After applying to study in an accredited university or college in Canada and you’re given admission, the next thing to do is obtain your formal letter of acceptance from the institution, and then proceed to apply for your Canadian student visa and study permit.
But if your study duration or course is below six (6) months, then you wouldn’t be needing a Canadian study permit.
But sometimes it’s advisable to still apply for a study permit even if the course is less than 6 months. This is because should in case you decide to change your course (which is less than 6 months) to another course, you wouldn’t have to leave Canada. Without the Canada study permit, you will have to leave Canada back to your country to apply for another course.
Additionally, the study permit also allows you to work both on and off-campus as a student in Canada. You can see the list of best jobs for international students here.
Without any further ados, below is a step to step guide on how to apply for a Canadian study permit. You can also click here to learn how to apply for a Canadian study permit.
How To Apply For Your Canada Student Visa
Step 1. After applying for a degree in any recognized higher institution in Canada, if you get admitted, then obtain your formal letter of acceptance from the institution. If you’re studying in Quebec city then a certificate of acceptance from the government of Quebec will be given to you (aka CAQ). All the requirements can be gotten online so no sweats.
Step 2. The next thing to do is to get the Canada student visa application forms. You can get it online on the CIC website or from the Canadian visa office or Embassy in your country. Fill up the form correctly attaching the letter of acceptance to the form. Please be informed that your application will be processed faster when it’s done online through the CIC Website.
NOTE: If you’re applying online, you will be asked some questions so they will know if you’re eligible. If you’re eligible then the application form package will appear for you to fill. Ensure that all the information you input is correct and verifiable.
Step 3. After the questions online, if you’re found eligible, you will get a personal checklist code, which will be valid for 60 days. This checklist code will be used when submitting your application online. Ensure you print out the page that contains the code as well as has a soft copy of it for later referencing. The page will also contain a detailed application guide, a list of crucial documents you will need to submit, and an estimated tuition fee.
Step 4. Create a MyCIC account whenever you are ready to apply. This is where you’ll input your personal checklist code supplied to you in step 3. You’ll then receive a personal document checklist that will allow you to both upload and send all your required documents to CIC. You will be needing either a scanner or printer to do this.
Step 5. Before submitting your application, ensure that all your documents are ready and you’ve also paid all the required fees. If you are sure that everything required has been submitted, then you can go ahead to submit your application.
Step 6. This depends! Some applicants could possibly be invited for an interview in the visa office or Embassy in their country of residence.
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What Next After Applying?
You will receive a POE (Port Of Entry) Letter of introduction if your application happens to be approved. Meanwhile, international students from countries that make use of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and/or a TRV (Temporary Residence Visa) will also be issued a POE letter of introduction if required.
The eTA will be associated with your passport. Don’t forget to travel with the passport you used when you applied for your study permit. Traditionally, the eTA is valid for only five (5) years or until your passport expires – whichever of the two comes first.
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In addition to your passport, don’t also forget to go along with your proof of finances, your acceptance letter, and other documents that you’ve been advised to go along with.
The documents will be presented at the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) in Canada, where you will be given your Canadian study permit and also allow to move into Canada.
I hope to hear good news from you all. Wishing everyone reading this article the best as they apply for their Canada student visa. Don’t forget to spread the love by sharing this post to enlighten others who may also be in need of this knowledge.