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October 2, 2022
Step By Step Guide: How to Get a Canadian Student Visa

Step By Step Guide: How to Get a Canadian Student Visa

Canadian Student Visa-Have you ever needed a student visa in Canada? If so, then this is the guide for you. The process to get your student visa can seem difficult and overwhelming at first glance. We are going to break it down step by step and make sure that getting started will be easy peasy!

Documents you need to apply for a student visa

Letter of acceptance from the host school

In order to apply for a student visa, you will need an acceptance letter from your host school. This document should explain your plans to study in the country and your goals. In addition, you must agree to leave Canada once your permit has expired. The I-20 document will be sent to the US consulate on your behalf. Make sure that your name and date of birth on your I-20 match those on your passport before applying for a visa. You can find schools by using an online search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

Letter of explanation

When applying for a student visa, you will be required to provide a letter of explanation. This is a required part of the application process and it is important to write your letter in order to assure the Canadian government that you will respect all conditions of the permit, including leaving Canada once it expires.

Some things you will need to include in your letter are:

  • Your intention to study in Canada and comply with all visa conditions
  • Your career goals and how studying in Canada will help you achieve them
  • Why you have selected the particular program and school
  • How prepared you are for this program, both academically and emotionally
  • Why you have decided to pursue your education in Canada rather than another country

Proof of funds

To prove that you have the financial means to cover your expenses while in Canada, you will need to provide an original letter from a bank or other financial institution. The letter must state that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees, living expenses and return transportation costs. The minimum required amount of funds varies depending on the length of your stay in Canada.

For a student visa, the minimum required amount is C$10,000 for each year of study. If you are applying for a work permit, the minimum required amount is C$2,500 per month of intended employment.

A valid passport

In order to apply for a student visa, you will need a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for the length of time indicated on your study permit or stamp. A student visa is typically good for two years, with three-year options available if you’re staying for a longer period of time.

For Proof of funds (you need to have any of the following)

A Canadian bank under your name

You should have a Canadian bank account in your name with the required balance. If you don’t, then you need to provide proof of funds for any other way that is acceptable.

Proof of your education or student loan

If you’re looking to study in the United States, you may need to provide proof of your education or student loan.

One way to do this is by providing bank statements, bank transfers, or other documents with the applicant’s name and account number on them. Your previous degree must be from an accredited university before submitting an application to Canada Immigration.

Proof of scholarship or funding

You will need to provide proof of funds in order to be eligible for a scholarship. The type of proof required will depend on the scholarship that you are applying for and your country of origin. For example, students who study in Canada can apply for scholarships available through the Canadian government. These scholarships vary depending on the field of study and country of origin.

Proof of paid tuition and housing fee

In order to apply for a student visa, you will need to provide proof of:

$10,000 GIC; tuition fee payment; language test score (minimum 6/7); and that you’re an international student studying English or French for Canada’s educational system in Canada. The annual visa application fee is CAD 150.

Bank draft convertible to Canadian dollars

When applying for a Canadian student visa, you will need to provide proof of funds. This can be done in the form of a bank draft convertible to Canadian dollars. The cost of applying for a student visa is currently $150 CAD, and this must be paid when submitting your application. In addition, you will also need to pay for the medical exams, biometrics data collection and language tests separately.

Bank statements for the last four months

In order to prove that you have the funds required to study in Canada, you will need to provide bank statements for the last four months. The statements must show that you have a balance of at least CAN$10,000. You can provide either paper or electronic copies of the statements. If you are using an ETA instead of a travel visa, your bank statement must show that you have a balance of at least US$200. You will also need to provide a copy of your passport and your student authorization letter.

Guaranteed investment certificate from any financial institution

As an international student, you need to have proof of funds to show the Canadian government that you can support yourself financially while in Canada. One option is to get a guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) from any financial institution.

The list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) is updated annually by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The list includes primary and secondary schools. If your school is on this list, then you can provide the proof of funds letter from your school as evidence that you have enough money for your studies.

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Another option is to have a GIC with a minimum value of $10,000. This investment will be returned after 12 months, along with interest. At present, only Scotiabank and ICICI Bank Canada offer GICs for international students studying in Canada.

How much money do you need for a Canadian student visa?

When applying for a Canadian student visa, you will need to provide evidence that you have enough money to cover your tuition and living expenses. The amount of money required varies depending on the length of your program and your province of study.

Canadian universities have lower tuition than American schools, but the cost of books and supplies is similar. International students can often find Canada to be more affordable than other countries.

SEE ALSO:How to Apply for Student Loans as an International Student

A student’s housing rights are considered when deciding where to study abroad, as they often will not require a visa to live in Canada. If you will be living in campus housing, your school should provide information about how much it costs. You can also expect to pay between C$500 and C$2000 per month for rent outside of campus.

Every Canadian institution has a designated learning institution which will be your first and foremost provider of the visa. When you apply, make sure you contact both institutions so that you can start gathering all the necessary paperwork early on.

If accepted, your backlogs won’t be an issue for the visa officer–you will likely receive your visa within four weeks after submitting all the required documents

FAQ

Can I stay in Canada after my studies?

Yes, you can. After you have completed your studies in Canada, you may want to stay and work here. You can apply for a work permit from within Canada. A study permit also allows students to work part-time on campus. A study permit also allows for the possibility of working off-campus, as a co-op or intern, staying in Canada as a permanent resident or finding work after graduating.

Where are Canadian international students coming from?

According to the latest Open Doors report, released in November 2017 by the Institute of International Education (IIE), there has been an increase in the number of international students coming to Canada to study. The top five countries of origin for these students are China, India, Iran, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Can I work in Canada with a student visa? Age?

There is no age limit specified for Canadian student visas. However, you may have to meet certain criteria when trying to work on campus or through a co-op program or internship. 

Children 17 years of age or less must be in the care of an adult in Canada who is responsible for them. If a minor travelling with one parent or an authorized guardian, the custodian must provide consent. Learn more about minors studying in Canada.

How long does it take to get a study permit

Processing times for study permits vary greatly. The shortest processing time is 1-2 weeks, but some applicants can expect to wait as long as 16 weeks.

Some students are eligible for the “Study Direct Stream” which shortens their processing time by four weeks. The Student Direct Stream is for certain legal residents.

SEE ALSO: How to Study and Work in Switzerland: The Ultimate Guide

The validity of the student visa depends on the length of your program, with a 3-year extension available for programs over two years long. If you’re in Canada and have less than two years to complete your program, you’ll be able to stay back for as many months as there are days in that time frame

What is the age limit to study in Canada

There is no age limit specified to get a Canadian student visa. However, the child must be 17 years of age or less when they enter Canada. If your child is not accompanying you, then they must be in the care of a responsible adult in Canada at all times.

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