To study in Canada, you must obtain a “Canadian Study Permit,” which represents a Canadian student visa for the duration of your studies. You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course duration is six months or less.
But it may generally be a good idea to apply for a permit before you come to Canada. Because if you decide to complete your studies in another program, and exceed the period, you will have to leave Canada and submit an application for a study permit through the visa office abroad.
After obtaining a Canadian study permit, you can apply to renew it from within Canada if you want to continue your studies. The Canadian Study Permit also allows full-time students who are enrolled at an accredited higher education institution to work part-time on campus. You may also be able to work off-campus, as a collaborator or intern within your program, stay in Canada as a permanent resident, and look for work after you graduate.
Applying for a Canadian Study Permit:
You can apply for a Canadian study permit either online or via a paper application; This is done through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Paper submission usually takes twice as long, and it is always advisable to check the processing times well (time to complete the procedures) and in advance. To apply online, you will need a credit or debit card and the ability to make electronic copies of your identification papers (ie using a scanner or camera.)
The visa office in your country will provide you with special instructions about what kind of documents you will need to provide; Papers can vary depending on your geographic location. And if you need any help, you will get it from the nearest Visa Application Center (VAC.)
The process for obtaining a Canadian student visa is as follows:
You must first obtain a standardized acceptance letter from a recognized higher education provider (university or institute.) Students studying in Quebec must also apply for a Certificate of Acceptance, known as a CAQ, from the government of the province of Quebec. You will not be allowed to apply for a Canadian study permit until you have obtained these documents. which you can order online, by printing out a form, or by ordering it on paper from your university; Where you will find more tips on this topic.
The next step is to obtain the application package for a Canadian student visa, either through the CIC website or by contacting the local visa office, or by reviewing the Canadian embassy or consulate in your country. You may also need to obtain a temporary residence permit if you are from a particular country (see link). Things won’t get too complicated as long as they are being processed at the same time as you apply for your Canadian study permit.
If you prove your eligibility, you will receive your reference code, valid for 60 days, which you will need for the purpose of submitting your application online. Be sure to print the page containing the code for future reference. The paper will also contain a proof of application, an estimated tuition fee amount, a list of documents you will need to submit while you apply, and instructions for your next steps.
When you are ready to apply, create an account (MyCIC), into which you will enter your reference code. After you have your documents and application ready and paid, you can submit your complete application to the CIC website. Some applicants may have to attend an interview at the visa issuing office in their country.
Additional requirements for obtaining a Canadian study visa
Some or all of the requirements for obtaining a Canadian study visa may apply, which we will mention:
Applicants from certain countries need to attach biometric data (photos and fingerprints.)
Some applicants may be required to undergo a medical examination and/or a police inspection before submitting their application. You will not be able to get a study permit if you have a criminal record, you may be asked to provide a police clearance certificate as evidence.
If you are not from the United States or from the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, you will need to prove that you have a valid passport that allows you to return to your home country after completing your studies. You will need two passport size photos, with your name and date of birth written on the back of the photo.
Canadian student visa requirements also include proof (disclosure) of an amount of money sufficient to cover your expenses on top of your tuition fees. Currently, the amount is CAD10,000 (approximately $7,070) per year of residence, and $11,000 CAD (approximately $7,780) per year if you apply to study in Quebec. You will also need to make sure you have enough money to pay for transportation and back home.
To prove that you own this money, you can provide any of these documents: bank statements, proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if you transfer money, wire transfer in convertible currency, proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees, a letter from a person or organization offering you the money, or Evidence of payment from within Canada if you have been awarded a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded program.