Patrick Arsenault, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) works with foreign nationals and permanent residents to address immigration-related legal issues and concerns.
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Many international students believe that applying for a study permit is a straightforward process. While it has been simplified in previous years, I continue to see several students having to delay their studies by a semester or arrive several days or weeks in the semester because their study permit application was declined or delayed.
In 2017, 39% of all study permit applications were declined across the board. The data shows that although some factors can influence the likelihood of an application to go through such as the country of origin or the destination province, there are high risks of denial in all cases.
On October 2, 2018, processing times for Canadian study permits were between 6 and 14 weeks depending on the country of origin. For many that means that an initial refusal means that a student may have to way an extra three months to try a second time, which could mean wasting an entire semester.