficient proof or documents might again end up in refusal.

Contact GreenTree Immigration, the best Canada study consultant to handle rejected visas, for expert advice to resolve issues and for you reapplying to result in a successful grant.

Canada Study Visa Services Offered at GreenTree in 2024

GreenTree’s years of acquired knowledge in the seamless processing of a Canada study visa remains intact. We constantly track and monitor changes in the visa processing if any, the current trends, and why visa rejections happen in the first place.

Canada study visa refused? Worry not! Here’s compiling our visa services to go as a student to Canada from India:

Course selection counselling

University Application

IELTS slot Booking

SOP Drafting

Securing Conditional/Unconditional offer letter from University.

GIC Account Creation (direct Tie-up with ICICI, Bank of Scotia & CIBC)

GIC Fund Transfer

Study Visa Application


Biometrics enrollment

Passport stamping

Study Visa extension

Post Graduate work permit.

DLI transfer

What Makes GreenTree the Best Canada Study Consultant in India to Handle Visa Rejections?

Rejections are hurting, especially when you’ve put your heart and soul into prepping up for pursuing higher education in your dream country and your vision gets shattered in no time. It is no mistake to give it a shot and fail. Failures and rejections doesn’t mean you have to stop trying. We at GreenTree offer complete guidance on how to handle rejected visas and the required documentation and proof to make your reattempt a successful one.

GreenTree’s infrastructure and expert consultants in the field of Canada education, visa fees, visa processing, and visa rejections, is the reason why we are called the best Canada study visa consultant in India to handle visa rejections with utmost care and precision.

Reapplying for a study permit is not that big of a chore and we are experts in how to take charge of one. We analyze the exact reasons for rejection in precise detail and make sure the issues are resolved with all the paperwork involved. We take every care to make sure your reapplication is error-free and doesn’t have loopholes with proper revision and a strong Statement of Purpose (SOP) that will fetch you a successful study visa grant.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I reapply my study visa immediately after the rejection?

You can reapply for a Canada study visa after refusal. However, there is a valid reason why it was rejected in the first place. Once the issues are rectified, you can reapply for the study visa unless mentioned otherwise in the denial letter.

Can I extend my study visa after completion of 1st course?

Yes, you can extend your stay in Canada as a student within 30 days of your study visa expiry. On deciding to continue studying, you can reapply and in the time you wait for the decision from IRCC, you can live in Canada as a student.

Will the current rejection denote a blackmark on my passport ?

A study visa can be rejected due to many reasons. It simply means that, according to the terms, the case officer is not convinced of your application. Though it might not necessarily be a blackmark, intentional mistakes on your study visa application are not encouraged.

What are the chances of getting Study visa approval after 1st rejection?

The chances are absolutely high if you have provided supporting documents and addressed the issues that caused your visa denial in the previous attempt. Talk to a GreenTree expert, the top Canada study visa consultants in India, to know your actual chances of getting a grant after denial.

Is it good to include SOWP while reapplying for my study visa?

A Spousal/ Common Law Partner Open Work Permit lets your partner stay and work in Canada while you study. But, reapplying after rejection including a SOWP might not be a great idea. The priority is to get you a study visa first addressing the issues present in the previous application. Once you have been successfully granted your study visa, you can go ahead and apply for a SOWP.

How to include a spouse open work permit process under my study visa application?

Yes, a spouse open work permit can be applied when your study visa application is in process. A work permit for your spouse has no relation to the positive outcome of your Canada study visa.

How can I bring my dependent child to Canada when I'm under a study visa?

Yes, you can bring your dependent child to Canada while you are pursuing your studies under a Canada study visa. You can apply online and bring them for studying, dependent, or on a visitor visa.

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