How to Obtain a Study Visa
A Study Permit is required if any foreign national wants to study in Canada. To begin the process of obtaining a study permit, the student must first be accepted by a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. A DLI is a school or institution that has been approved by the Canadian government to host international students. Once the student has been accepted, they can then apply for a study permit.
The application for a study permit can be completed online or on paper. The student must provide detailed information about themselves, their educational background, plans for studying in Canada, and proof of financial support, such as evidence of funding for tuition and living expenses.
There are some specific requirements that students must meet to be eligible for a study permit, for example:
- Proof of sufficient funds to support oneself throughout the study period such as Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC);
- A valid passport and other travel documents;
- A letter of acceptance from a DLI;
- A medical certificate from certified health institution;
- A satisfactory language proficiency test score (IELTS);
- Clear police certificate;
- A Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) if applying in a DLI in Quebec.
The application will be then reviewed by an immigration officer who will assess the student’s qualifications, financial situation, course, and the school or institution they are applying to. To submit the application, an upfront non-refundable fee is required.If the application is approved, the student will receive a letter of introduction, which they will need to present at the border upon arrival in Canada.
When the student arrives in Canada, they must present their letter of introduction to an immigration officer at the border who will verify their identity and ensure that they meet the requirements for studying in Canada. The student will be then issued a study permit and work permit to work in Canada as a student with limited hours.
In conclusion, obtaining a study permit in Canada is a necessary step for international students to study in Canada. It requires careful preparation, attention to detail and meeting specific requirements.
If you are looking for a Study Permit for yourself or your loved one, our dedicated team of Immigration Lawyers at Ferguson Deacon Taws are here to help your immigration goals. Contact us online for a free consultation or call 1-705-526-1471 to speak directly to one of our lawyers.