Canada is host to many world-class universities. Studying abroad in Canada will result in a degree that is recognized worldwide and can offer many opportunities for employment.
To come and study in Canada, it is required for applicants to get a Canadian Study permit, which is what Canada calls their student visas. Once the Canadian study permit has been obtained it is possible to renew it within Canada until the applicant completes his or her studies. It is required to show an ability to support oneself in Canada that, at time of writing, is calculated at $10,000 CAD.
If the applicant is studying full time at a qualifying university, they are allowed to work part time on or off campus, even at internships that could lead to company sponsorship or permanent residence after graduation. Canadian Student visas are very advantageous as any job the student is hired for through their studies is easily convertible to a work permit and even permanent residency.
The process for obtaining a Canadian student visa is as follows:
Before beginning the application process, the applicant must first be accepted into an accredited Canadian university. If the university located in the province of Quebec, it is necessary to get a certificate if acceptance, or CAQ from the provincial government. The application form is available through the university or online.
Once acceptance to a qualifying school has been obtained, the next step is to obtain a student visa application package. This can be obtained from the local visa office of any local Canadian Embassy or consulate. Canada requires students from certain countries to apply for a temporary residence permit as well. This is not typically a problem as it is processed simultaneously with the student visa.
Before the application package is released, the applicant will have to answer a few questions to verify that they are eligible, and what extra documentation, if any, they will need to provide.
Once declared eligible, the applicant gets a confirmation page with a personal checklist code that they can use up to 60 days later to apply online. It is very important to print out the confirmation page, as it contains an estimate of the applicant’s tuition fees, a list of required documents, and a list of the next steps to take.
Then, the applicant can make a myCIC account where they can upload and send the required documents. Once that is done, the application is submitted. Some applicants may be required to undergo an interview at a Canadian Embassy or consulate and provide biometrics. Upon acceptance, the applicant is sent a letter of introduction, or a eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization).It is a requirement that the applicant travel with the same passport they used to apply.
CCP has longstanding experience in facilitating Canadian student visa applications. Please contact us for a full consultation.