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Study Permit Application Refusals


Individuals who have applied for, but have been refused, a Canadian Study Permit may be able to re-apply or seek professional help with their application process.

Prospective students who have been refused a Canadian study permit may find themselves in a frustrating position. Having already been accepted into a Canadian school (university, college, or other designated institution) and prepared an application for a permit, it is important for applicants to understand the reasoning behind a study permit application refusal.

If a candidate has a spouse, his or her education and training, work experience and language proficiency will be considered towards a candidates overall cut-off score.The Employability cut-off score for candidates with a spouse or common-law partner is 52. Candidates selected to apply for a CSQ under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program will also be required to meet the minimum threshold for Selection factors, which is a passing score of 50 points (and 59 with a spouse or common-law partner). Selection factors take into consideration all Employability factors, the presence of accompanying children and the ability to demonstrate financial self-sufficiency.

Reasons for refusal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will in most cases provide applicants with a letter outlining the reasons for the refusal. Some common reasons why IRCC may refuse a study permit application include an applicant’s inability to: 1) Show proof of financial capacity to support yourself while studying in Canada; 2) Pass the medical exam (if one is required); convince the immigration officer that his or her main intent of coming to Canada is to study; and/or 3) Convince the immigration officer that he or she will leave Canada once their study period is complete.

Applying for a review of the decision

Refusals for a Study Permit are typically a result of the applicant failing to satisfy one or more of the eligibility criteria. If an applicant can prove that he or she in fact does satisfy the criteria, he or she may have grounds to apply for a review by the Federal Court of Canada. You can apply judicial review .

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