Canada’s Stringent Student Visa Rejections


Canada has recently come under the spotlight for its high rejection rates of student visas, especially for applicants from India. In this blog post, we will explore the nuances of this issue, shedding light on the financial aspects and sharing a personal experience that exemplifies the challenges faced by Indian international students.

Understanding Educational Visas:

Educational visas play a crucial role in the life of an Indian international student, particularly those without substantial financial means. The recent article revealing Canada’s strict stance on visa approvals, especially in comparison to the vast difference in tuition fees, underscores the complexities faced by prospective students.

Tuition Fee Discrepancy:

The article highlights a significant gap in tuition fees between international and Canadian students. While international students pay an average of $38,000, their Canadian counterparts are charged just over $7,000. This financial barrier raises questions about accessibility to quality education for those who lack financial stability.

A Client’s Perspective:

In a conversation with one of my clients, Aneesh, who immigrated to Canada in 2020, I learned about his six-week study bridging program. This initiative not only helped him find a job, but also highlighted the stark difference in tuition fees for immigrants and international students. Aneesh’s case, in which he paid $600 CAD (which was later refunded to him due to government sponsorship), highlights the different programs available to immigrants. These differences in tuition fees for PR holders and international students highlight the complexity of studying abroad as a student.

Challenges Faced by Indian Students:

Despite India being a major source of international students, recent data paints a worrisome picture. Approximately 40% of visa applications from Indian students were rejected by Canada, the highest rejection rate among all countries. The reasons given, labeled as “other” and “unspecified,” pose significant hurdles for prospective students. Navigating this complex landscape requires a keen understanding of immigration policies and fostering open dialogue within the global community.


In conclusion, the challenges faced by Indian students seeking education in Canada demand attention and discussion. By understanding the intricacies of visa rejections and the associated financial burdens, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and accessible educational environment for international students.

Full article: Canada ‘doing its job’ rejecting many student visas

Priya Gupal
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