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What If My Study Permit is Refused?

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Hi! This is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. We were asked, “What if my study permit is refused?” Well hopefully, that doesn’t happen to you but if it does, there are options.

Options for Those Facing Study Visa Refusal

Now, generally speaking, when you apply for a study permit, you have to show that you qualify for the course of study. If you’re going to a university or college, any educational institution, you have to show that you have been accepted. A letter of acceptance is usually the way to show that. You have to show you have financial support during your course of study and that you’re intent for coming to Canada or United States, depending upon where you want to go, is temporary. So this is a non-immigrant visa. It’s not an immigrant visa. Study permit is a non-immigrant visa.

Reason for Study Permit Refusal

So there could be a number of reasons for refusal. For example, you don’t have the financial means or they don’t believe that you are really a temporary immigrant or that you just don’t qualify for the course of study. There’s a whole host of reasons that you may be refused.

What Happens If You Are Refused?

But the question is what happens if you are refused. And the answer is this: What we do is you have to look at the application in depth. Find out what is the reason why, read the letter. Usually there is a refusal letter from the immigration officer that outlines the reasons for refusal and go deep into the case. And in many cases, what we end up doing is reapplying. Now, again, it depends in the circumstances.

Now, sometimes when you are a family member and you, let’s say husband or wife, and you want to come to Canada and study, you want to bring your entire family with you. So you’re not showing sufficient ties to your home country. Now that does not mean you can’t bring them, but part of the analysis of finding out what went wrong with your application is to investigate whether or not there are sufficient ties to your home country. Again, there could be other reasons. But we have many cases where people come to us and their applications are refused but we’re able to get it back on track by analyzing their case and resubmitting them.

Appealing Your Study Permit Refusal

There’s also a possibility of appealing, formally appealing a refusal to the federal court. That’s a very serious approach to take. It’s often very costly. And unless the immigration officer makes an error in law and/or fact, you’re not going to win and it’s very very tough to win on a study permit refusal at the federal court. So generally speaking, I don’t recommend going down that route. What I recommend is considering reapplying. But if you’re going to reapply, there has to be a good reason for doing so.

What Happen Once You Are Appoved?

Now if you are approved, essentially what happens is that you apply at the embassy and then you’ll be issued what is called the study permit which will be valid for a certain period of time. Then you come to the port of entry in Canada, if it’s Canada, and you’ll be issued a permit for entry. Sometimes that’s multiple entry, sometimes it’s single entry, it really depends on the case. So in any event, if your application for a study permit is refused, don’t lose hope. There’s always a solution in most cases. So come to our website and check us out at www.visaplace.com

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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 “What If My Study Permit is Refused?

  1. omur faruk

    i would like to get in touch with someone, who get refuse by canadian embassy.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Omur,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We may be able to help you even though you were refused by the Canadian embassy. The first step is to complete our free immigration assessment. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Charlone Sagmit

    hello sir! this is my second time to apply and last week my application for student visa refused again. They considered several factors like travel history, family ties in Canada andin country of residence, purpose of visit, employment prospect in country of residence, current employment situation, personal assets and financial status. We provided a supporting letter from my sister who’s working there and my funds were enough. Is it advisable to appeal my student visa? thanks

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  3. abdelrahman ezzat

    Hi sir ,
    i was surprised when IDP egypt told me the student visa application could get refused because i have bachelor degree in mechanical engineering which is higher educational degree and seeking for student visa to study a diploma in aircraft maintenance which is lower degree in the Canadian government point of view
    is that right ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
      1. abdelrahman ezzat

        Hello sir ,
        i appreciate your comment ,
        all i’m asking for is :
        if i got acceptance letter from aircraft maintenance institute in Canada and went to the embassy in my country ( Egypt ), i will got student visa refused because i have bachelor degree and seeking for diploma or its normal case ?

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello. There is no such thing as “normal”. Every case is judged on it’s own merit.
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
    2. omur faruk

      dear i was refused in the same reason. could we contact

      Reply
  4. Oche Oncge Richard

    i applied for a post graduate program in global business and management in the Conestoga college, i was offered the admission and i made substantial tuition fee payment..i applied in may 2016, and my start date was in September, i was refused the visa based on financial status and assets, i was able to rectify the problem and i re applied in November 25th 2016, i got an early feedback from the embassy on the 30th of january,saying my passport has been sent back to the visa application center, again i was refused, this time around based on the purpose of study only….i have made am appeal and my case has been forwarded to the embassy at Accra Ghana….please i want to know if i did the right thing…

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. fisayo

    Hello! I applied for a study permit on December 13 2016, I tracked my application and it said my passport has been dispatched, please I don’t understand those it mean refusal or approved? worried.thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Rahul dhiman

    I apply under spp seneca college…….my study in 10th i got 6.4 cgpa in 2011 after tha i hav a gap year in between 2011-2012 then i do diploma in electronics and commincation with 53%…i hav socred in ielts with 6 bands……but my visa was refused and reason was other reason….shall i try for jan intake or not

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