Canada student visa: Here’s why applications are being rejected and how to avoid

Reports suggest that the student visa permit rejection have spiked to an almost 60% in the past few days.


Rejection of student visas in Canada are on the rise since the lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions and air travel ban in 2021. However, students have experienced a sharp increase in rejection, especially in the last few days.

Students with IELTS scores of 6.5 to 7, good academic record and financial background were also reportedly rejected.

A CBC News Report have said that out of more than two million applications for temporary residence and permanent residence (PR) pending in Canada, nearly one million originated from India. The report also mentioned that Canada currently has a backlog of more than 2.4 million immigration applications as of June 29, up from 1.8 million applications in March.

This data comes from the Canadian department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

For this reason, student visas are rejected

Experts have indicated that the number of visa applications among students for Canada due to declining interest in Australia and New Zealand.

The mass refusals and visa approval delays could be due to this sudden increase in visa applications. In particular, the Canada visa application process has become quite a lengthy process involving a lengthy process of 9-12 months.

Experts have also cited a high pending rate of applications in various categories, fraud documentation by students in some cases, licensing issues with certain private colleges for the increasing rejection of student visa approvals.

Pending Applications

A report by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration was presented in Canada’s House of Commons in May entitled “Different Treatment in the Recruitment and Admission of Foreign Students in Quebec and the Rest of Canada.”

According to this report, in 2021 the total number of Applications for study permits rejected and processed from India 91,439 and 225,402 respectively. The rejection rate was almost 41%.

In the case of India, the number of PR applications is 96,378 and the number of temporary residence applications is 430,286. The total number of pending applications was 9,56,950, the highest in the world.

According to the report, the number of student visa approvals increased by 52% from 2,64,625 in 2016 to 4,02,427 in 2019, the highest since Canada’s student visa program began.

However, in 2020, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on travel and access to services to submit the required documentation for a complete application, there was a 36% decrease compared to 2020 when Canada issued 2,56,740 study permits would have .

This is how you avoid rejection

An important step to avoid having your application rejected is to make sure you have all the required documents ready on time. According to the Government of Canada official website, you should have the following documents ready when applying for a student visa

-A letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in which you will attend

-If you are under the age of 18 coming to study from outside Canada, you must study at a DLI with an approved COVID-19 preparedness plan unless you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler.

– As many of the documents required for a complete application as possible

-A letter of explanation for any documents missing due to Covid-19

-If you wish to study in Quebec, you must provide a valid Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) or your acceptance letter for your CAQ.

The site also warns, “We cannot complete your study permit until you have submitted a complete application. Waiting for documents to be submitted causes delays in processing.”

Please also note that you must apply for a study permit before coming to Canada. Some individuals can apply for a study permit within Canada

Here is a quick document review for your application

You need these documents to apply for a study permit:

-Certificate of Acceptance

-Proof of Identity

– Proof of financial support

How to apply for a student visa in Canada

Students apply for study visas in Canada through Student Direct Stream (SDS) and non-SDS categories. Here are the steps to apply for a student visa online.

Step 1: Make sure you have everything you need

For the online application you need:

-A scanner or camera to make electronic copies of your documents

-A valid credit or debit card

Step 2: Read the user manual

Even if you apply online, you should read the instructions before completing your application. The guide explains how to fill in each field of the form.

Step 3: Prepare your answers for the online tool

Before you can upload your forms, you need to answer a few questions. These are used to create a personalized student document checklist.

Step 4: Find out about the fees you will have to pay

In most cases, your fees will include:

-Processing fees for you and anyone you include in your application


These fees are to be paid at the end of the application

Third Party Fees

Depending on your situation, you may have to pay third parties for medical exams, police clearances, language tests, and services at a visa application center if you use one.

You do not pay these fees in your online account. You pay them directly to the third party.

biometric fee

In most cases, you should pay a biometrics fee when you apply. Otherwise there may be delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of taking fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to provide your biometrics.

Step 5: Create your online account or login

You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to:

– Pay your dues

-Submit your application

-Check your status

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