5 Reasons Your Visitor Visa Was Denied

2012-11-01

I get a lot of people contacting me after their visitor visa application was denied.  In this post, I’m going to describe the top 5 reasons why visitor visas are denied in my experience.

1) Misunderstanding the test for issuing a visitor visa

A visitor visa (or temporary resident visa) application is required from citizens of certain countries because the Canadian government considers citizens of those countries are more likely than not to overstay in Canada (that is, there is a risk that they will not return to their home country).

As a result, the primary question in the visa officer’s mind when reviewing such an application is this: “Will this person return to his or her own country the visitor visa expires?”

The evidence you submit should help to prove your case that you will return after your visitor visa expires.

There are of course other considerations, such as the ability to support yourself in Canada (which you should prove through bank statements or an invitation letter discussed below), inadmissibility, and so forth.

2) You submitted only the documents on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada checklist

As a recap, here are the documents that CIC requires for a typical visitor visa (though keep in mind documents can vary depending on your location and other circumstances):

– Forms
– Fees
– Photos
– Passport
– Proof of financial support
– Photocopy of your return ticket and/or travel itinerary
– Any additional documents required by the local visa office

Recall the test for issuing a visitor visa in #1, above. Do you think these documents alone will prove your case to the visa officer? Perhaps, but in many cases, perhaps not.

Often, submitting only those documents are not enough to make your case that you will return to your home country after your visit. Generally, it is wise to submit as much evidence as you can beyond the minimum required by CIC.

3) You didn’t submit evidence of all of your connections to your home country

Many applicants do not take the time to consider all of their connections to their home country, and the evidence to prove it.

For example, obvious connections are things like property and employment. You should include copies (translated by a certified translator if necessary) of title deeds or lease agreements to property, and detailed employment letters or contracts that identify you as a permanent employee, the length of your employment, your role at the company, and when you are expected to return to your employment.

However, there are other connections that may be persuasive as well. Are you a leader or an active member in a community organization or church? Get evidence of your role and duties. Do you care for aged family members? Again, get evidence of your responsibilities.

Some connections to your country are tough to document, which leads me to reason number 4, below.

4) You didn’t submit affidavits to support your application

A sworn affidavit is considered evidence. If you have friends or family who can support your claims of connections to your home country (for example), then you should have them swear affidavits to include with your application.

An affidavit is much more powerful than a simple support letter, as there are legal consequences for swearing a false affidavit, which makes them much more persuasive than support letters.

5) Your invitation letter was not detailed enough

As part of your reasons for coming to Canada, or to show that you’ll have food and lodging in Canada, it is wise to get an invitation letter from your relatives (or friends) in Canada to support your application.

However, the letter should not be too brief. It should be detailed and clearly state that this individual will provide free food and lodging (if that is the case) for you during your entire stay in Canada.

It should include your full name and birth date, and also confirm the travel dates that you will be in Canada.

More than that, it is essential that the invitation letter be signed by the individual, and have a contact phone number and address in case CIC wishes to confirm this person’s intention.

Like any immigration application, there is no guarantee of success, but avoiding these 5 mistakes will give your application a better chance of success.

This post does not constitute legal advice – you should consult with a lawyer so he or she can evaluate your unique circumstances and application materials.

About the author

Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

  1. May 7, 2015

    Hi I am a non-EU PhD student in UK. I want to go to Canada for visit. Could you please guide me about the documents, I should provide with the application?

  2. September 12, 2017

    My 65 years old mother was recently denied visitor visa . She lives in Pakistan . She is a house wife and her property still belongs to her deceased husband. She has limited funds in her bank account. The reason for denial was the weak socioeconomic link . The visa officer refused to grant visa and stated that she may not leave Canada. I am very upset and want her to reapply but kindly suggest me how to make her case strong

    • Evelyn Ackah
      September 28, 2017

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  3. October 5, 2017

    sir i apply vistor visa for canada. my tracking id is 20170818INJUTRV64695 . My date of birth is 12-nov-1978
    i recive a letter with my passport
    it mention is that important information regarding your application has been sent to you by email address provided on your application.
    sir what is the meaning
    plz tell me thanks

    Narinder pal singh

    Narinder pal singh

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 13, 2018

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  4. October 5, 2017

    hi recently I apply visitor visa for my brother ,I wanted him to come on my graduation in Canada ,we try to submit almost everything you guys mention above but ,still they refuse the visa saying they are not satisfied .My brother is 32 he has his own farming business in India ,2 kids got o school under 10 year of age and my parents are still back home and they are over 52 year of age .What should we do to reapply ?

    • Evelyn Ackah
      November 15, 2017

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  5. October 10, 2017

    Kishan here
    Hi I applied for TRV in april 2017 but it was refused by common reason like travel history , don’t ties to home country & some fund problem..etc. I have 9 years gap after my studies. So my agent put wrong experience to fill up gap…!! Now I apply for PR with true experience in three different companies with whom i worked before…!!! So I want to ask you.. does it matter in my PR application ? If they ask me about any refusal in the form about canada / other country , what should I Say..?

    • Evelyn Ackah
      November 15, 2017

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  6. October 20, 2017

    I was denied Visa twice german Embassy And hungary Embassy , Reading Been that my documents are not real , am an Assistant Superintendent of Customs , And german Embassy called them

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 13, 2018

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  7. November 8, 2017

    I am from trinidad I got my application turned down because of personal assets, I am a student nurse I got a letter from my school, I had money in the bank I am paying a student loan also but they refused me .. What was strange was that my friend applied also with the same letter and less money in her account we basically had the same info just I was paying a loan she got a 10 yr visa and I got nothing. Neither of us had titles/ property to our
    name . I applied for a visitors visa to go over for Christmas just for 1 week

    • Evelyn Ackah
      November 15, 2017

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  8. November 8, 2017

    I’m traveller.I visited many countries in Europe,United kingdom,and Asean countries but why my application denied.Every year I travelled outside my country.I have been working in Kuwait for 24 years and I have proof that I have enough financial support.All document such as travel history and huge amount of bank account to support my will to visit Canada.Why because I am Filipino single and working as a Nurse.It seem that they are not reviewing properly my application or they have discrimination.

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 13, 2018

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  9. December 17, 2017

    I travelled couple time USA but when I applied for Canada visa they refused what is the reason

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 13, 2018

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  10. January 6, 2018

    hi, i am retired army personal from the indian army, i want to apply for canada tourist visa. is it possible

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 13, 2018

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  11. January 8, 2018

    I am a lawyer. My family visa (visitor) rejected on the grounds that. No travel history. No sufficient funds. And no current employment situation. Their is sufficient funds in my bank account. I had travelled uk twice and saudi Arebia in last two years. Even i and my wife both are working and letter to that effect also provided. Guide me

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 2, 2018

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  12. January 25, 2018

    BUSINESS VISA REJECTED CAN I APPLY FOR VISITOR VISA FOR CANADA ARE NOT

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 2, 2018

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  13. January 30, 2018

    Hiii sir,mam … i want to go Canada 🇨🇦 for the tourist visa so please suggest me what should i do to my strong document for the apply … Bcz my cousin is also lived in canada and his had a Canadian passport.. he is agree to sending me invitations letter and sponsorship letter … so please help me …which reason is the best for the applying tourist visa ???

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 2, 2018

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  14. February 19, 2018

    Mam, i am apply tourist visa online with my family from 11-01-2018 but today 20-02-2018 still not received any email MSG or any confirmation.please tell me how much time will get visa.

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 21, 2018

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  15. February 21, 2018

    Hi….am a Ugandan and i wanted to apply for a tourist visa to USA but i have never travelled before …won’t it affect my visa acceptance?

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 21, 2018

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