Canada is one of the very few countries which offer brilliant opportunities for students to pursue higher education. More than 150,000 students consider moving to the country every year. Canada not only offers quality education system but is also known for its rich culture and healthy lifestyle. While pursuing a course that lasts six months or less may or may not require a Canada student visa, courses which are six months or longer at the Diploma, Bachelors or Master’s levels require that a student obtain study visa for Canada.
These days, it has become even less complicated for students to aspire of educating themselves in a developed nation such as Canada.
However, there are important information a student needs to know such as:
- proof of having enough funds to cover your educational expenses, including your living and transportation expenses for the entire duration of your program of studies
- physically fit
- have no criminal records from any country you have lived or visited for more than six months; and
- have an expressed intention of going back to your home country or country of origin upon completion of your program.
Once a student meets the important requirements above, a student may proceed with the application process as follows:
First, a student needs to decide what program of study he/she prefers then apply for admission. Applying for admission is not an easy task, the college/university will require documents necessary for admission review. Establishments such as Macropus Immigration Services help students move through this process easily by assisting them step-by-step. Once the application for admission is granted the student will receivedthe college/university Letter of Acceptance(LOA) together with the details of his/her educational expenses, including tuition fees, living and transportation costs. The student will also be required to pay the first semester’s fee.
Second, with the LOAa student can now apply for a study visa for Canada by obtaining an application package which is available either through the CIC website, the local visa office, or the Canadian embassy in your city. The CIC website provides an eligibility screening test to determine if the student is eligible to apply for study permit Canada online. Eligible students receive a personal checklist code which is only valid for 60 days. The student must make a hard copy of the code as he/she will need it throughout the application process. The checklist will also include an application guide, a checklist of documents that the student will need to submit for application, and guidelines to follow through the next steps of applying for the Canada student visa. Read the guidelines and checklist carefully to ensure correctness of the application submission. Prepare and obtain all the documents required for the application.
Third, create a MyCIC account on the IRCC website and enter the personal checklist code the student had received when completing the eligibility screening. This will allow the student to obtain a document checklist, which is also the student’s final application checklist based from the student’s situation.
Complete the online application by uploading the required forms, and documents. Double check the entries and make sure there are no mistakes. Once the study permit Canada application is validated it is now ready for submission to the IRCC website. Sit tight and wait for our application result.
In some cases, the applicant may need to appear for a personal interview at the local visa office.
An important thing to note at this stage is that unless you are a citizen of the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you would be required to show that you have a valid passport that allows you to return to your home country after the completion of your course.
Finally, once your application is approved, you would be sent a letter of introduction. If your country requires an eTA (electronic travel authorization), you will be issued an eTA which will automatically be linked to your passport. Carry the same passport you used when you applied for your student visa. Show the letter of acceptance, proof of funds, and the eTA or letter of introduction to Canada Border Services Agency in Canada and voila! Your new life in Canada as a student will start.