According to a new report, Canada visitor visa refusal rates for visitors is on the rise. In 2017 alone, the report shows that nearly 600,000 people were refused visitor visas for short stays in Canada. Again, during the three first months of 2018, It also rejected another 30% of the applications for the same type of visa, that it received.
Normally, these visas allow visitors to travel to Canada temporarily for tourism, conferences, business, school, or to visit their families and friends.
While Canada determines all applications using the same eligibility criteria, some of the factors considered are an applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence. Applicants from troubled countries in Africa and the Middle East, with less political and economic stability, had the highest rates of refusals rate.
In fact, many African and Middle Eastern countries face a refusal rate of more than 75% of visitor visa applications.
How does a person get refused?
One of the major reasons for refusal of a visitor visa or temporary resident visa is that an applicant fails to convince the visa officer that they intend to leave Canada at the end of their period of stay.
If a visa officer has reason to believe that an aspiring visitor or applicant may overstay in Canada, past the authorized period of stay, then the visa application will most likely be refused or denied.
So, when preparing a visitor visa application, applicants should ensure that they include evidence or proof that they have already purchased return travel ticket, or that they have sufficient funds for such travel.
As well, if an applicant fails to demonstrate they will be able to fund their stay in Canada their visa application also may be denied or rejected.
New Biometrics Requirements
Recently, the country announced that it would introduce a new biometrics scheme in order to improve the immigration process through effective screening, and that it would also introduce changes in the immigration policies, in order to facilitate the application process for applicants that wish to come to the country, while attempting not to lose the confidence of public.
Despite the number of the refusal rate for temporary resident or student visas, Canada has also introduced a new simpler and quicker visa processing mechanisms, for students coming from India, Vietnam China, and the Philippines.
The new biometrics scheme makes it possible for the students coming from these countries to obtain a visa within Forty-five (45) days, while other students have to wait for Fifteen (15) days more. The program called Student Direct Stream (SDS) is open to students who want to apply to all higher educational institutions, such as universities and colleges.