To study in Canada, you’ll need to apply for a Canadian study permit, which acts as a student visa for the duration of your stay. If your course or program is six months or shorter, you do not need a Canadian study permit. Nonetheless, applying for permission before coming to Canada may be a smart idea – otherwise, if you decide to continue your studies in another program, you’ll have to leave Canada to apply for a study permit through a visa office.
How to get a student visa for Canada?
You can apply for a study permit in Canada either online or by submitting a paper application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Paper applications generally take twice as long as online ones.
You’ll need a credit/debit card to apply online, as well as the capacity to produce electronic copies of your supporting documents (i.e. using a scanner or camera). The visa office in your country will provide you precise instructions on the documents you must submit; these instructions will differ based on your location.
How many funds are required for a Canadian student visa?
Minimum funds required to maintain yourself as a student (and any accompanying family members):
If you are going outside Quebec
|Persons coming to Canada||Amount of money needed per year (not including tuition)||Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)|
|You (the student)||CAN$ 10,000||CAN$ 833|
|First family member||CAN$ 4,000||CAN$ 333|
|Every additional accompanying family member||CAN$ 3,000||CAN$ 255|
If you are going to Quebec
|Persons coming to Canada||Amount of funds required per year (additional to the tuition)||Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)|
|You (the student)||CAN$ 11,000||CAN$ 917|
|First family member (18 years or older)||CAN$ 5,100||CAN$ 425|
|First family member (under the age of 18)||CAN$ 3,800||CAN$ 317|
|Every additional accompanying family member (18 years or older)||CAN$ 5,125||CAN$ 427|
|Every additional accompanying family member (under the age of 18)||CAN$ 1,903||CAN$ 159|
What are the requirements for a student visa in Canada?
For your CANADA Student Visa application, you will typically require the following:
- A valid passport
- Copies of 10th, 12th, and degree diplomas that have been attested
- 2 scholarly references
- 2 recommendations from previous employers
- SOP (standard operating procedure) (Statement of Purpose)
- Extracurricular achievement certificates
- a letter of acceptance from your educational institution
- Payment receipt
- Evidence of financial resources
- Photographs in passport size
- Permit to Study and Visa
- Proficiency in English
If there are any additional criteria, your university will notify you before you submit your application.
Is it easy to get a student visa for Canada?
How long does it take to get a student visa to Canada?
The processing time for a Canadian study permit can take up to 90 days after you submit your application, however, it is normally much faster. This is also contingent on the state of affairs in your native nation. You can acquire your study permit faster by using the Student Direct Stream.