4 in 10 applications for Canada student visa rejected

4 in 10 applications for Canada student visa rejected

39% of applications for a Canada student visa were rejected in the first five months of 2019, statistics reveal.

The nearly 4 in 10 student visa rejections include applications for primary, secondary, post-secondary and language programmes.

Over half (53%) of all international students headed to study a Bachelor’s degree in Canada were turned away by immigration officials in the period from January to May this year, according to data provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

This shows a record rate of Canada student visa refusal and forms part of a trend that has seen immigration officials refuse an increasing proportion of applications each year as the international demand for Canadian education has soared.

Canada student visa applications doubled from 2014 to 2018

In 2014, 28% of permit applications were rejected by immigration officials; by 2018, the rate of rejection had risen to 34%.

This comes alongside the booming demand for education in Canada with the total number of applications almost doubling in this four year period to 340,000.

More fraudulent applications cause more Canada student visa to be rejected

There are a number of different reasons that officials state a Canada student visa is rejected: if they suspect the student may not return to their home country following graduation; if the student doesn’t have evidence of sufficient funds to pay tuition and living costs while in Canada; if the student is considered a threat to health and security in Canada; if the officer doesn’t think the student’s academic plan makes sense; if the application is incomplete, inaccurate or fraud is suspected.

Canada’s assistant deputy minister of immigration, Harpreet Kochhar, warned last autumn that fraud was becoming a significant problem in student visa permit applications.

Mr Kochhar told that 10% of admission letters attached to study permit applications were false and in one case a supposed admission letter from Dalhousie University did not even spell the university’s name correctly.


Kate Frazer - Global Education Times (GET News)

Kate Frazer is a reporter for Global Education Times with a focus on UK/Ireland and North American education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Kate spends her time as an English and Maths tutor, and is currently pursuing her PGCE in Secondary Mathematics.
You can reach her at: kate@globaleducationtimes.org

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