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Confused about reasons for study permit rejections!!

Laguna55

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Why does IRCC reject applications based on previous study? It's possible for someone to have a career change. And most students will have other reasons for studying in Canada, for example, to get extra points for PR application later. So ofcourse the student will leave Canada, why are they rejecting applications on the assumption students will stay in Canada illegally?
 

primaprime

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Why does IRCC reject applications based on previous study? It's possible for someone to have a career change. And most students will have other reasons for studying in Canada, for example, to get extra points for PR application later. So ofcourse the student will leave Canada, why are they rejecting applications on the assumption students will stay in Canada illegally?
It's precisely because they know many international students (especially from certain regions) are interested in simply finding any way to become a PR. An unexplained career change suggests the course is only being used to gain entry to Canada, and not as a genuine academic pursuit. This leads them to the opposite conclusion of "of course the student will leave Canada."
 

Laguna55

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That's strange, I have watched official videos and commentaries stating one way off boosting points for PR is by studying and getting a few years of experience in Canada. No one is going to Canada and spending $$$ just to study. It's entirely possible for someone to take a few years out and do something different and then return to their country to apply those skills. Or to use it to gain more points for PR. In my opinion, once the college or uni has offered a seat then ircc shouldn't have any objection whatever the student motive. Just seems a way for ircc to rake in application fees and decline as many applications as possible. Crazy world!
 
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primaprime

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That's strange, I have watched official videos and commentaries stating one way off boosting points for PR is by studying and getting a few years of experience in Canada. No one is going to Canada and spending $$$ just to study. It's entirely possible for someone to take a few years out and do something different and then return to their country to apply those skills. Or to use it to gain more points for PR. In my opinion, once the college or uni has offered a seat then ircc shouldn't have any objection whatever the student motive. Just seems a way for ircc to rake in application fees and decline as many applications as possible. Crazy world!
Yes, paying $$$ to study in Canada is one of the ways to gain points for PR, but a study permit is still a temporary status.

To be granted a temporary status you must prove that your stay in Canada will be temporary, i.e. that you are coming as a legitimate student and will leave Canada afterward to apply your new skills in your home country. You may indeed later apply for PR, but you are not at that stage yet.

The problem is basically this: if IRCC thinks your goal is ultimately to become a PR, they will assume you are so desperate to stay in Canada you would rather overstay and work illegally than return home if you do not get PR in time.
 

Laguna55

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Ircc must have a crystal ball if they can sit there and decide who is going to return and who is going to overstay
 

primaprime

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Ircc must have a crystal ball if they can sit there and decide who is going to return and who is going to overstay
No, but they have a set of factors they consider, such as if the proposed studies in Canada are relevant to the applicant's background. If they are not, it can suggest the applicant has other motives, especially if the course chosen is from a college known for being less expensive.
 

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i dont know this for sure, but my understanding is that, since we are applying study permit, the intent should focus on studying while not others, including pr.
if you applied study permit but in order to get pr at the end, firstly, it would level up the risk of illegal immigrants anyway ( yes you may go back if you cannot get a valid work permit or pr after graduation, but from a macro demographic perspective, there obviously will be someone overstaying without legal status). secondly, a pr oriented study permit applicant is more likely to study not for their interest or career development, and this leads to a poor education outcome, which also occupies the limited resources for those who really intent to study.
and besides, since we are neither pr nor citizens of canada, it is not our right to demand a study permit from ircc, but instead, it is the right of ircc to decide if we are allowed to enter into canada to study or not.
 
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tapperb

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Ircc must have a crystal ball if they can sit there and decide who is going to return and who is going to overstay
You should thank IRCC because but ironically they are looking out for people like you that do not seem to have long term vision. Yes, most students who study in Canada are likely to have done it for PR purposes but not every student gets PR after studying. Do you see the difference? They don't want people solely studying and then failing miserably if that doesn't work out and then trying to stay in Canada illegally. On the contrary, applicants that show education in line with their background or their career with a SOP that explains why exactly their proposed study boosts their overall professional profile are more trusted as this individual, whether they get PR or not, will have incentive to succeed regardless of where they are and accordingly less likely to overstay their visa in Canada.
 
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Islander216

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Any international student's primary intent must be studying while on their study permit, and the immigration officer must be convinced they will leave Canada when their permit ends.

Applying for PR is a secondary intent you can have, but it must be secondary.
 
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Why does IRCC reject applications based on previous study? It's possible for someone to have a career change. And most students will have other reasons for studying in Canada, for example, to get extra points for PR application later. So ofcourse the student will leave Canada, why are they rejecting applications on the assumption students will stay in Canada illegally?
i think the refusal will not solely based on the chosen program of study and its relationship to your career change.
it must be explain in full details why the need to change career path.
the applicant must submit a well written LOE or SOP so doubts on the intention will not be suspected by the visa officer.