Student Visa Canada

Student Visa Canada

Canada is a sought-after education destination from students around the world for their professional education. While you require an excellent academic score to qualify, your permission to study is dependent on getting a visa. Regardless of the type your program, you will need a study permit before entering Canada.

The study permit is issued on arrival in Canada. A student must apply for a temporary resident visa to get the student permit. The visa is provided by the Canadian High Commission and facilitated by the Visa Application Centers.

Who Doesn’t Require A Study Permit?:

  • If your course or program is for less than 6 months.
  • If you are a family or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada that has been accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
  • If you are a member of a foreign armed force on official duties in Canada.
  • If you have a Registered Indian Status in Canada, even if you’re a citizen of another country.

Eligibility Criteria for Canadian Student Visa

  • The student must obtain a letter of acceptance from a recognized higher education provider.
  • Show proof that you have adequate funds to pay for your tuition fees and living expenses.
  • Proof of a clean background without any criminal records.
  • Undergo health tests and produce a medical certificate which states that you are in good health.
  • Proof of your intention that you will leave Canada after your studies.


Documents Required For Student Visa Canada:

You should start the student visa application process after you receive an acceptance letter from your desired educational institution. The documents you need are listed below:

Valid Passport:

The Canadian High Commission says that your passport should have validity that extends to cover the time duration of your intended stay in Canada.

Passport Size Photographs:

If you intend to apply offline, then you require at least two passport size photographs. If your application is submitted online, then you need to submit a digital copy of your photograph. The photo should have a neutral facial expression, plain background and no headgear except for religious reasons.

English Language Proficiency Exam Score:

It is recommended that you get your English Language Proficiency Score before you start the visa application process. To confirm your admission to any Canadian university, you need to submit your English Language Proficiency Score. TOEFL and IELTS are two of the most popular exams for this purpose.

Statement of Purpose:

When applying for a student visa to study at a Canadian university, you will be asked to submit an essay stating the purpose of your trip to Canada and why you would like to study at this particular institution. While it is an optional document, submitting this document will strengthen your case.

Credit Card:

When you submit your online application, you are required to pay by credit card.The visa application fee for Canada is $160. You cannot use debit cards. It is preferred if you use a credit in your name, however, you could also use your parents’ credit card if needed.

 Documents Required During Personal Interview: 

Additional documents may be requested by the interviewer during your personal interview. This interview will either be held at the Canadian embassy or consulate.

  1. They require transcripts, diplomas, degrees, certificates, etc.
  2. Scores from standardized tests such as TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT (whichever is applicable to you).
  3. Your financial status. The interviewer would want to know how you intend to cover your living, educational and travel costs.
  4. Your intention to move out of Canada upon course completion.

Student Direct Stream (Sds): 

The SDS is a quick way for students who aspire to study in Canada for a Post-Secondary Designated Learning Institution (DLI). It is aimed at students who have strong English or French language skills and who would like to study at a DLI. The processing time is 45 days or less.

Here Is How You Qualify For SDS:

  • Letter of admission from a DLI
  • Demonstration of English or French language proficiency. Minimum score of 6 in IELTS with no band less than 6 or TEF (French language proficiency test) score equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark score of at least 7 in each skill.
  • Adequate finances to cover your education and living expenses
  • Results of your medical examination
How to apply for a Canadian Student Visa: 

Application method:

Online: If you are applying online, ensure that you have scanned copies of all the necessary documents. You will still be asked to provide a finger scan at the regional Visa Application Centre (VAC). You need to visit the nearest VFS office to hand over your passport and provide them confirmation of your form and fee payment.

Applying In-Person:

There is an application kit which you can download on the CIC website, read through the instruction guide for the next steps. The guide has the necessary information that will help you complete your application. Use the document checklist section so you do not miss submitting any document. 

Processing Fee:

When submitting an application through VFS, visa fees must be paid apart from VFS Global service charges. 

Working While Being a Student In Canada:

You can qualify to work on or off-campus for up to 20 hours during university semesters and a full-time during holidays. A lot of students work on a part-time basis to take care of their expenses.

Here is how you can qualify to work while studying:

  • Have a study permit.
  • Be a full-time student at a Canadian university.
  • Be enrolled at a designated learning institution at post-secondary level or in a vocational program at secondary level if you are in Quebec.
  • Be in a study programme that will provide a degree, diploma or certificate which is at least six months in duration.

After completing your study program, your study permit is only valid for the next 90 days, before which you would need to get a post-graduation work permit. This is for people who want to stay in Canada after their studies and find employment here. This work permit is valid for three years.