So, got admission to your dream college/university in Canada? Congratulation! Now, you next step to study in Canada is to obtain a study permit for Canada. A Canadian student visa allows you to live in Canada as an international student, whereas a Canada study permit allows international students to study and work in Canada. Since the study permit is provided to international students on their arrival to Canada. So, after your application has been accepted by a college/university in Canada, the first step will be to apply for a Temporary Student Visa. This visa is provided by the Canadian High Commission and facilitated by the Visa Application Centers.
Do go through the application for a study permit checklist before sending you Canada study permit application. You might also be required to submit a letter of explanation for Canada study permit.
Here we will guide you on the following steps to get your study permit for Canada:
- Process for Obtaining a Study Permit
- Documents Required for Applying a Study Permit
- Applying for Study Permit
About the Process – What is a Study Permit
As mentioned earlier, a Canada study permit is a document that allows international students to study and work in Canada. You need to apply for a study permit before you leave for Canada. So, before applying for a study permit, make sure that you have all the required documents.
How long can you stay in Canada with a Study Permit
The time frame for your study permit will usually be equivalent to the length of your study program, plus extra 90 days. For example, if your course is for three years, your study permit will be of three years and three months. The extra 90 days is provided so that you can prepare to leave Canada or process for extending your stay in Canada.
However, the length of study permit also depends on various situations, such as:
If you’re taking prerequisite courses
In some cases, your college/university might demand you to take some courses before they accept you into your desired course/program. In this case, your study permit will be equivalent to the time length of the course plus one year. After finishing the course, you’ll be accepted for the desired course/program. Then you can apply for extending your study permit.
If you’ll finish your studies after your study permit expires
If you are unable to finish your course/program within the time frame of your study permit, you’ll be required to extend your study permit. If you fail to extend your study permit, you’ll need to stop your studies and leave Canada.
If you finish your studies before your study permit expires
In some cases, you’ll be able to complete your studies before your study permit expires. In this case, your permit will be valid for 90 days after your studies have been completed, regardless of the date mentioned on your study permit.
Your date of study completion will be mentioned on the completion letter, transcript, degree or diploma provided by your college/university.
Can you Go Back Home While Studying
Yes, you can go back home while studying in Canada. if you are leaving Canada while your studies are going on, you’ll be required to show the proof of your enrolment in a college/university in Canada while you return to Canada. If you have a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA), it must still be valid when you return to Canada
Get the Right Documents for Study Permit
You need to submit various documents while applying for your study permit. Here we’ll guide you on the documents required while applying for a Canada study permit.
Proof of Acceptance
The Letter of Acceptance provided by your college/university is a prerequisite for applying for a study permit in Canada. Thus, while applying for a study permit, you’ll need to include the original or electronic copy of your college/university acceptance letter along with your study permit application.
Conditional Acceptance and Prerequisite Courses
If you need to take a prerequisite Course before can start your main course of study, you’’ll be provided with conditional acceptance. In conditional acceptance, the study permit will be equivalent to the length of your prerequisite course plus one year. You’ll need to apply for actual study permit after you complete this prerequisite course.
Proof of Identity
While applying for a study permit for Canada, you’ll need to provide a proof of identity. If your family is traveling with you, they’ll also be required to provide their proof of identity. The documents to demonstrate your proof of identity includes:
A Valid Passport or Travel Document
If you are applying online, you’ll need to upload a copy of the information page of your passport.
Two(2) Recent Passport-size Photos
Along with a valid passport or travel document, you’ll need to upload two recent passport-size photos. If you are submitting your application offline, you need to write your name and date of birth at the back of each photo.
Proof of Financial Support
The Government of Canada also demands you the proof of financial support which proves that you’ll be able to support yourself, and the family members who come with you, during your stay in Canada. Here are the documents that will provide your proof of financial support:
- If you’ve transferred to Canada, you need to provide the proof of having a Canadian bank account in your name
- Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
- Proof of obtaining a student or education loan from a bank
- bank statements for the past 4 months
- a bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
- proof of payment of tuition and housing fees
- if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program, you’ll need to provide a letter from the person or school giving you money or proof of funding paid from within Canada.
You might also be required to submit the following documents:
Letter of Explanation
In some cases, the international students might be required to submit a letter of application while applying for a study permit. The letter of explanation allows you to explain your goals to the visa officers. The letter of explanation should include information on why you want to study in Canada and that you understand your responsibilities as a student
This letter is required if you decide to apply for a study permit, even if you don’t have to get a study permit for your program.
Certificat d’acceptation du Québec
If you want to study in a college/university in Quebec, you’ll need a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the Gouvernement du Québec. The details regarding the application for Certificat d’acceptation du Québec will be provided by your college/university.
Who Can Apply for Study Permit?
Unlike a Canadian Visa that can be applied by anyone who are eligible for application, a study permit is something that is applicable only for international students who are willing to study in Canada. This document allows international students to study and work in Canada. The study permit will also help you get work permit in Canada. So, in summary, any foreign students who are willing to study in Canada and have obtained acceptance letter from the college/university can apply for study permit.
Having fulfilled the following criteria will make you eligible for applying for Canada study permit:
- You should be enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada
- You should provide financial evidence stating that you can cover your
- tuition fees
- living expenses for yourself andany family members who come with you to Canada and
- return transportation for yourself andany family members who come with you to Canada
- You should assure that obey the law, have no criminal record and get a police certificate (if required)
- You should be in good health and get a medical exam (if required)
- You should prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires.
People Who Don’t Need a Permit to Study in Canada
Even though all the foreign nationals willing to study in Canada require a study permit, there are some cases in which foreign nationals don’t need a permit to study in Canada.
Here are some of the cases in which a foreign national won’t require a study permit:
International Students Applying for Short-term Studies
International students applying for programs or courses which lasts for six months or less. The students must assure that they’ll complete all their studies within the time we approved you to stay in Canada. The time period is usually 6 months after the students enter Canada.
However, if you are taking a prerequisite course that is less than six months, you’ll have to get a study permit. But, you’ll have to take a study permit after completing your prerequisite course and before starting your main course.
Family or Staff of Foreign Representatives
If you are a family or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada that has been accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), then you may not require a study permit. Your embassy can contact GAC to find out if you need one.
Members of Foreign Armed Forces
The member of a foreign armed force on official duties in Canada don’t need a study permit. But, if your family members, including minor children, want to study in Canada, they will need one.
Registered Indians in Canada
If you are a citizen of another country but have a registered Indian Status in Canada, you won’t need a study permit to study in Canada.
Minor children in Canada
In the following cases, minor children in Canada won’t require a study permit:
- If they’re in kindergarten
- If they’re refugees or refugee claimants
- If their parents are refugees or refugee claimants or
- If they’re in pre-school, primary or secondary school, and they’re already in Canada with a parent who has a work or study permit
Why Get a Study Permit if you don’t Need One?
Some international students might want to get a study permit even if they don’t need one. It will be good to have a study permit in these cases:
You may be able to continue studying
If you have a study permit and want to extend your study by few more months, you can continue studying in Canada while your permit is valid. You can continue your studies if your study permit expires while your application for an extension is under process.
But, if you’re taking prerequisite classes required for a longer study program, you may not need a study permit for your prerequisite classes, but you may need one for your full study program. You may not be able to start your longer study program, depending on whether or not your study permit is processed in time.
You may be able to work on-campus or off-campus
Having a study permit will allow you work on-campus or off-campus. If so, your study permit will include a condition that says you’re allowed to work while studying.
If you want to apply for study permit in Canada even if you don’t need one, you’ll need to submit a letter explaining why you want one with your application.
How to Apply for Study Permit?
International students need to apply for study permit before moving to Canada for their studies. In some cases, you can apply when you arrive in Canada at the port of entry. We at Canadian Study Center will help you understand which option is available to you. We will also provide you with a document checklist for study permit application so that you won’t miss any documents.
We recommend you to send online application for your study permit. Here are some of the benefits of applying online:
- You won’t need to pay courier fees and the application will be delivered instantly.
- Your study permit Canada processing time will be decreased.
- It helps you make sure your application is complete before you submit it.
- You can quickly submit more documents online (if we ask you to).
- You get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.
Please feel free to contact Canadian Study Center if you want to study in Canada from Nepal. Our expert counselors will guide you through the requirements to study in Canada from Nepal along with assistance for application of study permit in Canada. Not only this, we will also help you choose the best university in Canada for you depending on your program of interest and budget. Our services include visa counseling, application processing, test preparation classes, documentation guide and pre departure orientation session. We will also assist you in finding the suitable province in Canada as per your program, interest and attachments. We provide specialized visa counseling services for students willing to study in Canada from Nepal.
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