Immigration

Application For Canada Study Permit

With more than 130,000 international students, Canada is a global destination for thousands of international students looking for quality, research-based higher education.

To study in Canada, you will need a study permit which gives you access into the country for the duration of your study.

Your choice of university is one of the major considerations while considering studying in Canada. If you are still not really sure about where to enrol, consider some of the top Universities in Canada

  • Queen’s University
  • Western University
  • University of Calgary
  • Université de Montréal
  • University of Waterloo
  • McMaster University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • McGill University
  • University of Toronto

Confirm If You Need A Study Permit

If one of the following situations applies to you, then you do not need a study permit in Canada

  • If you enrol in a study program that is not more than six months
  • If you are a family or staff member of a foreign representative in Canada, who is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • If you are a foreigner but you have an Indian status registered in Canada
  • If you are a member of foreign armed forces from the Visiting Forces Act

Nonetheless, you will need an Electronic travel Authorization 9eTA) to enter Canada.

Study Permit Application

You will need to send an application letter to your choice of an institution after which a letter of acceptance will be sent to you if you are offered admission.

Prepare The Following Required Documents

  • Original Passport/travel document
  • Two recent passport size photograph
  • The original acceptance letter from the University
  • A cover letter
  • Proof of study permit payment ($150 CAD)
  • If you intend to study in Quebec, you will also need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec, English and French translations for your document, a statement from the translator and a certified copy of the original documents
  • Submit proof of financial support to aid your studies in Canada which include tuition and living expenses
  • Health certificate
  • Hotel reservation
  • Flight reservation
  • Academic certificates

Language Requirements For International Students

Non-English international students are required to submit language proficiency results. The following are acceptable language test by Canadian Universities.

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Cambridge English: Advanced

Start Your Application For Study Permit

After receiving your acceptance letter from your prefered University, it is time to begin your study permit application

  • Apply online through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
  • Submit an electronic copy of your acceptance letter
  • Submit proof of financial support to aid your studies in Canada which include tuition and living expenses
  • Submit clinical records stating you are in excellent health and not a threat to Canada

Note: Confirm from the CIC official website to see if your country is required to submit biometrics.

According to visa regulations, your study permit expires 90 days after your graduation. Studying in Canada gives you an unfair advantage in landing a job quickly because Canadian employers have a preference for degrees obtained within Canada.

Schedule Biometrics Appointment

In the event that your country is required to provide biometrics, you must visit the local Visa Application Centre to submit your biometrics, the fee is $85 CAD.

Processing time for your study permit usually takes 90 days or less, but the expediency also depends on the situation in your home country.

After submitting your applications online or at the local VAC (visa application centre) in your home country, you will be issued a tracking number which you can use to track the progress of your visa application. You will be notified when your visa is ready for collection at the VAC.

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