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Common reasons for visa refusal

If you are looking to study abroad, you will need to secure a student visa prior to the course starts. In most cases,
visa issuing authority will want to justify your credibility as a genuine student
in the form of interviews before making a decision.

There are many reasons for visa refusals but here are a few of the common reasons –

Failure to prove genuine intention to study or credibility as genuine student

  • poor academic backgrounds and long study gap without explanations,
  • Choosing to study irrelevant course,
  • Doubts in intention to study the proposed course,
  • academic ability to study the proposed course,
  • lacking in knowledge of course and institution and awareness of alternatives,
  • suspicious reasons for choosing a particular course or institution, including undue influence from family, friends and agents,
  • failure to explain why the student has chosen this country rather than the home country or other international study destinations.

Lack of knowledge about the prospective course

  • what the prospective course offers, what knowledge it covers,
  • why the course would be beneficial and what are the learning outcomes,
  • course level, modules, structure, duration, assessment criteria, teaching methods,
  • academic progression offered by the course,
  • career prospects in home country after graduation.

Lack of knowledge about the prospective university

  • reasons for choosing the university, awareness of alternatives,
  • how the university compares with other universities,
  • teaching methods in the university,
  • facilities and resources offered,
  • location of the university.

Intention to leave the country at the end of the course

  • applicants’ plans on completion of studies,
  • individual’s economic circumstances,
  • links with the destination country, including family and friends,
  • links with country of origin, including family and business interests.

Poor English language standard

  • no or low English language test score,
  • lacking basic English language competence,
  • failure to communicate in correct English without aid of an interpreter,
  • doubt in the ability to study the proposed course.

Submission of an invalid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

  • invalid supporting documentation,
  • submission of ‘provisional’ certificates,
  • failure to submit the education documents listed on the CAS,
  • discrepancies relating to the proposed course and/or institution,
  • not providing other documents that have been highlighted in the CAS.

Failure to submit specified financial documents

  • failure to provide sufficient evidence of available funds,
  • not being in receipt of the required funds for the mandatory period prior to application,
  • submission of fraudulent documentation or non-verifiable documents,
  • unable or unwilling to give a credible explanation of the source of funds,
  • unable to give a credible explanation of how the funds would meet course and maintenance costs in future years,
  • suspicion that money for the course was provided by an agent or other third party,
  • an applicant/sponsor’s level of income did not equate to the cost of the proposed course,
  • doubts in the ability to accommodate and maintain themselves and any dependants,
  • doubts over whether funds could be accessed in the destination country,
  • the applicant’s bank account was opened a short time before the application was made,
  • had no history of money regularly coming in,
  • submission of incorrect documents or incorrect formats.

Wanting to study abroad is a huge commitment that involves time, money and above all your future. For genuine students a degree
from world-class universities in abroad could make a huge difference and you well deserve it. After overcoming the hard
hurdles of acceptance by university, it is heart-breaking if you get your study visa refused, and we no way
appreciate this. You may avoid refusals by following the steps below –

6 steps to success (6s2s)

Step 1

Allow time to take preparation

Take long preparations before admission and visa
application. Gain sound efficiency in English language.
Step 2

Research for detailed information

Research, research and research in courses, universities
and countries in details before making a decision
to study abroad – be informed, be engaged.
Step 3

Make arrangement for finance

Talk to your family, take financial preparations,
maintain appropriate funds in appropriate formats.
Step 4

Gather appropriate documents

Gather documents in correct formats i.e. original certificates,
all documents in English, evidence to prove sources of funds.
Step 5

Allow enough time for admission

Apply for admission well before the course start date –
ideally at least 3 months before your planned
visa application.
Step 6

Allow enough time for visa decision

Submit visa application at least 6 to 8 weeks before
your proposed course start date.


  • apply if you are not a genuine student,
  • if you do not have financial ability,
  • get your agent or someone else showing funds,
  • submit any fake document or give false information,
  • fall for cheap courses, cheap institutions and cheap promises.

Check our credibility interview preparation guideline HERE.

We wish you all success in your future endeavours of higher study abroad.