Canada is ranked amongst the best countries because of its quality education, safe and peaceful living environment, economic stability, and the excellent job market. Over the years, Canada has become one of the favourite destinations for international students.
There are two steps involved in the application to acquire study permits in Canada:
Although there can be specific requirements based on your specific program of study, generally speaking, most post-secondary institutions require an international student to provide, at the time of applying, the following:
Note: Check with the institution you are applying at to determine acceptable exam, score and qualifying subject requirements.
International students should apply only to a Designated Learning Institution (DLI); Otherwise, you may not be eligible to work off campus while studying or may not be able to obtain a post-graduate work permit.
Once you receive a letter of acceptance from the institution, you can apply for your Canadian Student Visa.
Obtaining admission to an institution does not automatically grant you the legal right to study in Canada. An application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is still required. It is this governing body that issues a student visa to you.
These are the general requirements for a student visa:
Once an international student has applied for a study permit, they will need to wait for a decision on their application. Once a decision has been made, the foreign student must pay their fees and obtain a visa, if required. They will also need to provide biometrics if required. Once these steps have been completed, the international student can make arrangements to travel to Canada and begin their studies.
The processing time for a student visa in Canada varies depending on a few factors. These factors include the type of student visa you are applying for, the country of origin, and the time of year. Generally, processing times can range from a few weeks to several months. The Canadian government typically processes study permit applications within 60 days, although it can take longer during peak periods.
Our Immigration lawyers at Edmonton Law Office can help you obtain admission to a recognized post-secondary institution (DLI) and help you receive your student visa to complete your studies and education. Contact our experienced Canadian Immigration Lawyers to answer all your questions about the student visa process.