The Basics: Finding a Pathway to PR

What Are My Chances of Study Permit Approval?

Study permits consistently have one of the lowest rates of approval across all immigration applications – almost 50% are refused.

But why is this the case?

Canada Wants No Headaches

Canada wants to stop people from using a study permit to get to Canada and then staying here illegally or working without paperwork. The government solution? To make a comparison; one between YOU and those who have been caught breaking study permit immigration laws in the past. If your profile closely resembles these people, Canada will say, “NO DEAL” to your study permit application.

Some of the key indicator of your success include the following:

  • Country of Citizenship – People applying from developed countries have a better chance.
  • Age – Younger students have a better chance.
  • Program of Study – Higher levels of education have a better chance.


Find Out Your Chances of Approval!

Talk to an immigration lawyer today about your chances of approval!

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Additional Factors

Whenever the Canadian government denies a study permit, the applicant receive a refusal letter that contains several standard reasons for refusal. These refusal reasons provide a basis to deny ‘red flag’ applicants.

See if you can spot your red flags! Compare your study permit application to the following refusal factors. Note that we’ve translated them into plain English as well:

  • Personal Assets: “No job, no car, no house, no business, no ties to bring you home.”
  • Study Plan: “Your program choices don’t make sense and don’t match your work or study history. How will this program get you a job in your home country?”
  • Proof of Finances: “How can you be a student if you can’t afford school fees and living expenses? Show us more money.”
  • Strong Family Ties to Canada: “With family ties in Canada, you are more likely to stay in Canada illegally and work without paperwork.”
  • Lack of Evidentiary Documents: “We can’t prove you’re not a headache without the right documents and forms!”
  • Lack of Employment Prospects in Home Country: “You’re not employed enough, and you might try to find illegal work in Canada.”
  • Travel History: “How do we know you’ll follow Canadian immigration laws? You have no track record or history of travel.”
  • Current Employment Situation: “You need to prove that you’re successful at home, so that we know you’ll be successful here.”
  • Illegal Status in Country of Residence: “You’re already a headache in another country so you will be a headache here.”
  • History of Overstaying Status on a Previous Visit to Canada: “Once a problem, always a problem.”
  • Documents Do Not Appear to be Authentic: “Your documents are fake. Red flag.”

To learn more about creating strategies to overcome these potential reasons for refusal visit our main study permit information page by clicking here.

To book a FREE online meeting with an immigration lawyer to discuss your own study permit application click here.