Rising Study Permit Refusal Rates Make it Difficult for International Students to Enter Canada
Canada is making it tougher for International students to enter Canada. Admission to a university, college or school is not proving to be any saving grace.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) study permit rejection rates are rising. From an application refusal rate of 24.3% in 2012, the sharp spike to 34.6% is astounding, to say the least.
Increasing Numbers of Students
The rejection rate is remarkably coinciding with the increasing demand for Canadian education across the world. As of 2018, Canada ranks as the fourth most popular international study destination in the world.
At the end of 2017, over 500,000 international students were in Canada. The population of the international students is higher than the people of London, Ontario or the entire Prince Edward Island.
Declining Approval Rates of Study Permit
Students in Canada need valid study permits to live and study in the country.
It is important to review the possible rise in rejection rates, which was different as per the level of study, applicant’s citizenship and the chosen province. British Columbia saw the highest approval rates where only a quarter of student applications were rejected. Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island had more than 50% rejection rates for international students who wished to study there.
The trend of rejection was primarily noticed in a few areas such as:
- Higher applications to Canadian colleges, which typically have greater rejection rates
- Source country of the international students. Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, being prominent
- University-bound student applications saw a spike in rejections
An increasing trend of refusal for international students applying for an undergraduate degree was evident. Supporting your study permit application with advice from an experienced and knowledgeable Immigration Lawyer can certainly help in boosting the chances of your application.
Students from developing nations are seeing a resurgence, with Nigeria taking the lead. IRCC’s refusal rates meanwhile continue to go south. In 2017, more than 82% of applications were rejected from Nigerians wishing to study in Canada, which was exponentially higher than the 55% rejection rate just three years ago.
Implications for International Students
Global Affairs Canada mentions that International students contribute substantially to Canada’s export economy. In 2016 alone, they spent more than $15.5 billion in Canada. Colleges and Universities also rely on international students to occupy their seats increasingly as domestic student enrollment rates keep declining across Canadian provinces.
IRCC Communications Advisor, Shannon Ker stated that study permit applications are evaluated on a case-to-case basis and entirely dependent upon the facts showcased by the applicants.
No new policy changes have been released in the Study permit visa stream.
While all applications are given equal treatment, country-specific socio-economic factors can be different leading to a differential assessment of applications. She asserted that more than country-specific factors, case-specific factors are at play which is the reason for wide variations in approval rates even across successive months.
IRCC officers consider various factors while considering a study permit application. Common rejection reasons include when students do not have sufficient funds to support themselves or cannot show strong reasons for returning to their home country. Criminal record, immigration violations, security threat or medical condition endangering the Canadian nationals are other reasons for refusing a study permit application.
Over time, Canadian Government policies have made it much easier for an international student to become a permanent resident. The IRCC officers may reject an application if they feel that the prime motivation for the student is the Canadian permanent residency and not the Canadian education.
With education considered as one of the most popular pathways to securing permanent residency in Canada, the rising refusal rates are not surprising. At this time, having an informed and capable Immigration Lawyer and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) by your side will be very helpful in obtaining successful outcomes for you.
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