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Canada Student Visa Guide

Canada Student Visa Guide

Updated on Apr 3, 2020
Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli

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Canada continues to attract a steady volume of students from India. While getting admission to Top  continues to require excellent academic score, the permission to study is validated by means of a Study Permit. If you wish to take academic, professional or vocational training at a university, college or any other educational institution in Canada, you will need a study permit before you enter Canada. This study permit is issued to students when they arrive in Canada. However, to get there, a student must first apply for a Temporary Resident Visa which is provided by the Canadian High Commission and facilitated by the Visa Application Centers. VFS Global Services are the designated VACs for Canadian Visa. Moreover, candidates should also know the  In this article, we will inform you everything from Canada student visa requirements to documents required for getting it to Study Permit.

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What is a Study Permit?

A study permit is a document issued by the Canadian immigration authorities that serves as permission for foreign students to . International students cannot study in Canada without getting a valid . Apart from this, students who get a study permit are allowed to enroll only in Designated Learning Institutions.

Getting the Study Permit

You are required to carry the Letter of Introduction along with all the specified documents to Canada. At the airport, you would meet with an Immigration Officer. Present the Passport and the Letter of Introduction to the border control agency officer who would then validate the same and if found adequate, issue you your Study Permit.

Eligibility criteria for Canada Student Visa

You can apply for a Canada Study visa if you fulfill the following criteria:

  • You have been accepted by a designated learning institute (DLI).
  • You need to prove that you have adequate funds to pay your tuition fee and living expenses.
  • You need to prove that you have a clean background and no criminal record. The aspirants need to produce a police certificate to prove this.
  • You need to do a health checkup and produce a medical certificate that certifies that you are in good health.

快穿系统女主深吻hAlso at the time of visa interview, you need to convince the visa officer that you will leave Canada once you complete your studies.

Which Documents are required for Canadian Visa?

快穿系统女主深吻hYou should apply for the student visa after you get the college acceptance letter. You should begin with the visa process around June if aiming at the September intake. Following are the documents needed to apply.

1. Valid Passport

快穿系统女主深吻hYou would need a Valid Passport to be able to apply for a Study Permit. As of the Canadian High Commission, it is important that you have a passport which validity that extends to cover the intended stay in Canada. For instance, if you plan to travel to Canada in September 2019 for a two-year course, your passport should be valid until at least September 2021.

2. Proof of Acceptance by a Designated Learning Institution

You would need the acceptance letter from the university/Institute you are planning to attend. A Designated Learning Institute is the University which is recognized by the Immigration Department. (Here’s a  for your reference). In case you are applying for Quebec, you would also need a CAQ which you would be duly notified.

3. Proof of Funds

At the time of application for your Study Permit, you would have to show proof of funds. As per the present standards, you would have to prove that you would have enough funds to pay our tuition fees as well as take care of living expended. The Canadian Immigration deems a student would require at least Canadian $10,000 for every year of your stay. Apart from the above two, the student would also have to prove that he/she has enough funds for a return fair as well.

Note:

While filling the application form, you would have to show the proof of fees paid as well as the stipulated cost of living @ CAD 10,000. If you are applying for Quebec you require at least CAD 11,000 for every year of your stay.

4. Passport Size Photographs

快穿系统女主深吻hIf you have opted for offline application, you would need two passport sized photographs that conform to the given standards. For online application, you must procure a digital copy of the photograph which should not be more than 4MB. Other requirements are standard about neutral facial expression, plain background as well as no headgear (unless for religious purposes). Note:

  • Size of the image should be at least 35 mm x 45 mm
  • Image should be recent (not older than 6 months)

快穿系统女主深吻h5. Immigration Medical Examination (IME)

Canadian Immigration requires international students from India to undergo a compulsory Immigration Medical Examination from empanelled doctors. Students would have to book an appointment and visit the listed doctors for a medical examination, preferably a week before they start their Visa Application. This is to give the doctor enough time to validate and upload the necessary documents. Booking an appointment in advance with the nearest facility/ practitioner as per the list of empanelled doctors is always advised.

The panel physician will perform a complete medical exam and may refer you for chest x-rays and laboratory tests. Once your exam has been completed, the physician will send the results to CIC.

6. English Language Proficiency Exam Score

快穿系统女主深吻hThough not mandatory to have at the time of application, we strongly recommend that you have appeared for and get your English Language Proficiency Score before you start your Visa Application Process. As it is, you would have had to submit your English language proficiency score to confirm your admission to the Canadian University. , , etc. are all acceptable.

7. 

快穿系统女主深吻hWhen applying for a Canadian Study Permit, you would be required to submit an essay stating the purpose of your trip to Canada and why you have chosen the particular institution. This would be prompted as an optional document in the checklist but we strongly recommend that you submit the same.

快穿系统女主深吻h8. Credit Card

快穿系统女主深吻hIn case you are making an online application, you would also require a credit card to pay the application fee. The Visa Application Fee for Canada is CAD $160. Please remember that the system only accepts credit cards and not debit cards. Also, it is not necessary that it is your credit card. You can use your parent’s cards as well, provided you have the explicit permission to do so.

快穿系统女主深吻hApart from the above, if applying online, you would need access to a digital scanner. However, if you are applying offline, you should have true copies of all the above-mentioned documents. It is important to note that while applying online, you would be required to download a few documents, fill them, print them, sign them and then upload them. Accordingly, the availability of the scanner must be arranged. The system also allows you to upload a good quality digital image. We, however, recommend a scanner to a camera.

During the personal interview, additional documents may be requested by the interviewer. These may be documents to prove evidence of academic or financial status. These may include:

  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended
  • Scores from tests, such as the TOEFL, , , or 
  • Your intent to depart from Canada upon completion of the course of study
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs

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How to Apply for a Canadian Visa for Study

There are several steps to apply for a visa.

  1.  Check the processing times - The visa application cycle might take anywhere from 3-4 weeks. It is advisable to go through the Canadian consulate website to know the approximate time taken to process the student visa. Please note that the time shown is not a guarantee and is just an estimate.
  2.  Determine how you will apply. There are two ways to apply:
    (a) 
    To apply online you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and have a valid credit card for payment. You will still be required to provide a finger scan at the regional Visa Application Centre (VAC). Remember, in the case of Online Application you need to visit the VFS offices to hand your passports and would have to provide the confirmation of form and fee payment as well. the steps would only vary in terms of documents you need to carry to the VAC.
    (b) Apply in person
    Download the application kit and read the instruction guide. The instruction guide contains important information about study permits and instructions to help you complete your application. Read the guide carefully and use the document checklist.
  3.  Fill out the  and attach it with your application form.  You need this form to get the assistance of VFS services for your visa filing process.
  4.  Pay the processing fee - Note that when submitting an application via the VFS, in person or by mail, visa fees must be paid in addition to VFS Global service charges. The processing fee is non-refundable in all cases.
  5.  If your spouse/common-law partner and/or children are accompanying you and you are applying for temporary resident visas, work permits or study permits for them, then you will need to pay the appropriate processing fees for them. 
  6.  Submit your application and supporting documents - You have to visit the nearest VFS office. Once you are there, pay the service charges and hand them your complete application to obtain a receipt. This receipt contains your unique tracking number which you will need to track the progress of your application online.

In case your application is approved you will receive notification from the Government of Canada requesting for your passport. You can submit the passport and passport request letter in person or through VFS. You would be provided with a Temporary Resident Visa and a Letter of Introduction.

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Canada Student Visa Fee

  • Study permit for Canada costs CAD$ 150, which is roughly equivalent to INR 7,845 (as shared on the CIC Website) as per the current exchange rate. Since the exchange rate keeps changing, we would advise you to check the same at the time of your visa application.
  • Canadian Visa Applications are available both online and offline. As such, the visa processing fees can be made both online (by means of a credit card) or offline (by means of demand draft if paying at the High Commission of Canada) or by cash at the VAC. This fee must be paid when the application is submitted or a fee receipt of online payment provided. The Demand Draft required is to be drawn out in favor of High Commission of Canada in Indian rupees. VACs accept only Cash Payments. 
  • Also, the visa fee mentioned does not include VAC service charges. You would have to pay the additional service charges as applicable for your region. Also, a receipt will be issued for each payment received.  Please keep the receipt as proof of payment.

Processing Time for the Canada Student Visa

Processing time is the time taken by the CIC for processing a visa application. It starts when the aspirant files the application until the final decision day. As such, there is no specific time period mentioned for processing a Canada study visa application. Aspirants (both online and paper) can view their applications through their MyCIC account.

Study Permit Renewal

For staying in Canada, students need to have a valid study permit. If, in case, your study permit expires before completion of your studies (program) then you need to apply for renewal of study permit. Ideally, you should apply at least30 days before your current permit expires. Candidates can submit their application through mail or online.

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Dependents

Spouses can accompany full-time students on a Dependent visa. You only need to show that adequate funds are available for their support. Spouses can also work full time if his/her stay is for a year or more.

In some cases, you may apply for an open work permit if you will be accompanying your spouse or common-law partner to Canada. With an open work permit, you may find and accept any job when you get to Canada. You do not need a job offer or a positive labor market impact assessment to apply for your work permit.

Canadian Embassy and Consulates Addresses-

1. High Commission of Canada, New Delhi

7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110 021, India

2. Consulate General of Canada
World Trade Center, 22nd Floor
26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road 
Malleshwaram West
Yeshwantpur
Bengaluru – 560055

3. Consulate General of Canada

SCO# 54-56, Sector 17 A
Chandigarh 160 017, India

4. Consulate General of Canada

Indiabulls Finance Centre
21st Floor, Tower 2
Senapati Bapat Marg
Elphinstone Road (West)
快穿系统女主深吻hMumbai 400013

VFS center addresses -

1. New Delhi

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level, 
Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place 
New Delhi-110001

2. Chennai

Canada Visa Application Centre
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
快穿系统女主深吻hFagun Towers, Second floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai- 600008, India

3. Mumbai

Canada Visa Application Centre
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
快穿系统女主深吻hTrade Centre 5th Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400051, India

4. Kolkata

Canada Visa Application Centre
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
快穿系统女主深吻hRene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Rajdanga, Landmark: Near Geetanjali Stadium Kolkata, 700107, India

Canada is considered one of the top global study destinations for international students, however, studying here is not economical for some. Therefore, we have listed out some of the popular scholarships for those who need financial support for pursuing their education in Canada.

FAQS for Canada Student Visa

Q. How many bands are required to study in Canada?

A. For an undergraduate degree, the Canadian high commission requires 6.0 bands in the IELTS Exam with no band less than 5.5. Also, for the postgraduate degree, candidates require overall 6.5 bands with no band less than 6.0.

Q. How many backlogs are allowed for Canada student visa?

快穿系统女主深吻hA. Some universities in Canada accept a maximum of 5 backlogs, with a condition that candidate must have scored a minimum of 70 percent in the undergraduate degree. Apart from this, for Postgraduate degree programmes, some universities accept maximum 7 or 8 backlogs if the candidate has scored 6.5 percent or above in the undergraduate program.

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PG Aspirant23 hours ago

Hi Team,

快穿系统女主深吻h I have got my admit from Canadian university through TOEFL score. But when I went through the CIC website, I observed information just regarding IELTS score. Can I get my study permit with TOEFL score under SDS and how much time it will take under SDS and normal process.

2 weeks ago

快穿系统女主深吻hAs you mentioned above about backlogs are the living backlogs or for the entire post graduate study which gonna count ..?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
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快穿系统女主深吻hDear Komal, university will count the backlogs from the entire post graduate program, however, it also depends from university to university how many backlogs they accept.

PG Aspirant2 weeks ago

My IELTS score is 7.5/6/6/5.5 in LRWS respectively. Is it possible to get canadian VISA if I get admission in an university? Or what are all the possibilities?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert1 week ago

Dear Sugantha, you can apply for the student visa if you secure admission in a recognized school. Please elaborate on your query and mention which course you want to pursue and from which school, so, we can assist you better, as eligibility requirements for every school differs.

PG Aspirant2 weeks ago

快穿系统女主深吻hVisa process will continue despite pandemic for September intake?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert2 weeks ago

Currently there are travel restrictions imposed by the government. Also, you can apply for the September intake as majority of the universities are accepting applications for the fall intake. If you will secure admission then only one can apply for the visa. Once the situation normalizes then concerned authorities will issue guidelines regarding the visa.

3 weeks ago

My Canadian institution (University of Calgary) states that I do not need an IELTS certificate as I have completed 3 yrs of study in English speaking school in India. Should I still give the IELTS?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert3 weeks ago

快穿系统女主深吻hDear Om, if the university itself has asked you that IELTS score is not mandatory then you need not give IELTS, however, if you are planning to apply to other schools as well then you should go for the IELTS exam.

PG Aspirant1 month ago

I submitted my passport in vfs global in Canada for stamping on 12 march 2020.. they said that they will send my passport through courier service in my city which is around 40 kilometres from chandiagrh so I wanted to know that what I can expect that in how many days I will get my passport back

1 month ago

I completed my 12th in 2009 after 2011 till continue as a CNC designer,i got 6.5 bands in ielts,is it possible to get a study visa of Quebec?



Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert1 month ago

Dear Jagmeet, you can get a study visa if you secure admission in a recognized university. You need to make sure that you meet all the criteria set by the university where you are seeking admission.

UG Aspirant1 month ago

I am planning for 2020 sept intake i want to study aviation management. Will i be able to get admission in 55% because this is my score

PG Aspirant1 month ago

快穿系统女主深吻hHey there.. i am going to take ietls next month in april and will get result by the end of april. Will there be enough time for me to take sep-2020 intake

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert1 month ago

Dear Sakir, for Sep-2020 intake you need to start with the application process right now right from the university selection to arrange all the documents, transcripts and finances. Please go through the below link for more details on it:

PG Aspirant1 month ago

Hi
Iam planning for my MBA in CANADA for sep 2020. I want to know about GIC. Is GIC mandatory? Because consultants were saying only with GIC i can get my visa approved.
can i apply for student visa without GIC? paying my 1st semester fee and showing enough funds in my bank a/c will be fine?

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert1 month ago

快穿系统女主深吻hDear Mounika, it is important to buy a Guaranteed Investment of Certificate for getting a student visa.