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What If My Study Permit is Refused?

(Below is a transcription of this video)

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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30 thoughts on “What If My Study Permit is Refused?

  1. Saana

    I am in Canada since 2014 on a study permit. I applied for extension of my study permit in Jun 2017 but was refused on the ground that letter (old) from the college stated that the course would finish in April 2017. I had also attached a letter dated June from my college(DLI) that course will finish in April 2018 but somehow it missed the attention of the officer. What are my options and choices to continue with mu studies. This is the last semester,

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Saana,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be able to reapply to extend your stay. We would be happy to take a closer look at your case to help ensure your application is filled out as efficiently as possible. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about 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. rashid khan

    I am a working professional ,40 yrs of age ,i am from India ,my whole family is residing in canada as permanent residents and canadian citizens , i am a prospecting mature international candidate for diploma in human resource management for future program in any university/college of canada ,my preference is ontario ,toronto ,can you please match my english language band scores with the required once with any recognized good institution in canada, especially in ontario toronto region ,and send me a link of all the institutions which are comfortable with my language proficiency scores ,and their human resource management ,pre law ,law school admissions test (LSAT)admissions requirement ,details ,links etc .

    My ielts academic score is : The test was given on 19/8/2017,20/8/2017

    Overall Band
    6.0
    Listening
    6.0
    Reading
    5.0
    Writing
    6.0
    Speaking
    6.5

    I had appeared in ielts academics and my result has been declared online ,my scorecard for ielts has also come , will they consider my admission to the desired course on other professional attributes? .

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Rashid,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! To determine which schools may be best for you, you would have to take a look at their individual sites and requirements. With your experience you may be considered for admissions. Once you are accepted into a university, we would be happy to guide you through the study visa application processes. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about 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
  3. Farah Ahmed

    I applied for a post-graduate program in Business-Accounting in the Niagara college, I was offered the letter of Acceptance and I made substantial tuition fee payment..I applied in 07- Sept-2017 (paper application) and my start date were in Jan-2018, I was refused the visa based on the long letter ( This refers to your application for a student permit to Canada. I have completed my assessment of your application and I have determined that you do not meet the requirements for a student permit; therefore, your application is refused.
    In reaching a decision, an officer considers several factors; these may include the applicant’s travel and identity documents, reason for travel to Canada, contacts in Canada, financial means for the trip; ties to country of residence (including immigration status, employment and family ties) and whether the applicant would be likely to leave Canada at the end of his/her authorized stay.
    In accordance with Section A11(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), any person wishing to become a temporary resident of Canada must satisfy an officer that he or she is not inadmissible to Canada and meets the requirements of the Act. This includes the requirement to establish to the satisfaction of the officer that the applicant will respect their conditions of admission and will leave Canada by the end of the period authorized for his or her stay.
    This application is closed. Please note that any new information you wish to provide must be submitted with a new application and processing fee. Should you wish to reapply, I would suggest that you do so only if your situation has changed substantively or you have significant new information to submit)on 24-Sept-2017,after that I apply for CAIPS FileCheck on 24-09-2017 it will take 5 weeks to get the result, I am planning to reapply on November 01st, 2017, You can help me on that.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Farah,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! A visa can be rejected for a variety of reasons, and we would have to take a closer look at your case and rejection to better understand why you were denied the first time. We would be happy to help guide you through the reapplication process, and ensure the application is completed as accurately as possible to improve the chances of approval. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about 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
  4. Omar Rashid

    I wish this email finds you in good health

    I applied for study permit. However, my aplication was refused although I submitted all required document and forms. The refusal letter says that my application was refused Because as per the officer, he was not satisfied that I am a bona fide student & would depart Canada at the end of authorizedy stay .

    I wonder if you I can do something about it, although I already paid the Tution fees to the college of more than $12000 and suppose to start the programe on October 15, 2017

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Omar,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to take a closer look at your case to better understand why you may have been refused. We may be able to assist you in ensuring your application is filled out as accurately as possible if you reapply. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about 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
  5. Sarah

    I am in Canada, My father worked here. I accepted to a college. CIC refused my change status from visitor to student. They stated there is not any document to show my relation to my father! However my initial arrival in Canada was accompanying with my father and mother. There is a time limit for registering college. What should I do now? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to take a closer look at the refusal to better understand why this may have happened, and to try and help guide you through the next steps.
      Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about 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
  6. Hanen

    My brother had applied study permit in july ( he s a temporary residence holder till18/1/31 ). and got refused today. the reason of refusal are :

    1.Couldn’t applying within canada
    2.Don’t have enough time left to live in Canada legally.

    Few things i need to clear up:

    I’m a Work permit holder, and himself, as my brother shouldn’t be able to applying within Canada, Under guide 5552, “who may apply for a study permit from within canada”.

    The day we submit our application was July 6th. he had more than 6 months as required back then.
    I’m a work permit holder.

    Reply
  7. Ebrahim

    (study visa for ireland)
    Hiii

    my sponsor bank statement is showing a big lodgement and as a proof/source i supported it with notarized photocopy of the amount where i recieved. And other documents are perfect..so, my question is notarised photocopy wil they accept?? Still im waiting for my visa decision..
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ebrahim,

      Each country’s visa requirements are very different. We only specialize in American and Canadian immigration.

      Reply
  8. Ola Olam

    Hello, I applied for a Canadian student visa precisely on the 5th of May 2017, and did my biometrics on 15th of May 2017. However, I am yet to get a response from them to go for medicals. My resumption date is 4th of September. What are the chances of getting the visa before the resumption date if I did meet up with the criterias and also if the application was to be refused should I have heard from them by now. Ps I applied from Nigeria

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Ola,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to take a closer look at your case to determine whether you should have heard back or whether your visa could potentially have been refused. You may be able to reach out to them to check the processing status. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about 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
  9. Nair Rui Lim

    I am a full time student at a Biotechnology course at Seneca. In the Immigration site it says I have to continuosly study full time to be elegible for the working VISA but I am taking a course during this Summer ( just one class). Can that be a problem when I apply? I still have one more full time semester to go.Can they deny me the VISA?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Nair,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Every case is different, so we will have to take a closer look at your case to give you the precise information you need. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

    Reply
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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

    Reply

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