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5 Reasons for Visitor Visa Refusals


Top 5 Reasons for Visitor Visa Refusals

Temporary Resident Visas, also known as Visitor Visas, are one of the most complicated and difficult applications to get approved in Canada. There are many significant reasons for why a Visitor Visa may be refused. It is very important for applicants to identify and understand why an application was refused, especially if they would like to apply for another one in the future. Therefore, in this article, I will explain common reasons for visa refusals.

Why your Visitor Visa was Refused

It is important to recognize that any immigration application that is submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will ultimately be reviewed and assessed by an authorized Immigration officer. These immigration officers have the ultimate discretion and flexibility to determine whether or not an application meets the eligibility requirements and is qualified to be issued the visa. Additionally, the Immigration officer must also be satisfied that you will abide by Immigration laws and leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay. Many times, Immigration officers will refuse Visitor Visa applications because of this exact reason.

Reasons for Refusal of Visitor Visa

Travel History

This is one of the most important aspects to indicate on your Visitor Visa. As a Visitor to Canada, you must show the Immigration officer that you have travelled previously and have abided by the Immigration laws of the countries you have visited. It is highly recommended to provide Immigration with your passport and any passport pages with stamps from these different countries to show your travel history. Even better, if you can provide them with previous travel itineraries, this would result in a higher chance for approval. Of course, travel history is only one component of the Visitor Visa, but it is a very highly regarded one at that.

Financial Reasons

Whether you are travelling to Canada or to any other country in the world, it is very important to have sufficient funds for your expenses during your travels. Additionally, you must also ensure there are enough funds for your trip to and from the country you are visiting, in this case it would be Canada. Proving your financial circumstances is essential for Immigration to prove that you are able to provide for yourself financially. You may submit your bank statements and any investments you may have in your country of origin as evidence to prove you have sufficient funds to support your expenses and stay in Canada. If, unfortunately, there are not enough funds in your bank account or you cannot provide enough financial documents, the Immigration officer can refuse your application because of this.

Ties to your Home Country

In order for the Immigration officer to understand that you will return to your home country, it is highly advisable to prove to the Immigration officer that you have several ties to your home country. In other words, you must have financial, familial or social ties to your home country that require your physical presence. Thus, because of these significant ties, you will need to return to your home country and will not overstay your authorized travel period in Canada. To prove this, you can provide financial documents such as bank statements and any investments that you have in your country. Also, you can describe and talk about your family circumstances to show your familial ties. If you have any commitments in your home country, I would suggest including these as well. If you don’t have many significant ties to your country, whether financially or familial, then this may result in the refusal of your Visitor Visa.

Inaccurate Information

When applying for any immigration application, one of the most important aspects to ensure is that all of the forms are filled out correctly without any mistakes. In most Visitor Visa refusals, the reason for refusal can often be because of inaccurate information. Most of the time, however, this can be unintentional. Yet, this can create more complications and delays with regards to the application process. On the other hand, there are also other individuals that can provide inaccurate information on their Visitor Visa application to conceal specific details that they do not want Immigration to find out. If this is the case, the application can be refused and further consequences can ensue, such as a charge of misrepresentation. Therefore, it is best to provide the most accurate and complete information on your Visitor Visa application.


Inadmissibility can result from many different circumstances. The most common reason for inadmissibility to Canada is due to criminality. However, this is not the only reason; other reasons for inadmissibility include medical inadmissibility, financial inadmissibility, security reasons, human rights violations, and misrepresentation and fraud. Many individuals can often only find out of their inadmissibility issues once they have already submitted their application, which can be quite frustrating. Therefore, it is best to determine your inadmissibility in all of these factors prior to applying for a Visitor Visa to Canada.

Contact Akrami & Associates

It is essential that you have taken all of the aforementioned information into consideration before you attempt to apply for a Visitor Visa to Canada. This is especially the case if this is not your first time applying for a Visitor Visa. Additionally, it is extremely important to note that these are difficult applications to pursue on your own; therefore, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to submit the Visitor Visa application. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients gain temporary residency in Canada and can now enjoy their visit in Canada through proper authorization. If you believe that you may be eligible for a Visitor Visa, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at our office at 416-477-2545 for more information or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice.

With Akrami & Associates, there is always a way!

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