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Schools with High Visa Refusal Rates in Canada and 2024 Study Permit Cap

Navigating the Canadian student visa process can be daunting, especially with the constantly evolving policies and regulations. In this insightful post, we delve into the intricacies of the Canadian student visa system, focusing on institutions with high refusal rates and recent changes set for 2024. This information is crucial for prospective international students aiming for a smooth transition to Canada.


"The data in this spreadsheet reveals 57 colleges in universities with a high student visa refusal rate" - Max Medyk

Why is this Information Important?

Understanding which institutions have high visa refusal rates can significantly impact your decision-making process and increase your chances of successful immigration. Moreover, being aware of the upcoming changes in 2024, as announced by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, is vital for planning your education and immigration path effectively.

Canadian Schools with High Visa Refusal Rates:

A recent leak has revealed data on 57 Canadian colleges and universities with notably high student visa refusal rates. These institutions are predominantly located in Ontario and Quebec, with many experiencing over 70% refusal rates in 2022. Noteworthy examples include:

  • College Canada, Quebec - A steep decline in applications in 2022 due to high refusal rates.

  • Lenin University, Ontario - Despite being a public university, it faced a 79% refusal rate.

  • Yorkville University, Ontario - A private institution with a 71% refusal rate.

  • College of the North Atlantic, Newfoundland - Known for affordability but still experiencing a 72% refusal rate.

Additional institutions can be listed from the CSV file provided here

DLIs with a refusal percentage of 80 percent or higher by province IRCC data 2022
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The Recognized Institution Model and 2024 Changes:

In an effort to streamline the international student program, the Canadian government is introducing a 'Recognized Institution' framework in Fall 2024. This new model aims to:

  • Recognize institutions offering top-class services and support to international students.

  • Implement a cap on international student permit applications, set at approximately 360,000 for 2024.

  • Exclude master’s, doctoral, elementary, and secondary education students from this cap.

  • Require an attestation letter from provinces or territories for study permit applications.

Implications for Post-Graduation Work Permit Program:

Starting September 1, 2024, the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program will change:

  • International students in curriculum licensing arrangement programs will no longer be eligible for post-graduation work permits.

  • Graduates of master’s and short graduate-level programs will be eligible for a 3-year work permit.


Navigating the Canadian student visa process requires staying updated with the latest information and changes. By understanding the institutions with high refusal rates and adapting to the new policies set for 2024, you can enhance your chances of a successful educational journey in Canada.

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