Requirements for Getting a Canadian Student Visa

Finding it difficult to get a study permit to study in Canada? it’s possible you are not getting it right. Getting the Canadian study permit could make a great impact in the lives of many, imagine getting to study I your dream university or country. So, what do you have to do to get your student visa for Canada, and how difficult is it? These are the steps you should take if you are looking for the Canadian study permit;

1. Apply at a Canadian university and get your acceptance letter

Here are some Canadian universities we recommend:

  • University of Toronto
  • York University
  • University of Manitoba
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Winnipeg

2. Check if you need to apply for a student visa in Canada

You don’t need a study visa if one of the following situations applies to you:

  • 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.
  • You enrol in a study programme that lasts less than six months.
  • You are a member of foreign armed forces from the Visiting Forces Act.
  • You are a citizen of another country, but you have an Indian status registered in Canada.

3. Start your application for the Canadian student visa

The first steps to obtaining your student visa:

  • Apply online for your Canadian student visa, on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website before you arrive in Canada.
  • Send the visa application documents by post if you have a limited internet connection or cannot submit the documents online.
  • Provide an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution (a university recognized by the Canadian government).
  • Deliver proof of sufficient financial resources to support your studies in Canada (tuition fees and living expenses).
  • Present proof confirming you have no criminal record.
  • Submit clinical records that state you are in good health; submit complete medical examinations if required.

According to recent visa regulations, if you have a family member working or applying for a work permit in Canada, the application for your study permit will be processed in two weeks. You may renew or extend your study permit if:

  • you wish to continue your studies
  • your programme has an extension
  • you change your university

4. Prepare all the required documents for the student visa in Canada

  • Filled-in student permit application form
  • The original letter of acceptance from the university
  • A valid passport/travel document, which also allows you to return to your home country. If you live in the USA, this is not necessary.
  • Two recent passport-size photographs, with specifications of name and date of birth on the back
  • Proof of financial support during your study programme. This means proving you have between 10,000 and 11,000 CAD per year for living in the country.
  • A letter of intent
  • If you plan to study in Quebec, you will also need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec, English and French translations of your document, a statement from the translator and a certified copy of the original documents
  • Proof that you paid the study permit fee (150 CAD)

5. Language requirements for studying in Canada

Accepted language tests include:

  • IELTS Academic
  • PTE Academic
  • C1 Advanced

6. Biometrics appointment and interview

7. How long does it take to receive the Canadian study permit?

Applying for your Canadian study permit, the processing time may take up to 90 days, but it’s usually faster. The Student Direct Stream is only available for students from the following countries:

  • China
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • The Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Vietnam

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