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Fraudulent Study Permit Applications Resulting in Scrutiny From Immigration Officials

Canada has seen year-over-year growth in international student enrollment for the past two decades. An increase in Canadian study visa applications has meant greater rates of disapproval for applicants, even though the absolute number of permits issued has risen each year since 2015. With more candidates competing for study permits, the need to submit a seamless application the first time has never been greater.

Recognized as a top study destination, Canada has seen a 154% increase in enrollment of international students since 2010. The options available to international students to work in the country upon graduation, to work while studying without a work permit, and to apply for permanent resident status under the Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry are just some of the major draws to study experience in Canada. Those interested in qualifying for permanent resident status will find that studying in the country is an excellent step in putting you on the path to making Canada home.

Fraudulent Applications Resulting in Greater Scrutiny

As applications for study visas increase, we’re seeing greater rejection rates for sending countries. High numbers of fraudulent, misrepresented and poorly put-together applications cause wariness and scrutiny among immigration officials, and applications received from countries where document fraud is common lead to those applicants being more closely assessed.

With more candidates in competition, and one of every ten applications being clearly fraudulent, having an accurate and complete application is now more important than ever.

An experienced Canadian immigration lawyer can help guide students through the study visa process, ensuring you get your best chances at success. They can assist prospective students submit the strongest application possible, including a strong statement of purpose describing your intentions for study in Canada.

Anya Leibovitch

Anya Leibovitch is a writer, editor, and translator based in Montreal. She writes about the city’s tech and literary scene, as well as immigration.

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