The rate at which students are trooping to Canada makes it look as though the process of applying for and obtaining a study permit in Canada is simple. Although the process might be straightforward, students who have gone through it can boldly tell you that the process is not simple.

Please note that a Canadian student visa is not complete without a study permit. A Canadian study permit is a document issued by the Canadian immigration authority that serves as permission for foreign students to study in Canada. As an international student, you cannot study in Canada without getting a valid study permit.

Before you can secure your study permit, you are required to carry the Letter of Introduction along with all the specified documents to Canada. At the airport, you would meet an Immigration Officer. Present the Passport and the Letter of Introduction to the border control agency officer who will then validate the same and if found adequate, issue you your Study Permit.

Basic Requirements for Canada Student Visa

Before you apply for a Canada Study visa, you must make sure you fulfill the criteria listed below;

  1. You Have Been Accepted by A Designated Learning Institute (DLI)

There are several institutions in Canada that admit international students and you must be accepted by one of them before you can be issued a Canada study visa. So, the first step that you are expected to take in your quest to study in Canada is to apply to a designated learning institute.

Please note that you can only apply for a student visa after you get the college acceptance letter.

  1. Prove That You Have Adequate Funds to Pay Your Tuition Fee and Living Expenses

Trust me, it can be very expensive to school in Canada hence, before you apply for a Canada study visa, you must make sure you have adequate funds that will cover your tuition fee and living expenses. This is one hurdle that many aspiring international students struggle to scale through.

  1. You Need to Prove That You Have a Clean Background and No Criminal Record

Another thing that you will guarantee that you secure a Canadian student visa is your police report. All aspiring students need to produce a police verification certificate to prove that they have a clean background and no criminal record. Come to think of it, which country would want to admit a criminal into their country?

  1. Submit a Medical Certificate That Certifies That You Are In Good Health

Producing a medical certificate that gives you a clean bill of health is yet another requirement you would need if you want to apply for a Canadian student visa. Please note that during the process of applying for a Canadian student visa, you will be required to go to a designated hospital or medical lab to carry out medical checkup before you will be issued a visa.

  1. Prove Your Home Tie

Another key factor that will guarantee that you secure a Canadian student visa is that you should be able to prove your home tie. That is, you must be able to convince the visa officer that you will leave Canada once you complete your studies.

Documents Required for Canadian Student Visa

Here are the key documents you would need to apply For Canada Student Visa;

  1. A Valid Passport

You would need a Valid Passport to be able to apply for a Study Permit. It is important that you have a passport whose validity covers the intended stay in Canada. For instance, if you plan to travel to Canada in September 2022 for a two-year course, your passport should be valid until at least September 2024.

  1. Proof of Acceptance by a Designated Learning Institution

You would need the acceptance letter from the university/institute you are planning to attend. A Designated Learning Institute is a university that is recognized by the Immigration Department. In case you are applying to any school in Quebec, you would also need a CAQ which should be duly notified.

  1. Proof of Funds

At the time of application for your Study Permit, you have to show proof of funds. As per the present standards, you have to prove that you have enough funds to pay our tuition fees as well as take care of living expenses. The Canadian Immigration deems a student would require at least CAD 10,000 for every year of your stay. Apart from the above two, the student would also have to prove that he/she has enough funds for a return fair as well.

Please note that when filling out your application form, you have to show the proof of fees paid as well as the stipulated cost of living at CAD 10,000. If you are applying for Quebec, you require at least CAD 11,000 for every year of your stay.

  1. Passport Size Photographs

If you decide to settle for a paper-based application that is an offline application, you would need two passport-sized photographs that conform to the given standards. For an online application, you must procure a digital copy of the photograph which should not be more than 4MB.

Other requirements are standard neutral facial expression, plain background as well as no headgear (unless for religious purposes). Please note that the size of the passport photograph should be at least 35 mm x 45 mm and the passport photograph should be recent (not older than 6 months)

  1. Immigration Medical Examination (IME)

Canadian Immigration requires international students from India to undergo a compulsory Immigration Medical Examination from impaneled doctors. Students would have to book an appointment and visit the listed doctors for a medical examination, preferably a week before they start their Visa Application.

This is to give the doctor enough time to validate and upload the necessary documents. Booking an appointment in advance with the nearest facility/ practitioner as per the list of impaneled doctors is always advised.

  1. English Language Proficiency Exam Score

If you are coming from a country where English is not the official language or you didn’t study English language, you will be required to show your proficiency in the English language.

Note that it may not be mandatory to have your English proficiency certificate at the time of application, but it is advisable to get one before you start your Visa Application Process. Besides, you are required to submit your English language proficiency score to confirm your admission to the Canadian University. TOEFL, IELTS, etc. are all acceptable.

  1. Write an Essay (Or A Personal Statement)

As an international student, when you apply for a Canadian Study Visa, you would be required to submit an essay stating why you want to study in Canada and why you have chosen the particular institution. Most schools usually require this essay to access your readiness to study in their school.

In a Nutshell,

Here are simple steps to follow if you want to apply for Canada Study Visa as an international student;

  • Choose a Program
  • Choose a School (Schools)
  • Check Specific Admission Requirements
  • Get All the Required Documents Ready
  • Submit Your Application
  • Secure Your Admission Letter
  • Pay the Required Fees
  • Apply for a Student Visa (Canada Study Permit)
  • Secure Your Student Visa
  • Arrive in Canada
  • Start Your Studies