Why is there a delay in a Canadian student visa? 

Updated on: Dec 15, 2023

The Canadian government typically strives to process visas in a timely manner. However, several factors can affect processing times and occasionally lead to delays.

Causes of Delays: Several factors can contribute to delays in the processing of Canadian study permits. These include a high volume of applications during peak periods, incomplete application submissions, security and background checks, biometrics and medical examinations and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and staffing.

What Students Can Do: In the event of a delay:

  • Review Processing Times: Check the most current processing times on the IRCC website to determine if the delay is within the expected range.
  • Contact the Visa Office: If your application significantly exceeds the posted processing times, consider reaching out to the visa office handling your application for updates and information on potential delays.
  • Consult Your University: Keep your Canadian educational institution informed about the delay, as they may provide guidance and support.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: Consulting with immigration professionals, study abroad consultants like Edvoy or immigration lawyers can provide expert assistance in addressing delays and exploring solutions.
  • Consider Expedited Processing: In certain urgent situations, you may be eligible for expedited processing. Contact the visa office to inquire about this option.

By taking these steps, you can address delays and minimize the impact on your academic plans while navigating the visa application process.