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The Canadian study visa program allows international student to come to Canada and study at a designated learning institution (DLI).
In order to qualify for the visa, you will need to have other documents such student permit, a valid passport, and a letter of introduction from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
A study permit is a document that gives foreign nationals permission to study in Canada. It is not a visa. You need a study permit and a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada. If you want to study in Canada, you must apply for a study permit before you travel.
To be eligible for a Canada study permit, applicants must:
- Have been accepted by a designated learning institution (DLI).
- Prove that they have enough money to support themselves and pay for their tuition fees.
- Complete a medical exam and have no criminal record.
- Be willing to obey the laws of Canada.
- Have a valid travel document, such as a passport.
Costs and Processing Times
A study permit costs $150, and the processing time can take up to six months. However, if you are from a country that requires a visa to enter Canada, you will need to pay an additional fee. There are also some circumstances where the processing time may be shorter or longer than six months.
For instance, if you are applying for a work permit at the same time as your study permit, the processing time may be longer. Also if you are applying online, the processing time may be shorter than on-paper.
Student Direct Stream
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a program for students from 14 countries, namely; Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, and the Philippines.
The program is designed to streamline the study permit application process for students from these countries who meet certain eligibility requirements.
Who Can Apply
To be eligible for a Canada study visa under the Student Direct Stream, you must:
- Be a citizen of one of the mentioned 14 countries.
- Have been accepted by a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.
- Prove that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your tuition fees, as well as the cost of living in Canada.
- Have completed an approved language test with results that meet the required standards (This can be vetted at local visa office instructions).
- Receive a letter of confirmation from a designated learning institution in Canada.
How to Apply
There is no on-paper application for the SDS. You must apply online through the IRCC portal.
The online application must be complete and contain all of the required documents. These include:
- A valid passport.
- Proof that you have paid the application fee.
- Two recent passport photographs.
- Results of your language test.
To apply for a Canada study visa under the Student Direct Stream, you must:
- Complete an online application form by uploading all the documents required;
- Pay the application fee;
- Submit your biometric information. This includes your fingerprints and a photo. You will need to do this at a Visa Application Centre (VAC);
- Receive a letter of introduction from IRCC. You will need this to enter Canada.
Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program Canada is a great way to gain valuable work experience while you are still in school. This program allows students to obtain an open work permit, which means that they can work for any employer in Canada. The program is open to all students, regardless of their field of study. Students can also apply to be permanent residents of Canada through this program.
In order to be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program Canada, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada with a diploma, degree, or certificate.
- Have completed your studies within the last 12 months.
- Have maintained full-time student status during your studies in Canada, with the exception of any breaks that were longer than four months.
Eligible Programs and Institutions
The eligible institutions for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program Canada are:
- Public secondary school.
- Private secondary school.
- CEGEP in Quebec.
- Vocational program at a secondary level in Quebec.
Proof of Acceptance
Your school must give you a letter of acceptance.
This is also called a Letter of Introduction (LOI).
You may need to take some prerequisite courses before you get your visas, such as language tests or upgrading courses.
You do not need an LOI for these prerequisite courses.
Language Proficiency Test Results
You must take a language proficiency test if your first language is not English or French, and the program you want to study in is taught in English or French.
The test results must be less than two years old on the day you apply for your study permit.
Proof of Identity
You will need to provide a valid passport or travel document. If you have any other type of document, such as an expired passport, include it too.
You will also need two recent passport-size photos of yourself.
Proof of Financial Support
You will need to show that you have enough money to pay for tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation.
The amount of money you need depends on the length of your program, where you want to study, and whether you go to school full-time or part-time.
Proof of financial support can be approved by:
- Your parents or legal guardian;
- A Canadian government scholarship;
- An organization that has been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to sponsor international students.
You may not need to provide proof of financial support if:
- You are currently studying in Canada with a valid study permit and will be transferring to a new school;
- You have been studying full time and will continue to do so at the new school.
Custodian Declaration (Minor Children)
If you are under 18 years of age and not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, you must have someone willing and eligible to act as your custodian in Canada. The person must be at least 18 years old and should preferably be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. You will need to fill out the Custodian Declaration form and have your custodian sign it.
Police Clearance Certificates
You may need to provide a police clearance certificate. These are also called police certificates, criminal background checks, or good conduct certificates. You will need police clearance certificates if you have lived for six months or more in any country since the age of 18.
You do not need a police certificate if you are:
- Under 18 years of age;
- Currently living in Canada with a valid study permit and will be transferring to a new school, and have been studying full time and will continue to do so at the new school.
Canada does not require police certificates from applicants who have already lived in Canada for more than six months.
You can get police clearance certificates from the country or countries where you have lived for six months or more since the age of 18. The process and fee for getting a police certificate vary from country to country.
Québec Acceptance Certificate
If you plan to study in Québec for more than 6 months, you must apply for a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Gouvernement du Québec. You must submit your CAQ when applying for your study permit.
How Can Immigration Advice Service Help?
If you are interested in applying for a Canada Study Visa, our team at Immigration Advice Service can help. We have a wealth of experience in assisting students with their visa applications, and we can provide you with tailored advice and support throughout the process. Here are some services that we offer:
- A free consultation with one of our Canada visa experts.
- A comprehensive assessment of your eligibility for a Canada Study Visa.
- Advice on the best way to prepare your application.
- Guidance on which supporting documents you will need to provide.
- Assistance with completing the application forms.
- Review of your application package before submission.
- Representation at your visa interview.
- Regular updates on the progress of your application.
- Appeals against refused applications.
- Any other assistance after entering canada.
Please contact us today if you want to learn more about our services. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have and provide you with a free assessment of your eligibility for a Canada Study Visa. Call +1 844 290 6312 or contact us online.
Last modified on June 17th, 2023 at 8:10 am
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