Study in Canada: Study permit, Requirements and Costs
Canadian Study Permit (student visa) 2022
Statistically, the approval rate for applications submitted in the past few months has been considerably increasing. Over the years, entering Canada for educational reasons has been at the top of the list, concerning the number of approved applications. It can be good news for anyone who dreams of studying in Canada and wants to apply for a study permit.
In the following video, certified immigration consultant Mr. Hashempour has investigated the cases in which study permit applications were approved over the past 5 years. He has described these cases’ data comprehensively using easy-to-understand graphs. Don’t miss out!
Study permit application process
Let’s look at the process of applying for a Canadian study permit.
Step one: Getting an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institute
Step two: Apply for CAQ (Certificat d’acceptation du Québec) [only if your institute is in Quebec]
Step three: Sign up and download the required forms
Step four: Complete the forms and upload your documents
Step five: Give your biometrics at a VAC (Visa Application Center) [If applicable]
Step six: Provide any additional documents [If applicable]
Step seven: If your application is approved, provide the embassy with your passport to finalize the process
Step eight: Receive your POE (Port of Entry) letter and prepare for your upcoming trip to Canada. Don’t forget to finalize your university admission as well.
Step nine: Welcome to Canada!
Required documents for a Canadian study permit
You need the following documents:
- Acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institute
- Proof of means of financial support
- Study plan (where you explain your goals and ties)
- Submission letter
Depending on your situation, you might also need:
- CAQ (Certificat d’acceptation du Québec)
- A custodian declaration (minor students only)
- Other supporting documents
Before preparation keep in mind that:
- Providing the right documents is crucial since all submitted documents will be available and filed in the IRCC.
- Do not submit fake or forged documents. Even if your application gets approved, you’ll always be at risk of being deported.
- If you aim to work after completion of your studies in Canada and eventually submit a PR application, you must strategize your moves and have a long-term plan. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why applicants seek help from an immigration lawyer.
Checklist for study permit application
Here is a checklist that helps you better prepare your documents. Please note that this checklist is subject to change according to your situation.
You must receive an acceptance letter from a designated learning institute. This letter must be included in your study permit application. Designated learning institutes are approved and authorized by the Canadian Government to accept international students.
Conditional acceptance letter
Receiving a conditional acceptance letter means that you are offered a seat in the program only if you meet one or more specified conditions. If you are able to convince the officer that you have met or will meet the required condition(s), your study permit process won’t face any problems.
If your conditional acceptance letter requires a prerequisite course, the exact outline of the course offered at the university of destination must be declared. In this case, it means that you are to enroll in a prerequisite course, e. g. English or French courses for academic purposes. You must pass these courses before starting your main program and the duration of your visa issued by IRCC would be the duration of your prerequisite course(s) plus one year. After passing the prerequisite course(s) and starting your program, you must apply for an extension of your visa and modify your study permit.
When applying for a study permit, you and each family member accompanying you must present the following documents:
- Valid Passport: Those who are applying online must include a digital scan of their passport in their application. If approved, you must provide the embassy with your original passport up to 30 days from the day you receive a corresponding letter.
- Digital photo: if you are applying online, you must upload a digital photo when submitting your application. If your application is paper-based, your name and birth date must be written on the backside of each photo. Your photograph must meet the following specified requirements:
- The photographs must not be altered in any way. Don’t edit your photo. Your appearance has nothing to do with the result of your application.
- You should keep your face square and neutral, neither frowning nor smiling and keep your mouth closed.
- Don’t use too much make-up.
- As long as your eyes are clearly visible, you may wear non-tinted prescription glasses. Ensure that the frame does not cover any part of your eyes.
- Make sure your full facial features are not obscured by a head covering if you must wear one for religious reasons.
- Frame size must be 35 mm x 45 mm. The head size must be between 31 mm and 36 mm from chin to crown.
Proof of means of financial support
First | you must prove that you are able to cover your expenses
The applicant must prove that he is able to fully support himself for the first year of his studies. For example, if your tuition fees are CA$15,000 per year, you must provide proof that you can fully cover this amount plus living expenses for a year. You can do this by providing a bank statement for the past four months. It must be either from your bank or your supporter’s bank. This document is mandatory as the inability in providing this document will result in the rejection of your application.
Second | you must prove that you have a stable and suitable financial status
In other words, you must demonstrate your ability to handle your and your companions’ expenses.
- Letter of previous employment: your current job and salary must be stated in a letter signed and sealed by your current employer.
- Any documents that indicate your source of income: If you own a company, you must provide the registration documents regarding your business. If you are employed, you must present your employment record. If you are self-employed or an entrepreneur, you must provide work contracts with your clients.
- Title deeds of real estate properties in your name or your spouse’s name.
- Bank statement for the past 4 months or more.
- Proof of tuition fees payment. Also, if you have already rented a house in Canada, you must provide your lease.
- Proof of available fund, if you have been granted a fund or a scholarship.
- Canadian bank account information (If you have transferred money to Canada)
A study plan helps the officer have a better understanding of your goals and your reasons for studying in Canada. A study plan must answer the following queries:
- Why did you choose Canada for your education?
- Why did you choose the program you have been accepted to?
- What are your overall educational and career goals?
- After graduation, what plans do you have in place?
- Do you accept your responsibilities as an international student?
It is in your best interest to have an immigration lawyer on your side. IRCC allows you to include a submission letter in your application. In this letter, your immigration lawyer will lawfully defend your applications on your behalf.
Although having an immigration lawyer does not grant you any privileges, it is a known fact that having a lawyer will be beneficial for the applicant. Your lawyer’s experience, knowledge, and expertise are undoubtedly deciding factors in your application.
If you are planning to begin your studies in Quebec, Canada, you will need an acceptance letter from Quebec province. This letter is called “Certificat d’acceptation du Québec” or CAQ. If your request for a CAQ is approved, but you are yet to receive the CAQ letter, you can start your study permit process using the initial corresponding letter of your CAQ request.
You don’t need to wait for the original CAQ to start your study permit process. Quebec immigration department will automatically send a copy of your CAQ to IRCC.
If you want to defer your studies, there is usually no need to resubmit a CAQ request. We recommend paying close attention to the instructions stated in your CAQ letter. All the rules and procedures regarding your CAQ are stated in the letter.
Having a language proficiency test certificate is mandatory for some countries, e. g. India. Fortunately, this is not the case for everyone, and obtaining a study permit is possible without a language proficiency test certificate.
If your university/college admission requires a language proficiency test certificate, all standardized tests, like IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo, CAEL, and CELPIP, are acceptable. However, it is always best to refer to your university’s admission requirements webpage for more information.
Even though being approved for a study permit without a language proficiency test certificate is possible, we strongly recommend getting one in your home county. Having good language skills can also help you financially since you will have a higher chance of employment along with better self-confidence to blend in with society. Our team, at Visa Mondial, has always recommended that our clients improve their language skills (either English or French) best they can in their home country.
Canadian Student Visa for minors
If you are planning your child’s future education in Canada, you are probably getting ready to apply for a study permit with his/her approved admission in hand.
If your child is in elementary school, one of the parents must accompany him. If the child is under 10, this is the case. Sometimes a visa issued in these circumstances is referred to as a Guardian Visa.
For children younger than 17, one of the parents must accompany the minor to Canada. If you cannot travel with your child, you need to give custody of your child to someone in Canada.
Your minor child needs a guardian to look after him while in Canada. If the child’s guardian is someone other than his parents, he will be referred to as a Custodian. Your child’s custodian must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, sign the Custodianship Declaration form, and be in touch with the child’s school. Your child’s custodian is responsible for taking care of your child and supporting him. Know the responsibilities of a custodian.
Certainly, neither you nor your family like to be alone when you are in Canada. Fortunately, the government of Canada is understanding of this issue. You can request a visa for accompanying family members (your children or spouse) along with your study permit application. The good news is that your spouse can work full-time for the duration of your studies in Canada. Your child can also benefit from the Canadian education system and go to school all for free.
That raises the question: “is it better to go alone or take a family member with you?” Our expert immigration consultant has your answer.
The answer to this question is situational and depends on your situation and application. Applying with your spouse can help one application while harming another. Our experts at Visa Mondial, have created efficient models by analyzing the results from successful submissions of countless applications. We use these models to increase applicants’ chances of approval. We use sophisticated algorithms developed from authentic results.
Study permit processing time
The processing time of a submitted application is one of the main concerns of every applicant. This subject is one of the top 3 concerns of our clients. Everyone wants the best results in the shortest amount of time. In fact, it would be strange not to have this expectation.
How to check your application’s processing time
After clicking on the link above, you will be asked to answer some questions. Answer the questions according to your application and click on the Get Processing Time button. The average processing time of your application will be displayed on the screen. Please note that the result of your application might take longer to get ready, or it might be available faster. This time is the estimated average time. It is not possible to know the exact processing time of your application.
Study permit application fees
|Study permit application fee per applicant||CA$150|
|Open work permit for accompanying family member of the student||CA$255|
|Visitor visa for accompanying family member of the student||CA$100|
|Guardian visa for accompanying parent of a minor student||CA$100|
|Biometric fee per person||CA$85|
Study permit results | rejection or approval
After biometric appointment
Details of your biometrics will be available in your or your lawyer’s IRCC account and will be displayed on the study permit application page.
Result of your application
After weeks of dreading the results, you finally receive a corresponding letter.
Your study permit application has been approved by IRCC. Now it’s time to provide the embassy with your original passport to finalize the process. You can do this by sending your original passport to a VAC using Visa Pick-up Services. You will receive a POE letter after receiving your visa. Now it is time to travel to Canada. But before that, we recommend that you become familiar with the rules and regulations of traveling to Canada.
What if your application gets rejected?
Well, the world has not come to an end, and it is not the end of your journey either. You should carefully look for reasons for your rejection. Now it’s time to know about your solutions.
POE (Port of Entry) letter will be available in your IRCC account after your application is approved and your visa is issued. With this letter in hand, you can receive your study permit after arriving in Canada.
On your POE letter, you can find your study permit validity which is the date by which you should arrive in Canada and receive your study permit. Otherwise, you should submit another application. This date cannot be extended.
Changing university or college after receiving your study permit
You can change universities after getting your study permit. You can switch from university A to College B or university C. In other words, there are no limitations.
Having ties to your home country and your family means that you have a reason to return to your home country after graduating from university/college.
Now that you know what role your ties play in your application, it is time to introduce the Balance of Ties concept to you.
Put your ties to your family, home country, assets in your home country, etc., on one side of a scale and put your tendency to seek refuge or apply for a permanent residency in Canada on the other side. You must prove to the officer that the former is heavier.
Who is the officer?
Visa officers at the Canadian embassy or the IRCC office in Ottawa are the judge of your study permit application. They are employed by the Canadian government with an average salary and are usually of the middle-class portion of society. Most of them have post-secondary educations. Their original nationality varies but they are all Canadian citizens.
With countless applications being submitted to IRCC every day, it is clear that these officers are very busy. Reliable sources have informed our immigration consultants that it only takes a few minutes to process an application at IRCC.
Study permit and Covid-19
International students who have received their student visa and are admitted into a designated learning institute, where a Covid-19 readiness plan is in place, can travel to Canada. Also, students can attend their courses online without worrying about their Post-Graduation Work Permit. For more information, visit our “Latest news for international students affected by Covid-19” webpage.