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Why are Visitor Visas refused?

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Do you have a family member or friend who is eager to come to Canada but you are just not sure if their story is compelling enough to convince an immigration officer? Many of the elements we are going to share with you in this blog post will have at least a partial application to other visa categories such as student visas, work permit and of course, visitor visas.

There are a few key elements that must be considered. They are: financial means, travel history, connection to your home country, the intent of the visit, proof and supporting evidence. No single factor that was enumerated herein has a higher value than another factor, but rather a delicate combination has a stronger probability of success.

When it comes to financial means, there are quite a few relevant characteristics to consider. For instance, when an individual is earning what may be considered a reasonable salary in Canada in their country of origin, but there, that salary goes much further, the financial means factor is not an issue. Other ways to show financial means are savings accounts with money held for at least 6 months. Having a letter of invitation from a person in Canada who guarantees to the government of Canada within the scope of their invitation that they will assume full financial responsibility for your stay with proof of means thereof is also another alternative. The logical amount really depends on the length of stay, the cost of airfare, the cost of living expenses and the purpose of the trip.