Canada’s visa rejection rates double post COVID

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It has recently been reported that Canada’s Visa Rejection rates are rising among certain nationalities but studies suggest that Canada still remains the most preferred study destination for international students. In 2021, IDP Connect surveyed 3,650 students for “New Horizons” and around 69% of the total students ranked Canada as their most considered study destination.

Canada has reportedly been rejecting thousands of student visa applicants from countries such as India and Nigeria. According to TOI,  overseas education consultants are reporting high Canadian student visa rejection rates of 40% to 50% in 2022. 

From January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021, around 500,000 study permit applications were submitted to the Government of Canada, which indicates that this was a 76% increase compared to the same period in 2020.

According to student visa consultants, one of the reasons for high student visa rejection rates in Canada could be the declining interest of international students in other popular destinations for higher studies such as New Zealand and Australia

A report published by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration says that earlier this year on the possibly discriminatory treatment faced by some international students, after gathering evidence on issues like high study permit refusal rates and racism within the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The report hints at a racial bias behind the student visa refusals. 

An increase in student visa processing time has also affected a lot of international students as the process is now around 9-12 months long, says Visa Consultants. 

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