Guide to Canadian Study Permit


May 11, 2021



Canada continues to draw a steady stream of international students from around the globe. Canada offers a diverse range of opportunities and a lively community in addition to a high-quality educational system. Although an excellent academic score is still needed for admission to a university, college, or any other educational institution in Canada, permission to study is validated by a Study Permit. A student must first apply for a Temporary Resident Visa, which is issued by the Canadian High Commission and supported by Visa Application Centers. This article discusses everything from visa requirements to apply for a Canadian Study Permit. 

Eligibility Criteria Canadian Study Permit

If you meet the following requirements, you can apply for a Canadian Study Permit:

  • You must be accepted by a designated learning institute (DLI).
  • Provide evidence that you have enough funds to cover your tuition and living expenses.
  • You must have no criminal history and a clear background. 
  • A medical certificate stating that you are in good health is needed. 
  • A strong statement of purpose indicates that you will leave Canada once you complete your studies.

Documents Required for Canadian Visa

After you receive your college acceptance letter, you can apply for a student visa. If you want to apply for the September intake, you should start the visa process as early as you can to avoid delays. The documents required to apply for a Canadian Student Visa are listed below. 

  1. English Language Proficiency Exam Score: While it is not required at the time of application, it is a requirement of most institutes to have a valid IELTS or equivalent exam in order to get accepted. Every institute has its own English Proficiency requirements that must be met.
  2. Valid Passport: To apply for a Study Permit, you must have a valid passport. According to the High Commission, every student must have a passport that is valid for the duration of your planned stay in Canada. 
  3. Proof of Acceptance by the Designated Learning Institution: You’ll need an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI).
  4. Statement of Purpose: When applying for a Canadian Study Permit, you must submit an essay explaining why you want to study in Canada, why you have selected the specific institution and that you understand your responsibilities as a student in Canada. The checklist will prompt you to apply this as an optional document, but it is highly recommended that you do so.
  5. Proof of Funds: You will be required to provide evidence of funds when applying for your Study Permit. According to current standards, you must demonstrate that you will be able to afford our tuition fees as well as cover living expenses.
  6. Immigration Medical Examination (IME): International students are required by Canadian Immigration to undergo a mandatory Immigration Medical Examination by paneled doctors. Before beginning their Visa Application, students must schedule an appointment and visit one of the specified doctors for a medical examination knows as Biometrics. 
  7. Credit Card: If you’re submitting an application online, you’ll need a credit card to pay the application fee. The fee for applying for a Canadian visa is CAD 150. And additionally CAD 85 is charged for your Biometric appointment. Please keep in mind that only credit cards are accepted by the system. 
  8. Other Documents: Two recent passport-size photographs based on the visa specifications, scan copy of transcripts of previous education and degree certificates, GIC Certificate, fee payment receipt, work experience certificate (If any) are a few among the other documents needed for filing the application.

Steps to Obtain your Canadian Student Visa

  • Before you can travel to Canada, apply for your student visa online at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with all supporting documents by creating an online account. 
  • If you don’t have access to the internet or can’t upload the documents online, you can opt for the offline process by purchasing the application package, and send later you can send the visa application documents by post. 
  • Make sure you have all of the documents listed on the checklist. If details or records are missing, the application may be delayed.
  • Note that when submitting an application, visa fees must be paid and the processing fee is non-refundable in all cases. 
  • In most cases, the biometrics fee should be paid along with the application fees. The biometrics fee includes the expense of fingerprinting and taking a digital photograph. 
  • If you are applying for temporary resident visas, work permits, or study permits for your spouse/common-law partner and/or children, you will need to pay the necessary processing fees for them. 

The visa application process will take anywhere from 3-4 weeks to a few months. It is recommended to go through the Canadian consulate website to know the approximate time taken to process the student visa. After processing, on approval of the application, a port of entry letter of introduction will be sent. This letter is not the study permit. When you arrive in Canada, you must carry this letter with you and show it to a border services officer to obtain the study permit. 

To know more about the recent changes in the process due to the Covid-19 impact, check out the Government of Canada website for official updates.

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