If you are interested to study in Canada and wish to eventually immigrate to Canada, Canada is very lucky as IRCC is issuing over 130,000 student Canada visa every year.
Moreover, International students number who study in Canada is over 450,000. Over half of Canadian residents have university degrees. This is the reason, Canada is known as the most educated country in the world.
Canada offers lots of the world’s best post-secondary programs in its universities and colleges.
It has been always a matter of question that how complicated it is to get accepted in one of the universities or colleges in Canada. Furthermore, the process of obtaining a Canadian student visa from IRCC and immigrate to Canada has its own complications. In fact, how you can get a study permit from Canada? The answer to this question is directly depends on the category of your application.
The fastest way to get your Canada student visa is through student direct stream. If you are a citizen of certain countries and need some criteria to immigrate to Canada through this immigration program, you can apply for a student direct stream.
Steps to Study in Canada.
- Decide what program you want to study in Canada.
- Chose your future college or university in Canada and apply for your letter of acceptance (LOA).
- Make sure if you need a student visa to study in Canada. In certain cases, you don’t need a Canadian student visa (or study permit) to study in Canada.
These following individuals don’t need a student visa to study in Canada:
- A family member or staff of a foreign representative in Canada.
- Students who enroll in a course or program which takes less than six months.
- members of foreign armed forces.
- a citizen of another country, with an Indian status in Canada.
In the above situations, you may not need a student visa to study in Canada. though, you may need an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enter Canada.
- Start your application for a Canada student visa.
- Gather all necessary documents for the student visa application in Canada.
- Apply for your education credential assessment in Canada. WES is one of the most well-known organizations which you can use for your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
- Meet the Language requirements for your desired program.
Canadian universities will require you to submit proof of English or French language proficiency if you are not a citizen of an English-speaking country.
There is still a chance to obtain a student visa with a low level of English proficiency. Students with higher language skills can increase their chances of Canada student visa approval. This ensures the officer that you can be successful in the program which you picked. On the other hand, you show that you can manage your way around Canada. IRCC will process these kinds of applications much faster.
- Book your Bio-metrics appointment and interview.
Depending on the requirements for your country you may need to give your bio-metric. If you are from Europe, India the Middle East, or Africa, you need to submit a bio-metric in one of the VAC centers around the world. Your bio-metrics are a type of identification (fingerprint and picture). Canada uses bio-metrics as extra security. The fee to do your bio-metrics is 85 CAD and you can pay it both online or by a certified check for paper-based application.
- Submit your medical.
First, make sure you need to submit your medical certificate or not. If you are from certain countries, you may need to do a medical exam and/or police check before applying for the Canada student visa.
- Pay your GIC.
You can show financial support by paying your Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC). GIC amount is CA$10,000 (~US$7,650) annually in every province and (CA$11,000/~US$8,400 if you’re applying to study in Quebec). It is very important for Canada to make sure you can support yourself financially during your study.
- Pay your tuition fee.
The tuition varies from program to program but you probably need to put 14000-16000 depending on your desired program. In addition, paying your complete tuition fee for the first year increases your chance of approval for a student visa. Plus, your application will be processed much faster.
- Submit your application to Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
In most cases, you can apply for a study permit online. In certain countries, with limited internet access, it’s also possible to submit a paper application to IRCC.
- Apply for your family members
. Students can apply for their spouse’s open work permit or for a Canada Student visa for their children.
- Pay your application’s processing fee.
You must pay 150 CAD for the processing fee of your student visa application
According to recent visa regulations, the processing time of your application varies depending on the country of your citizenship. For countries such as Iran, the processing time is 9 weeks. If you are applying from India the processing time is 5 weeks. IRCC processes applications that fall under Student Direct Stream much faster. If you have a family member who works in Canada, IRCC will process your application for a study permit in two weeks.
Student’s accompanying family member
The family members of a student may accompany him or her to Canada. The minor children of a study permit holder may be able to obtain a study permit and study in one of the Canadian elementary or secondary schools. The student’s spouse can obtain an open work permit for the length of the validity of the study permit. For more information about your accompanying family member permits please contact the New Chapter Immigration team. Contact the best Immigration lawyers and consultants in Canada and make sure you avoid any mistake in your application.
Steps after applying to study in Canada
Citizenship Immigration Canada will issue you a Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction, after, your student visa for Canada is approved. Please be advised that this letter is not your study permit. The Immigration Official will issue your study permit when you arrive in Canada. Depending on your country of citizenship you need one of the documents below to enter Canada to study.
- Students from certain countries require to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and/or a temporary residence visa. Your ETA will be linked to the passport that you used to apply for your student visa so, it is very important that you travel with the same passport.
- Students from certain countries need to have a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada. The TRV will be stamped in your passport and you must enter Canada before the expiry date on your TRV.
Extend or change the condition of student visa
Study permit expires 90 days after, you receive a notification of the program completion. Students are eligible to study in any institution or any city in Canada for the duration of their study permit. In some cases, students may need to renew or change the study permit during the course of their studies in Canada. Students at a post-secondary institution do not need to apply for a new study permit if they change the institution, study program, or their level of study. Only international students moving from elementary school to high school are required to apply for a change of condition in their study permit.
Working while studying in Canada
You are qualified to work without a work permit on or off-campus for up to 20 hours during your semesters. You also can work full-time during your winter or summer breaks.
To be qualified to work you must make sure you meet all the requirements below.
- You must have a valid study permit.
- You must be a full-time student.
- You must be enrolled at a Designated Learning Institution at the post-secondary level.
- You must be studying in an academic, professional training, or a vocational program that leads to a Degree, Certificate, or Diploma which takes at least six months.
For advice on finding a job after graduation from a post-secondary institution please contact us. Our team of best immigration lawyers in Canada will help you with a high level of proficiency and ethic.
You may be eligible for up to 3 years of post-grad work permit after you obtain a degree in Canada from one of the Designated Learning Institutions. But, be advised that you have only 90 days to apply for a post-graduate work permit if you want to stay in Canada.
Applying for a student visa for Canada has some complications and having an immigration lawyer or consultant to help you through this process will be a huge advantage to you. New Chapter Immigration Agency with a team of professionals will help you to find the best Institution for you.
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