Do you want to study in Canada? Taking the decision to study in Canada is probably one of the best investments for your career. I say investment because it costs quite a lot to become a student in Canada. Canada has a lot of great schools ranked among the best in the world and they offer the best to students in terms of education.
Thousands of students from around applying each year to study in Canada, not just for the quality of education students receive, but for the other benefits that come with studying in Canada. As an international student in Canada, you have a great chance of applying for a permanent residency after you complete your studies, you are also allowed to work during and after you have completed your course program, there are also a lot of financial aids and scholarships open to you.
The Canadian governments need more students to come to Canada to study and this is because international students contribute greatly to the economy of the country, but how do you get into Canada and be among thousands of students moving to Canada for studies?
To move to Canada for studies you must obtain study permits that allow you legally enter Canada for any academic activity. Below are detailed steps to apply for a Canadian study visa this year.
Steps to Apply for a Canadian Study Visa
The first step is to apply to a Canadian school
One of the requirements to apply for a student visa is that you must first obtain an official letter from an approved university in Canada. The letter of offer of admission will be requested from you by the visa officer as proof to show that you have been accepted and you have paid the necessary fees. to easily get accepted by a Canadian school, you should search and apply to those that offer your choice of course program and those with high acceptance rates. You can begin your search with the suggested universities below.
- University of Toronto
- York University
- University of Manitoba
- Thompson Rivers University
- University of Winnipeg
Have Your Documents Ready on Time
The are several documents that are required to complete your student visa application and they include
- Filled-in student permit application form
- A letter of acceptance from the Canadian school you wish to study at.
- You need a passport and other travel documents that will allow you to return to your home country after your studies. Although, if you reside in the U.S. then getting a passport isn’t really necessary.
- A letter of intent
- A Photo Passport with your name boldly written at the back of it.
- Proof that you paid the study permit fee (150 CAD)
- You must also provide proof of support to sustain yourself well enough for the duration of your studies. Your funds should be between $10,000 and 11,000 CAD per year
The requirements are the same throughout provinces in Canada, however, to study in Quebec, applicants will need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec, English and French translations of your document, a statement from the translator, and a certified copy of the original documents
Start your Visa Application Process
After you have obtained all the necessary documents required for the visa application, then you can proceed with the visa application. Here is how you can apply for a study visa
Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) official website to apply online.
Submit the necessary documents including a letter of acceptance from a recognized Canadian institute.
Applicants must also ensure that they have zero criminal record; they are not a threat to Canada residents health-wise.
If you have family members and you wish to bring them along, then you should ensure you are above 18 years of age.
After your graduation, students are given over 90 days to either leave the country or remain and work in Canada, gain necessary work experience working full-time or part-time n Canada.
Get Your Biometrics done
your visa application is not complete until your biometrics is done. The biometrics fee is 85 CAD. however some countries are allowed to not perform the biometric which means that they don’t have to visit an application center.