According to African news site All Africa, four separate African volleyball teams from Rwanda,
Guinea Conakry, Morocco and Burundi were denied entry to Canada and will not be able to participate in the upcoming Swatch Junior World Volleyball Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There are 32 teams, including the four African teams, that had qualified for the championship.
According to the article, the Canadian government was concerned the volleyball teams would not
leave Canada at the end of their trip and didn’t have enough money to support themselves while in Canada. In their visa refusal letter, they wrote:
“I am not satisfied that you have sufficient funds, including income or assets, to carry out your stated purpose of going to Canada or to maintain yourself while in Canada and effect your departure.”
The Rwanda Volleyball Federation is expected to send a complaint to the International Volleyball Federation, asking it to ban Canada from hosting competitions in the future.
This situation is very unfortunate for the volleyball teams that have been denied entry to Canada.
When you want to visit Canada or obtain a visa to come to Canada from a non-visa exempt country, you will be required to show you have sufficient funds to support yourself while in Canada, as well as proof that you have sufficient ties to your home country and will leave Canada at the end of your stay. Some of the ways you can prove these things include obtaining a statement of account from your bank, providing information about your family in your home country to Canadian visa officials, as well as indicating information about your job, assets and home address when you apply for a visa to come to Canada.
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