Considerations for Writing Approvable Study Plans
A white paper by CanadaStudyPlans.com
A study plan to be used in an application for a study permit is something that seems simple. After all, the ‘plan’ is simply a matter of answering a few questions that should be simple enough, or so it seems. In fact, it is not as simple as it looks and this is why, in 2019, study visa applications were rejected at a rate of over 40% for college, university and bachelor applications (Source: IRCC, Polestar study). What makes the situation so much worse is that if an applicant is rejected, it is very difficult to apply again within the next year.
There are several websites online that offer tips on study plans, but beware of claims of how easy it is. If it were so easy why aren’t the rejection rates much lower?
In our firm’s over 10 years of experience in helping business immigrants and study permit applicants, we have come to learn that the Canadian government asks for certain information, but what they ask for is really a way to look for hints about other things that matter to them. They do this because if they ask what they are looking for outright, they know that many people will try to give the answers they want to see.
Our team spent time speaking to immigration professionals and analyzing court cases to get a much better understanding of what information is most important for approval. Think of a matrix, like in the diagram below, where each point in the diagram is a key point that must be addressed in the plan. Depending on an individual’s unique circumstances, the relative importance of each point may look different for each applicant. In the diagram, an evaluation matrix for the applicant represented by the blue lines would look very different from that of the applicant represented by the red lines. This is meant to be a broad representation: what the ‘points of importance’ are can vary.