5 Reasons for Canadian Permanent Resident Visa Rejection

Canadian-permanent-residence-visaEvery year, thousands of prospective applicants have their Canadian permanent residence applications rejected. This leads to countless cases of disappointment and unwanted stress for families who had their eyes set on relocating to Canada.

Canada is full of great opportunities for immigrants and skilled foreign nationals, but in order to get there, they first have to navigate the immigration system and the many forms and procedures that come with it. Below, we’ve put together seven reasons why your Canadian permanent resident application may be rejected.

1. Misrepresentation

The term ‘misrepresentation’ can be misleading, often implying a deliberate attempt to distort or conceal information. However, misrepresentation can come down to something as simple as not understanding a question, forgetting to add certain information to a form, or misunderstanding the instructions that are supplied with said form. Many cases of misrepresentation are completely avoidable.

2. A Missed Deadline

In order to expedite the immigration process, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) often implements deadlines for individuals to submit certain forms. However, missing just one of these deadlines could mean an application is denied. Because of this, it’s vitally important that you know how and when to get hold of certain documents, and the dates they need to be completed and submitted.

3. Non-eligibility

Canada currently has over 60 different immigration programs, and the eligibility factors differ in each. These include factors such as your age, occupation, skill level, education, work experience, among others. It is crucial that you pay very close attention to the eligibility requirements for each of these programs to determine whether you are eligible before applying, otherwise it will be a waste of your time.

4. Failure to submit documents

Once you’ve applied for a permanent resident visa, CIC will provide you with an extensive list of documents that will be required to complete your application. It is your responsibility to locate and submit these documents to the right CIC office, along with the tracking number.

5. A Criminal Record

In order to make it through the application process, you must pass criminal background checks that include every country you’ve resided in for six months or longer, after the age of 18. This is meant to ensure immigrants are safe to enter the country and will not pose a health or safety risk for other Canadian residents.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

13 thoughts on “5 Reasons for Canadian Permanent Resident Visa Rejection

  1. Prabhjot

    I got rejection on my mpnp PR application.they have wrongly assessed my education points I have done 4year post secondary course for this there were 20 points but they assessed it with 15 and in adaptability :I had a friend over there for that it’s 10 points but they have given me 0 point due to which my points fall from 64 to 49 .
    They have also said they were fail to establish a contact with my sponsor but according to my sponsor he got a call from the officer and he had replied to every question
    Do I need to appeal for this or it’s of no use.
    Please help !

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Prabhjot. I am not sure why your point assessment was not what you expected. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to go over your situation in detail and advise on what would be the best strategy to take to get you back into the pool with the proper evaluation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  2. Pat Edwin

    Hello. My permanent residency application was rejected due to non-submission of sufficient evidence to prove skills. I was not asked to submit additional documents (which I had already submitted at the Provincial Nominee stage). I feel this was really unfair because I had documentation for my years in the profession that cover all of this. I was not aware that this was required in the job letter.
    Is there anything I can do to query this?

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Pat. Thank you for writing to us. We will need to see the details of the rejection in order to evaluate whether an appeal would be possible, or you will need to submit a new application. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  3. viju

    I would like to immigrate to canada .im 32 years old man . As graduate I have 7 years overseas works experience. Could you plz guide me sir

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Viju. Thank you for writing to us. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you based on all the details o fyour situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  4. Tanvi Malik

    i came to Canada as a permanent resident, as my husband sponsored me.
    i am working in an IT company, still my Visa got rejected and the reason they gave me, that i am new to Canada and they cannot issue me a visa.

    i qualify every criteria..
    have letter of employment (strong ties to come back to Canada)
    am a permanent resident(strong ties to come back to Canada)

    any particular reason why it got rejected???

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Tanvi. It is not clear from your note what type of visa you applied for and was rejected. Could you provide more information?
      Regards, Vahe

  5. Jose Mendonca

    I have been in Canada for 3 years came with work permit, work contract and LMO so my problem is my work permit expired May 2015 but before that I spoke with a imigration consultant that told that I could aply for a open work permit, so a did waited for 4 months and was denied, so now he says that I do have all the documents necessary to become a permanent residentm as working for the same boss for more than 2 years, passed on my IELST TEXT, did my criminal records.

    So can I still file for a PR after I was denied the open work permit?
    I’m really afraid of being denied again .

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you Jose for your inquiry.
      You have a case that needs the help of a Law firm such as ours. We have dealt with these types of serious matters many times in the past. In order for me to give you the most accurate advice, I would need to learn more about your qualifications. Please complete this form for me Jose, as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once your assessment form has been reviewed.
      Best regards,

  6. mark


    What should come first if i add my spouse? Questionnaires or needed forms to be filled out from the VO?


  7. Jovita P. Tudino

    I’m willing to work in Canada. I have the following skilled: computer literacy, cosmetology, dressmaking, able to teach cause I work as a teacher here in the Phil. I’m willing to work what is needed in Canada

    1. owen

      Hello Jovita,

      You could significantly increase your score by obtaining a job offer from a Canadian employer, and we would guide them and you through the LMIA process which can take several months to complete. We would be happy to help you obtain a Work Permit, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly



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