To study in Canada, you’ll have to secure a Canadian study permit, which functions as a Canadian student visa for the length of your stay.
You will not require a Canadian study permit if your course lasts six months or less. Nonetheless, you might want to obtain a study permit anyway; or else, if you decide you want to continue your schooling on another program, you’ll have to exit Canada to apply for a study permit via a visa office.
Applying for a Canadian study permit
You can submit an application for a Canadian study permit either online or via a paper application, which can be gotten from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.
Follow these listed procedures to get your Canadian student visa:
- Firstly, you have to get an official letter of acceptance from an approved higher education provider. Candidates schooling in Quebec have to also apply for a certificate of acceptance, referred to as a CAQ, from the government of Quebec. You have to get this before you can submit an application for a study permit. You can obtain the CAQ online, by printing out a form, or by asking for a paper form from your school, which will also offer advice on this matter.
- The next thing to do is to obtain a Canadian student visa application package, either from the CIC website or by getting in touch with your local visa office, or the Canadian embassy or consulate in your home nation.
- To get your application package, you’ll have to give response to a few questions about yourself on the CIC website. These answers will determine whether you are qualified to apply online for a Canadian student visa, and what documents you’ll have to provide.
- If you’re found qualified, you’ll get a personal checklist code, valid for 60 days, which you’ll require before you can submit your application online. Ensure you print out the page that has your code for future reference.
- When you’re ready to make your application, create a MyCIC account, where you will put in your personal checklist code. You’ll then obtain your personal document checklist which enables you to upload and submit your documents to CIC.
- When you have your credentials and application form ready and have paid your fees, you can send your finished application to CIC.
- Some candidates may have to go for an interview at their local visa office.
Supplementary Canadian student visa prerequisites
Some or all of the following supplementary Canadian student visa prerequisites may also apply:
- Candidates from Europe, the Middle East or Africa may have to submit biometrics (photograph and fingerprints).
- Some candidates may also be required to do a medical exam and/or police check before handing in their application. You may not be granted a study permit if you have a criminal record and you might be required to provide a Police Clearance Certificate as evidence of this.
- Unless you’re from the US or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you will have to show you have a valid passport which enables you to return to your nation of origin after your program is done. Two passport-sized photos are also needed, with your name and date of birth inscribed on the back.
- Canadian student visa prerequisites also include evidence of funds to finance yourself. At the moment, this is CA$10,000 (~US$7,550) for each year of your stay (CA$11,000/~US$8,300 if you’re applying to school in Quebec) in addition to your tuition fees. You’ll also have to ensure you have enough money to pay for transportation to go back home.
To show you have this fund, you can submit any of the following documents:
- Bank statements
- Proof of a Canadian bank account in your name with the funds transferred
- A bank draft in an exchangeable currency
- Evidence of payment of tuition and housing fees
- A letter from an individual or institution making money available to you
- Evidence of funding paid from within Canada if you possess a scholarship or are studying a Canadian-funded program.
Your Canadian student visa will become invalid 90 days after you have concluded your study program, so you’ll need to obtain a post-graduation work permit if you desire to stay in Canada after your program and look for work. This is valid for three years.
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