Dear international students. I have a great deal of sympathy and concern for you. You are trying to navigate a new country, studying in your second or third language, away from friends, family and familiar surroundings. You are paying exorbitant fees and your families have likely sacrificed to send you here. So, it breaks my heart whenever a student comes to me after a refusal and potential loss of the opportunity to obtain Permanent Residence status here. By the time you come to me, options may be limited. Some advice from someone older and wiser (me). Do your research; don't rely on the questionable advice or the stated experience of others. Be careful when doing things on your own and get assistance when needed. Have a backup plan. Plan all the way to the end. Good luck!