Guidelines On How to Apply for a Canadian Study Permit and Visa: Once you have received a study offer from a Canadian school, you will need to start working on your visa. Note that if your course lasts more than six months, you will need a Canadian study permit. With Visa, you can only travel to Canada and stay there for up to six months maximum. In this article published, I explain the steps and guidelines required to complete a Canadian study visa/permit and the conditions to fulfill. So sit back and enjoy!
How to apply for a Canadian study permit and visa
This can be done in two ways viz; Online and paper application. The online application is the fastest and recommended method of application. To apply, you will need a credit/debit card and the ability to create the electronic copies of your supporting documents by using a camera or scanner. The type of documents to be submitted depends on the country, but in most cases, the following documents are usually demanded:
A letter of acceptance from a recognized institution in Canada.
This is a letter issued to a student who has been admitted to pursue a course of study by an institution. This letter can be sent to the student online or by post. It will contain information like the chosen course of study, tuition fees, duration of the study program, etc.
Canadian student visa application package
This package can be downloaded from the CIC website here or retrieved from a Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country. If you choose to download this package online, you will need to answer a few questions about yourself on the CIC website. This question will determine if you are eligible to apply online. If, after answering the questions, you are considered eligible, you will receive a personal checklist code, valid for 60 days. This checklist code will be required when you want to apply online. Print the page containing your code for future reference.
The next thing to do is to submit your request and here is how you do it. Create a myCIC account, and enter your personal checklist code. You will receive a checklist of personal documents allowing you to download and send your documents to CIC. Once you are done, your documents and application form are ready and you have also paid your fees, then you can submit your application to CIC.
Guidelines On How to Apply for a Canadian Study Permit and Visa
Applicants from certain countries may need to provide photograph and fingerprints.
Medical examination/police check
Some applicants may be asked to do a medical examination and or police check before they submit their application. Since these requirements vary from country to country, it’s important that you contact the Canadian embassy in your home country and find out your country’s requirements before you submit your application.
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Proof of funds to support yourself
In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you will also need to provide proof that you have enough funds to support your study. A minimum of C$10,000 is needed each year of your study on top of your tuition fees. Proof of this money can be in the form of a bank statement, evidence of a Canadian account in your name if the money has been transferred, bank draft in a converting currency, proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees, proof of funding if you have a scholarship.
Once you receive your visa, a letter of introduction will be sent to you and a temporary residence visa which will allow you to travel to Canada. Upon your arrival in Canada, present these documents together with your proof of finances, passport and other documents to the border control agency in Canada and you will be given a Canadian study permit which will allow you live and study for the duration of the program.