Federal Court

Immigration and Citizenship

It was not understandably clear why visa officer denied study permit


Temporary entry (visitors)

Applicant previously studied in Canada and was honour student at college. Same college had accepted applicant’s application for resumption of his studies. Applicant applied for study permit pursuant to s. 11(1) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which was denied by visa officer based on overall unreasonableness of applicant’s plan of studies, strong personal ties to Canada, and previous immigration history. Applicant applied for judicial review. Application granted. Applicant provided evidence of establishment of his parents in Greece. Applicant’s family resided in Greece, his ties there remained strong, and only former friends were living in Canada. Applicant’s study plans encompassed logical trajectory for study permit. It was not understandably clear why visa officer denied study permit, and without more specific clarification, officer’s decision was not reasonable.

Tsaraosi v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (2017), 2017 CarswellNat 55, 2017 FC 59, Michel M.J. Shore J. (F.C.).

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