Every year, millions of people visit Canada as tourists. Some come to see the country’s natural beauty, others to visit family or friends, and still others to take part in business or other professional activities. If you’re planning a trip to Canada, there’s a good chance you’ll need a visa.
A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), also referred to as a visitor visa, is an official document issued by a Canadian visa office that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, a student, or a worker).
Applying for a Canada visit visa can be a daunting process. There are a lot of forms to fill out, and supporting documentation to gather. And, of course, there’s no guarantee that your application will be successful. However, it’s important to note that not everyone who applies for a Canadian visa will be approved. In fact, every year, thousands of applications are refused. So, what are the top reasons for the refusal of a Canada visit visa? Let’s take a look.
The number one reason for refusal of a Canada visit visa is incomplete documentation. When you apply for a visa, you’ll be required to submit various documents such as proof of financial stability, proof of ties to your home country, and a detailed travel itinerary. If any of these items are missing from your application, they will likely be refused.
Incorrect or incomplete forms
Another common reason for refusal is incorrect or incomplete forms. The application process for a Canada visit visa is complex, and there are a lot of forms to fill out—including biographical information forms and travel history forms. It’s important that all forms are complete and accurate; if not, your application may well be refused on those grounds alone.
Lack of evidence of strong ties to your home country
The number one reason for refusal is also the most common: lack of evidence of strong ties to your home country. When evaluating an application, Canadian visa officers want to see that you have ties—such as a job, property ownership, or family—that will compel you to return to your home country at the end of your trip.
If you don’t have any ties to your home country, or if you haven’t provided enough evidence of those ties, it’s likely that your application will be refused.
Another common issue is insufficient funds. When applying for a Canada visit visa, you must show that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. The amount of money required varies depending on the length of your stay, whether you plan to stay in a hotel or with friends or family, and other factors.
However, a general rule of thumb is that you should have access to at least CAD $100 per day during your trip (excluding the cost of your flight and accommodation). So, if you’re planning a 10-day trip, you should have at least CAD $1,000 available. If you can’t demonstrate that you have access to those funds, it’s likely that your application will be refused.
Previous Immigration Violations
Another common reason for refusal is previous immigration violations. If you have previously been refused entry into Canada or have overstayed your welcome on past trips, your application is likely to be rejected.
Finally, if you have a criminal record—even if it’s just a misdemeanour—you may be refused a Canada visit visa. If you do have a criminal record, all is not lost; you may still be eligible for what’s called an Individual Rehabilitation Application. However, this process can be lengthy and expensive, so it’s best to avoid run-ins with the law altogether if you’re planning on visiting Canada in the near future.
Another common reason for refusal of a Canada visa is medical inadmissibility. In order to be admitted into Canada, applicants must not pose a danger to public health or safety, and they must not place excessive demand on social services.
Misrepresenting yourself on your application, or providing false or misleading information, is grounds for refusal of a Canada visa. Make sure that everything you include on your application is accurate and truthful.
You can be banned from applying to come to Canada for a period of 5 years. Misrepresentation is serious and should be taken seriously.
If you need a hand with your application, contact us today. You can book a consultation to get started. Turningstone Immigration Consulting is a full-service Immigration consultancy. Our services are provided by a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).
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