Canada has been one of the most welcoming countries for international students in recent decades. The country is English speaking, with a high quality of education, relatively low tuition fees and research facilities on par with the best in the world. For long stay study programs, which are for more than six months, international students require a study permit to study in Canada and here is all you need to know if you are aspiring to apply:
About Study Permit:
A study permit or
Student Visa in Canada is a permit that allows international students to study and stay in Canada for a fixed period of time. The entry visa for Canada is issued with the study permit. The study permit also allows students to work for part-time jobs in Canada, for up to 20 hours a week during their studies. For the issuance of the study permit, the student must be enrolled in a DLI (Designated Learning Institute), approved by the government. For students from India, China, Philippines and Vietnam, there is an option to apply via Student Direct Stream, which is a faster process than normal, however, with greater IELTS requirements.
The duration of the study permit is as long as the study program one is enrolled in, plus 90 days. If one wants to stay in Canada once the program is over, he or she has to apply for the post-study work permit (One is not eligible for the post-study work permit (PGWP) if the program is for less than 8 months. For Programs with a duration of 8 months to 2 years, the stay back period is same as the program length under PGWP, and for a program running for more than 2 years, the PGWP would be for 3 years). The other way is to convert the permit to visitor visa once the study permit expires. The 90 days period is to apply for an extension if one wants to.
The eligibility criteria for the student permit in Canada is straightforward. The first and foremost requirement is to get accepted in a Designated Learning Institute in Canada. The second requirement for the student permit is to have enough monetary funds for the tuition fees, living expenses for yourself and for the dependent if applicable, and proof of return transportation. In some cases, the character certificate from the police and health checkup if required. One also needs to convince the visa officials that he or she will leave the country once the program expires.
How to Apply:
There are two ways to apply for the
study in Canada. Online and offline. Canadian Immigration prompts students to apply online, as it is convenient for the students, too. The first step before applying is to get the documents ready. The documents generally required are acceptance letter from a DLI, A Valid passport, and the proof of monetary funds.
Keep the documents ready, and a credit or debit card to pay the fees. Depending on your location, you might also have to submit biometrics and fees for the same. The last and most important step is to create an account for the application and follow the instructions guide to submit the application.
Depending on the location, you might need to visit the Canadian embassy to submit the biometrics (a photo and fingerprints). The processing time for the Canada Student Permit can be anywhere between two to twenty weeks. Therefore, students are advised to start the application as soon as they receive an acceptance letter.