How to get Canada study Visa in simple steps
By Olushola Samuel
A Canada Student Visa allows its holder to start their studies in Canada. The visa for students is basically the same as a Canada Visitor Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTa), but the student also needs a study permit. So the Canada student visa is a combination of either a visitor visa and a study permit or an eTA and a study permit.
The Canada study visa will only allow you to start your studies in Canada at what are called Designated Learning Institutions (DLI). The study permit allows you to stay in Canada until your program ends and in some cases work while you are enrolled in school or work after you graduate. To keep the Canada study visa, you must fulfill these conditions:
Classification of Canada study visa
Canada Student Visa is classified into two types depending on the duration of the course.
1. Technically, the Canada Student Visa is for students whose course duration is more than six months.
2. Students whose course duration is less than six months can get a Valid Visitor Visa or otherwise called a Temporary Resident Visa.
Canada Students visa fee
There is a separate cost for students who will stay for less than six months and a different cost for students who will stay for more than six months.
The Canada Student Visa Processing fees for students whose course duration is less than six months is $ 85 (CAD).
While the Canada Student Visa Processing fees for students whose course duration is more than six months is $150 (CAD), the biometrics fee is $85 (CAD) and a service fee of $45 (CAD).
Canada Student Visa Requirements
Certain documents are needed by the Canadian Customs officer or the Border Services Officer to approve your entry into their country.
• A Valid Passport.
• The letter of introduction the visa office sent you.
• A valid letter of acceptance from your University or College.
• A Letter of Reference.
• A Statement of Purpose.
• Passport size photographs.
• Valid Immigration Medical Exam results (IME).
• Score certificate of English proficiency exam.
Eligibility Criteria for Canada Student Visa
To be eligible for the Canada Student Visa, there are certain conditions students have to meet.
Have a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
Proof of funds to pay your full tuition fee and living costs.
No indulgence in criminal related or immigration-related convictions.
Certificate of a health checkup that proves you are in good health.
Proof that you will leave Canada after the completion of your study.
Canada Student Visa Process
Students aiming to get their Canada Student Visas has to get certain things done; which are:
• First, receive the letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution in Canada.
• Apply for the Study Permit Online.
• Receive the letter of introduction which has your Study Permit reference number.
• Pay your Visa application fee and document the receipt.
• Do the medical check-up from your panel physician registered in your country.
• Get your Immigration Medical Exam (IME) results.
• By performing all these steps and attending the Visa interview, you will get your Canada Student Visa in hand.
Canada Student Visa Processing Time
The Canada Student Visa Processing time usually takes around 90 days, but that is not the fixed time. The processing time may also end faster within 20 days. So it all depends on the circumstance of your home country.
How to Apply for the Canada Student Visa?
The process to get the Canada Student Visa, starts from
• Applying to a Designated Learning Institution in Canada.
• Receive your acceptance letter from the university.
• Apply for your study permit to study in Canada.
• Get your letter of introduction from the visa office.
• The letter of introduction has your Study Permit reference number.
• Apply for the Canada Student Visa on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.
• Prepare the documents - Letter of reference and Statement of Purpose.
• Show proof of funds covering your tuition fees and living costs, etc.
• Proof of no criminal record.
• Immigration Medical Exam (IME) results.
• Two passport size photographs.
• Proof of paying the Study Permit fee.
• Score certificate of English Language proficiency exam.
• Biometrics appointment and Visa interview.
Proof of fund for Canada study visa
People coming to Canada Amount of funds required per year (not including tuition)
1 person aged 18 or over CAN$20,635
Updates on the new policy for international students
Recently, the immigration office made some vital changes to the immigration policy which you can find below:
1. Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) Requirement:
- Most new post-secondary international students at the college or undergraduate level must include a PAL with their study permit application as of January 22, 2024.
- The PAL serves as proof of being accounted for under a provincial or territorial allocation within the national cap.
- Exceptions include primary and secondary school students, master’s or doctoral degree students, and others listed in the exception list.
2. Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Update:
- Starting February 15, 2024, graduates of master’s degree programs less than 2 years in length are eligible for a 3-year PGWP.
- Other PGWPs will align with the length of the study program, up to a maximum of 3 years.
3. PGWP Eligibility for Public-Private Partnership College Programs:
- New students enrolling in public-private partnership college programs will not be eligible for a PGWP.
- Current international students enrolled in these programs will remain eligible if they meet other criteria.
4. Changes to Open Work Permit Eligibility for Spouses:
- Spouses and common-law partners of students in graduate and professional degree programs are eligible for open work permits.
- Those of students in other levels of study will no longer be eligible, except for existing permit holders seeking extension.
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