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Access denied: Canada's refusal rate for visitor visas soars !

26 July 2018

Access denied: Canada's refusal rate for visitor visas soars !
According to a new report by Globe and Mail newspaper , Canada refused more than a 25% of all visitor visa (Temporary Resident Visa - TRV) applications in 2017 — and 30% in the first three months of 2018 .
 
The report is based on data obtained by the Globe and Mail from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that show both the number of Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications for purposes including tourism, school, business, conferences and family visits — and the number of refusals — increasing significantly since 2012.
 
Who is being refused ?
 
According to a new report, refusal rates were highest for applicants from Africa and Middle East ( Jordan , Lebanon , Syria , Yemen , Egypt , Iran, Somalia , Afghanistan and Iraq ) , with 75 per cent of applications from Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan being rejected in the last two years.
 
Between 2012 and 2017, the number of TRV applications processed each year by IRCC increased from 1.3 million to 2.3 million, the Globe and Mail says. During this same period, the number of refusals soared to more than 600,000 in 2017.
 
Of this last number, 494,133 were non-student TRV applications, which were refused at a rate of 26% in 2017. In 2012, the refusal rate for non-student TRVs was 18% , the Globe and Mail says.
 
Data for the first three months of 2018 saw the refusal rate surpass 2017, rising to 30% for non-student visas.
 
The refusal rate for student visa applications was even higher — climbing from 26% in 2012 to 33% in 2017.
 
The Globe and Mail said the data reveal that it is becoming more difficult to get a Canadian visa approved — “and the odds against applicants are rising.”
 
Canada temporary resident visa basic Requirements
 
IRCC states that the following basic requirements must be met in order to be permitted to travel to Canada:
 
  • have a valid travel document, like a passport;
  • be in good health;
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions;
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country;
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit;
  • have a good travel history ;
  • have enough money for your stay.
 
Reasons for Canadian visa rejection :
 
The visa rejection mostly takes place when an applicant fails to complete the visa eligibility criteria. There are eligibility requirements that the applicant must qualify for obtaining any kind of TRV in Canada. The reasons for Canada visa rejection are as follows:
 
  • Failure to provide appropriate and exact supporting documents ;
  • Failure to demonstrate adequate financial resources to finance your travel to and stay in Canada;
  • Failure to meet international security standards, such as in cases where the applicant has a criminal background;
  • Failure to meet health standards;
  • Visa officer has reservations regarding the applicant’s intention or her/his TRV application;
 
There may be further factors that could result in a Canadian TRV refusal, but several fall within the parameters of those mentioned. But, if you want to investigate the roots of it, you may request access to the notes your visa officer made while reviewing your application.  Having said that , you may request GCMS (Global Case Management System) / CAIPS notes which give you the exact reasons of your Canada TRV rejection . Also , it may help you to address any concerns in your reapplication.
 
If a temporary resident visa is refused , does the applicant have to wait before applying again ?
 
If IRCC refuses a TRV application to come to Canada, the applicant  can apply again at any time, unless the decision letter says she / he can’t. The applicant should only apply again if she / he can include information that she / he didn’t include before.

What to do if a Canadian temporary resident visa is refused ?
 
The rejection letter you receive holds many indications and significant information about the reasons why your TRV application was denied. Review it carefully and take note of whatever information you can find that you can use later to strengthen your reapplication case.
 
Know that it is also probable that the new TRV application will pass through another visa officer who may have a different examination about the documents provided.
 
If your TRV application is refused, you may be eligible to appeal the refusal or reapply for the TRV. In the case of an appeal, however, you cannot anticipate the visa officer or authorities at the consulate (embassy) to accept an appeal to obtain even a TRV. The best option is for you to reapply for a visa with your newly improved application.

Final thoughts

Being denied a Canadian TRV can be annoying as it can mess up vacation , education , travel plans, work plans, or even a new living arrangement. Don't fret , after a visa rejection there are a number of steps you may be able to take to still get a Canadian visa.
 
Whatever the basis for your refusal, it is imperative not to become discouraged. There are many options on hand.
 
Contact us today to figure out the best approach and best strategy for your case.
 
Find out if you are eligible to immigrate to Canada by completing our free assessment. A member of the Quebec Investment Consultation & Management Services (QICMS) LLC team will review your eligibility and contact you to discuss your options!
 

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