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Common Reasons for Study Permit Refusals

There are several common reasons why a study permit application for Canada may be refused.  Remember, refusals are not final, and you can re-apply. It is important to understand the reasons and perfect the applications next time. It is also important to get visa office (GCMS) notes to review details of officers' concerns.

Common Reasons

 It's important to note that the reasons for refusal can vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case.It is recommended that you carefully review the requirements and guidelines for  Study permit application for category you are applying to (SDS or non SDS) and provide all necessary documentation to avoid any issues with their application.

Incomplete application:

If the application is missing required information or documents.

Ineligible program of study: 

If the program of study is not accredited or recognized by the government of Canada, or if the program does not meet the minimum standards for a post-secondary institution in Canada.

Financial insufficiency:

If the applicant cannot demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation.

Lack of ties to home country:

If the applicant cannot demonstrate strong ties to their home country, such as family, property, or employment.

Failure to meet language requirements: 

If the applicant cannot demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French.


Medical inadmissibility: If the applicant has a medical condition that could place excessive demand on Canada's healthcare system or pose a risk to public health and safety.
Criminality: If the applicant has a criminal record or poses a security risk.


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