Applying for a Canadian student visa begins with admission to a Canadian university, a study permit that allows you to study at a designated educational institution in Canada, and a student visa that allows you to enter and stay in Canada.
It is very important that a student obtain a visa and proper authorization to study in Canada before entering Canada. You must meet all the criteria and requirements as per the Canadian Immigration Act and regulations.
Steps to obtain a student visa to study and live in Canada
1. choose your school
First, choose one from the list of universities in Canada, depending on where and in which province you want to settle. Then apply to the school to get an admission letter, which you will need for your visa application.
2. check if you need a student visa.
Next, you should check if you actually need a Canadian student visa to study in Canada. You may not need a student visa if you fall under the following categories;
You are an employee or family member of a foreign representative in Canada and the person is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Trade and Department of Development Canada.
- Your program or course of study is less than six months.
- Family member of a foreign armed force.
- If you are an Indian registered in Canada.
You may still need an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enter Canada.
3. Start the necessary application for a study permit.
Once you have received a letter of acceptance from your chosen institution, you can proceed with preparing and applying for your study permit.
For this application, you will need to provide some documents, including proof of your intentions and ability to support yourself financially while studying in Canada.
The documents vary from country to country. You can check the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the documents required for your country.
4. Obtain all required documents
The following documents are required before you can apply for a study permit;
- The letter of admission from the institution to which you have applied.
- A medical examination report
- A proof that you have paid your tuition fees for at least one year.
- A language test score as proof that you have taken the test. At least a 6 in English and a 7 for French.
- A guaranteed investment certificate of $10,000.
5. Moving to Canada to begin your studies.
If you are a resident of a country other than Canada, you will receive a letter of introduction when you enter Canada if your application is approved, and a student visa (if you need a visa to enter). With these two documents, you can enter Canada and at the port of entry you will be issued your study permit.
Note that the study permit will not be sent by mail, but can only be picked up at the POE in Canada. However, if you are a resident of Canada, your study permit will be mailed to you.