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8 reasons why your visa can get rejected 

What are the main reasons a Canadian visa can be rejected/ refused?

Visa refusals can be very frustrating as they can alter all the plans set by the candidate, additionally, the candidate may feel that all the efforts were in vain, as the whole process was time and money-consuming.

Canadian visas can be rejected for various reasons such as failure to prove sufficient finances, providing all the right documents without any mistakes, unable to meet the requirements regarding health, security of criminal admissibility, the program quotas already full, and much more.

In more technical terms the officer can refuse a candidate’s visa if it doesn’t meet Section 179 (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

In this case, our team of experts will first recommend you review your rejected application and find out all the reasons why your application got rejected in the first place.


1: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to their travel history

An officer can refuse a visa of a candidate who has no previous travel history or one that has an overly extensive travel history. For someone with no travel history, the issue can easily be resolved by submitting a new application.


2: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to the purpose of the visit

Refusing a candidate’s visa based on the purpose of the visit can be a very subjective decision. The officer can only refuse a visa of a candidate, in this case, if the details provided aren’t enough. The decision-making officer must know clearly specifically why the applicant is visiting the country. For example, if the applicant mentions that he/she is visiting the country with their children is vague, instead, the applicant should be more detailed and mention that they are maybe visiting to help their children with the paperwork of their university and see them off in their new campus.


3: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to family ties

For an officer to accept and approve the candidate's visa, they must assess the detailed explanation of the candidate concerning the nature of the relationship between both parties (visitor and relative living in Canada). This is also subjective, the type and form of relationship can work for or against the candidate.


4: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to their immigration status

In order to look convincing enough for the immigrant office to grant access or approve the visit visa of an applicant, they must have legal status in the country where they are located when they submit the application. The applicant must also have all the necessary documents proving their legal status in the country of their current residence.


5: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to their assets and financial status

The most important part of the assessment process for the office is making sure that the visitor has enough funds for the whole trip to Canada from plane tickets to hotel stay, food, drinks, and other activities.

The 3 main points the officer will check are:

  • the applicant must have enough funds for the travel tickets to and from Canada
  • The applicant must have enough funds to pay for the whole trip (the meals the lodging, the shopping…)
  • Additionally, the officer would also like to receive information about the financial status of the Canadian receiver of the applicant applying for the tourist visa.

6: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to their current employment situation

With all the illegal activities happening all around the world, for precaution's sake, the officer would like to know the source of the funds of the applicant (where the money is coming from). If the visitor has a stable job, then they should be able to prove that they are employed. In this case, if the applicant has a stable job in their home country then it makes them more like not to overstay in the country, and has to go back to their home country and continue their work.

In the case where the applicant has his own business in the country, he/she is residing, this creates a strong tie to the visa applicant’s home country. In the opposite case, if the applicant were to be unemployed then it would be very challenging to get the visa approved.


7: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to the length of the trip

If the trip is longer than the reasonable amount of time, if the officer feels like the stay is longer than needed, then they may refuse the visa.


8: A candidate’s visa can be refused due to misinterpretation

If the officer observes and notices that some of the documents provided aren’t a hundred percent authentic this may diminish the credibility of the whole submission of the applicant.

If the applicant’s visa submission has been refused, they can still apply for it later at any time they want, once they have rectified all the mistakes that were made previously. In the case where the applicant notices that there have not been any mistakes or any lack in the documentation and that it may be the officer’s fault then they can file for an appeal, for which you would need the help of an immigration lawyer whose an expert in this field with years of experience.


How can Vazir Group help you move to Canada?

Our Immigration experts will guide you and support you throughout the entire process. They will first check your eligibility, assess you, and share with you a detailed report with the appropriate steps to take to have a smooth and seamless immigration process.

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