Canada is one of the most popular destinations for international students seeking top quality education. You’ll also need a student visa to enter and stay in the country for the duration of your course. Here’s all you need to know about the student visa requirements for Canadian universities.
You need to apply for a Canadian study permit before entering the country. To be able to apply for this permit, you should have been accepted by a Designated Learning Institute (DLI).
Documents Required :
Here’s a checklist of the documents you’d need to apply for a Canadian study permit:
- Letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institute with a valid DLI number. You will be required to attach the original letter.
- Valid proof of identity for every single person accompanying the family, including recent passport size photos, their name and date of birth.
- Proof of financial support according to which you must prove that you can support yourself and all your family members while in Canada. This would include your bank account details with a Canadian bank, bank account details for the past four months, proof of loan details secured from a financial institution as a student, among others.
- Letter of explanation, with details about why you are applying for a study permit, even though you may not need one. Having a study permit also gives you the freedom to work part time on campus as a full-time student. At the same time, if you wish to continue studying in Canada, you can apply to renew the permit while living in Canada. You don’t have to leave the country to get it renewed.
Fees for Canada Student Visa:
As proof of financial support, you will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family in Canada.
Applying for a study permit in Canada is stated to cost $CAN 150. Beyond this, the minimum amount you would need to study in Canada is $10,000 plus tuition fees for a 12-month period outside Quebec, and $11,000 plus tuition for the same period in Quebec, for a single student. This amount will increase with the addition of each additional family member.
Processing time is the time taken by the CIC to take a decision about the application you filed. It will be counted from the day CIC receives an application to the final decision day.
There is no specific day or time mentioned when you check the processing time. The visa offices update processing time tool weekly on the whole, and only show the time which it took to process 80% of the applications.
Working as a student in Canada:
One advantage of having a study permit as a full time student in Canada is that you are at liberty to work on campus. You don’t need a separate work permit for it. Ensure that your study permit has printed on it either of the following remarks:
- May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies
- May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria
Once you have this on your study permit, you can apply for a social insurance number (SIN) to work on-campus.Your study permit, and being a full-time student at a DLI will also allow you to work off-campus for up to 20 hours a week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks. You would need SIN for this as well.