Canada Student Visa Process, Step By Step
CANADA STUDENT VISA
You must have a valid study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa, in advance to enter the country as a foreign student. Foreign students get the legal status to live in Canada during their studies at an approved institution. You can find more information about the Canada student visa process by reading the following article.
CANADA STUDENT VISA PROCESS REQUIREMENTS
Obtaining a Canadian study permit a foreign national can study at an institution in Canada. Foreign nationals can get their Canadian study permits approved only if they can prove they will study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
Not all educational institutions can accept foreign students into their programs of study. Only the ones which have been confirmed as Designated Learning Institutions by the Canadian government can admit foreign students. You can see the list of DLI’s before you apply.
VALIDITY PERIOD OF A STUDY PERMIT
Once you obtain a study permit at the time of application, it will be effective for the length of the program of study. However, you need to apply to extend your study permit if the program changes. It is also true if the student switches the programs to another one with a longer duration.
As soon as International Students complete studying in an eligible Program at an eligible Canadian-Post secondary Institution, they have a right to apply and obtain a Post-Graduate Work Permit. This right allows International Graduates to obtain a three-year open work permit, giving them an opportunity to work for any employer in Canada.
CANADA STUDENT VISA IELTS BAND REQUIREMENTS
Canadian High Commission has a requirement of 6.0 bands in IELTS for an undergraduate degree with no band less than 5.5 issued in the past two years, and overall 6.5 bands with no band less than 6.0 are must for getting admission in a postgraduate degree in Canada.
The fees listed are in Canadian dollars (C$). If your status in Canada has expired within the last 90 days, you will need to apply for restoration and pay a restoration fee of C$200.
|Study permit (including extensions)||C$150
|Work permit (including extensions)||C$155|
|Work permit – maximum fee for groups of performing artists and their staff||C$100
|Visitor visa – single entry or multiple entry (including extensions)||C$100
|Visitor visa – maximum fee for family||C$500
|Visitor record (including extensions)||C$75
You must obtain an effective acceptance letter from DLI in Canada before you get a Canadian study permit. You also need to meet the following requirements:
- Travel document. You need to have a valid passport
- Sufficient funds. You must demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover the following fees:
- Pay the student fees for your first year of study as outlined by the DLI.
- Meet all expenses for the first year of stay in Canada for the student and accompanying family member(s) in Canada.
- Afford transportation for the student and accompanying family member(s) from Canada to their home country.
- Funds should be demonstrated in liquid form, in the account under the name of the principal applicant, spousal applicant, a family relative, or a close friend.
- Medical exam: The student and accompanying family member(s) need to take a medical exam. The visa officer requests it when they receive an application for a study permit.
- Criminal record: The student may also be asked to provide police clearance certificates.
CAN I WORK IN CANADA WHILE I’M STUDYING?
As long as you have a valid study permit you can work on a part-time basis. However, please note that to find part-time work you need to have a valid Social Insurance Number. You can also work full time during breaks in winter and summer.
You can consider your children on your study permit application. After confirmation of your study permit your children can also study in Canada with you.
As with your children, you can also include your spouse on your application for a study permit. After getting the approval of your study application your spouse becomes eligible for an open work permit.
APPLYING FOR A STUDY PERMIT FROM INSIDE OF CANADA
Excluding the exceptions described below, all foreign nationals must have a valid study permit before entering to Canada. Exceptions as follows:
- Minor children
- Exchange students
- The holder of a temporary resident permit valid for at least six months
- Spouse or common-law partner residing in Canada and who have applied for PR under Family Class Sponsorship
- A holder of a valid study permit seeking extension or family member of such study permit holder
- Family members/private staff of accredited foreign representatives