Top 5 Canada Student Visa rejection reasons in 2023 & how to avoid them

Top 5 Canada Student Visa rejection reasons in 2023 & how to avoid them

I’m never ashamed to admit that my first Canada student visa was rejected. And it’s all because I didn’t know these five Canadian student visa rejection reasons. I’m about to share them here. Pay close attention as I will teach you how to get into the visa officer’s head. And to get your visa approved.

Secret to get your student visa approved

Here is the secret to get your student visa approved.

  • For every visa officer, their main goal is to ensure that they issue visas to those who are planning to return to their home countries. 
  • Try to take a step back and evaluate everything with the perspective of that visa officer.

Top 5 Canada Student Visa Rejection Reasons

Here are the top 5 Canada student visa reasons that every international student should be aware of.

Reason 1: Travel History

Honesty what I mean by this is not a lot of people know there is a rumor Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand share the same immigration database.

If your visa to any of those countries was rejected. Please do not lie about it. Be honest and think about how this little lie might undermine your reputation and your dignity in the eyes of the visa officer.

Another thing is if you have not left your country or you’ve never traveled anywhere then how would they know that you would leave Canada after studies. Think about this.

The exception would be high school students as it’s a bit different for them.

Reason 2: No Family Ties

I want you to think of a ship. Every ship has to have an anchor to keep it in the same spot otherwise the wind will move it back and forth.

Your family, your assets, your real estate in your home country are the anchors. It keeps your ship in that water. It will never move back and forth.

The visa officer cannot see that anchor that holds you in your country and hold your ship in the same spot. In this case, there is a high probability of your visa being rejected to Canada

Reason 3: No Job Prospects

This reason is more directed at my older students as it doesn’t really relate to high school students. The program in Canada that you’re allegedly taking leads you to more opportunities back home.

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It makes sense to ask yourself if my program something that looks like it will give me more opportunities to give you.

An example let’s say you work in IT field back home and you’re taking a program in Canada that will enable you to become the chief operating officer at your company. Then yes it makes total sense for you to go for that program.

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Reason 4: Insufficient Funds

I know this way too well because I went through it myself.

I didn’t know that. For my two year program, I had to show enough money to cover the whole duration.

So first I showed about C$ 15,000 in my account and my visa got rejected.

I got an explanation that I need to cover the whole two-year program duration plus about C$ 10,000 a year for expenses.

The next time I reapplied with about C$ 55,000 and my visa was approved in like seven days.

Remember the more money the better but if you can’t show a hundred thousand, just stick to the golden rule about the cost of your program per year depending on how many years your program lasts. And on top of that about ten to $15,000 a year for your expenses.

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Reason 5: Purpose of Visit

Think about what the visa officer will think if he sees that your qualification in the home country is pretty high but then you want to downgrade.

For example, you have an MBA in your home country and then you’re coming to Canada and you want to take office administration.

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Why would you downgrade that sounds super weird to anybody? 

study program exampleThe exception would be if your prior education and your prior background work experience are not related. If you took a course in something that you no longer work in but you’re working something else but you want to grow in that position then, of course, it makes sense for you to come to Canada even to take something lower than that.

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