Over half of international students are rejected by visa officers


Nicholas Keung of the Toronto Star reports that visa officers are rejecting thousands of study permit applications for students accepted to postsecondary institutions across Canada. Keung reports that between January and April 2023, the immigration department approved 54.3% of study permit applications from students that were accepted to a postsecondary institution. In Ontario, some public colleges reportedly had a higher rejection rate than public universities, and rejection rates were higher for private institutions than for public. In an article for the Windsor Star St Clair College VP of International Relations Ron Seguin said that the numbers means that the government is “doing its job” to make sure students meet requirements. Seguin said that visa rates have been consistent for years and that the college takes them into consideration when accepting students.

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