……….What do I do next???
To prospective international students, getting refused a Canadian study permit is not good news at all. Especially because of the time, money and energy that has been expended in processing this application. Today, we will be exploring steps you can take after you have received a study permit refusal letter from Canadian Immigration.
Understand the reason for the denial: Review the reason your study permit was denied to ensure that there the denial was not based on miss-information or lack of information. Once you review it and it shows that you provided all the information you were required to submit, then the next question to ask is if the information sufficient enough to proof to the immigration officer that you are eligible for the study permit. Sometimes, you need to communicate with an expert in the field to determine what went wrong if it is not obvious.
Request Access to your Case file : In addition to understanding the reason for the refusal or denial, a request can be submitted to access to your case file from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada. Having access to this information would better inform you on exactly why you were refused or denied. Please note, average processing time for this request is 30 business days. So, in most cases this might not be the best option unless you choose to defer your admission.
Contact your prospective Canadian Institution – In most cases, when your study permit is denied you have very little time before your program of study begins. Therefore, given the processing times for Canadian study permit in most locations around the world, it is best for you to contact the school and notify them of the study permit outcome an request for a a start date deferral for your program. Please note, not all school can defer admissions. Sometimes, you may end up losing your admission and need to re-apply for admission in the next application season. Also, if you had paid your tuition, you may request a refund of the tuition paid at this time if you don’t wish to re-apply for the study permit and the school should reimburse you. There may be some administrative fee deducted before the reimbursement. Amount reimbursed is solely dependent on the school’s policies.
Re-apply: According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), decisions made on temporary resident visa application such as study permit, work permit or visiting visa cannot be appealed. Therefore, the only option you have if denied is to re-apply if possible. When re-applying, consider processing times and your school resumption dates. If you do not have enough time, you would be better off contacting the school to defer the admission. When re-applying, it is important to address all the reasons you were denied in your initial application with supporting evidence that you should be granted a study permit. For example, if you were denied due to insufficient funds, you will have to how more funds that meet or exceeds to required amount when you re-apply. It would be advisable to submit a cover letter or letter of explanation with your documents highlighting how you have addressed all the reasons you were denied a study permit in your initial application.
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