Are you looking forward to studying in Canada for your higher studies? If yes, you’ve come to the right destination. We at Canadian Study Center specialize in assisting students from Nepal to get admission to colleges and universities in Canada. Since its establishment, we have assisted hundreds of students in fulfilling their dream to study in Canada. In this blog, we will be guiding you in understanding the basics of obtaining a study permit in Canada.
What is a Study Permit?
So, what actually is a study permit for Canada? In simple words, a study permit is a document that needs to be obtained by international students wishing to study at a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) in Canada. However, a study permit should not be confused with a student visa. A student visa allows you to live and study in Canada, while a study permit allows you to study in Canada. You should apply for the study permit before your travel to Canada.
How long can you stay in Canada with a Study Permit
The validity or length of the study permit is usually equal to the length of your study program plus an extra 90 days. These extra 90 days are provided to the international students so that they can prepare to leave Canada after the completion of their studies or prepare for extending their stay in Canada.
However, the answer for how long you can stay in Canada with a study permit depends on various circumstances. Here, we will explain each of them:
If you’re taking a prerequisite course
Some schools or programs require you to take a prerequisite course before you start your intended program. In this case, the length of the study permit will be equivalent to the length of the prerequisite course plus one year. Then, you’ll need to apply for extending your study permit when you get accepted for the main/intended program.
If your studies are expected to finish after your study permit expires
In some cases, students are not able to complete their studies within their study permit time frame. So, in this case, students will have to apply for an extension of their study permit. You’ll have to stop studying and leave Canada
If you finish your studies before your study permit expires
If a student completes his/her studies before his/her study permit expires, his/her study permit will stop being valid 90 days after they complete their studies, regardless of the validity date printed on the study permit. The study completion date will be with reference to the date his/her school first notifies you by completion letter, transcript, degree, or diploma.
Standard Eligibility Criteria For a Study Permit in Canada
International students need to fulfil certain criteria in order to be eligible to apply for a study permit. Here are some of the primary criteria:
- The international student needs to be enrolled at a designated learning institute in Canada.
- The international student should provide proof of financial evidence to be able to:
- Pay for their tuition fees
- Support the living expenses for themselves and any of their family members who come with them to Canada and
- Support return transportation for their selves and their family members who come to Canada with them.
- The international student will need to confirm to obey the law, have no criminal record, and get a police certificate (if required)
- The international student should be in a good health and get a medical exam (if required)
- The international student should prove to an officer that they will leave Canada when their study permit expires.
Applying For Study Permit
The very important part of applying for a study permit is getting the documents ready. You’ll need to make sure that you have all the required documents. Below are the details of the documents required while applying for a study permit.
Proof of Acceptance
You can apply for a study permit once you receive the letter of acceptance from your college/university. While applying for a study permit, you’ll have to include the original or electronic copy of your letter with your study permit application.
Proof of Identity
International students along with the family members coming along with them, if any, should present their valid passport or travel document as proof of identity. If you are applying online, you’ll need to upload a copy of the information page of your passport. You’ll have to send the original passport if your student permit is approved. If you’re approved, you must then send us your original passport.
Along with the proof of identity, students will also have to submit their two recent passport-size photos. The name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo.
Proof of Financial Support
While applying for a study permit, students should provide proof of financial support that they will be able to support themselves and their family members in Canada. Following are the documents that will prove your financial sufficiency:
- proof of a Canadian bank account in your name, if you’ve transferred money to Canada
- Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
- proof of a student or education loan from a bank
- your bank statements for the past 4 months
- a bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
- proof you paid tuition and housing fees
- a letter from the person or school giving you money or
- proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program
Next Steps After Applying
The process of applying for a study permit does not end with submitting these documents. Here are the next few steps that need to be followed after applying for a Canada study permit.
Fingerprints and Photo (Biometrics)
You’ll need to give your biometrics to your local visa application center.
Processing of Study Permit Application
In this step, the Canada Immigration Department will check your application to make sure you have all the necessary documents. If it’s incomplete, the department may return your application without processing it or request the missing documents.
You may also need to get a:
- medical exam (if required)
- police certificate (if required)
Updating your application
The applicants will require to update their application if they move or change their address, telephone number, or any other contact information after they apply.
If your application gets approved,
You’ll get your study permit at the port of entry when you arrive in Canada, or mailed to you, if you’re already in Canada
If you applied for your study permit from outside Canada
The Department of Immigration (DOI) will send you a port of entry letter of introduction that says you’re allowed to study in Canada. This letter is not your study permit.
You need to bring this letter with you and show it to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada. The DOI will also send you an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada.
Why Study in Canada
Most of the international students choose to study in Canada because of the presence of top-class colleges and universities at affordable fee structures. Since there are hundreds of colleges and universities, you can choose anyone that fits your budget and subject of interest. Also, if you are looking for scholarship opportunities, Canada is the best option for you. Colleges and universities in Canada offer various scholarship programs for international students. These scholarship programs provided to international students in the form of non-repayable financial rewards. They are granted to students with outstanding academic achievement. Also, Canada is considered to be one of the safest destinations in the world for international students.
Canadian Study Center
If you are planning to pursue your higher education in Canada from Nepal, do contact Canadian Study Center. If you have any other queries regarding study and work in Canada, please feel free to schedule a consultation meeting with us. We’ll definitely guide you in the right direction. sOur services include visa counseling, application processing, test preparation classes, documentation guide, and pre-departure orientation session. We will also assist you in finding a 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.