All You Need To Know About Canada’s Study Permit
Keep reading this article to know more about the process of going to Canada to study and how to obtain a study permit for Canadian studies.
The Study Permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) that allows foreign students to come to Canada to study at Designated Learning Institutions (DLI). Mostly, foreign citizens require a study permit to study in Canada.
Note:- The study permit issued to you is not a visa. It won’t let you enter Canada. In most cases, you’ll need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTa)(DLI). separately. When your study permit is approved, you’ll be issued either a Visitor Visa or ETA as well.
Who can apply for a Study Permit?
- Took admission in a DLI
- Have sufficient money to pay for tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation
- Have no past criminal record and have apolice certificate (DLI)to prove it
- Are perfectly healthy and have a medical certificateto prove it
- Convince an officer that you’ll leave Canada after the expiry of your study permit.
Note:- If you live in Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam, Morocco, or Senegal, you can get your study permit quickly by applying through the Student Direct Stream (SDS).
What documents will you need?
You’ll need the following documents for applying for the Canadian Study Permit-
- Evidence of AcceptanceYou must have a letter of acceptance issued by your school/college/university. You can provide either the original document or a photocopy of it with your application. When you’re provided conditional acceptance, you should take the necessary courses first. In such cases, a study permit is issued following the duration of the course plus one year. You’ll have to apply for a fresh study permit to increase your stay in Canada when you’ll get admitted into your primary program.
- Evidence of Financial SupportYou’ll have to prove that you’ve sufficient funds to support your stay in Canada. For that, you can provide
- Evidence of a bank account in Canada in your name (if you have shifted funds to Canada)
- Bank statements for the last 4 months
- Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) issued by a Canadian Financial Institution
- Confirmation of education or student loan taken from a bank
- A letter from the individual/school providing you money
Evidence you’ve paid tuition and housing fees
- A bank draft that can be changed to Canadian Dollars
- Evidence of funds paid from inside Canada itself, if you get a paying scholarship or are admitted to an educational program funded by the Canadian government.
|The person going to Canada
|Funds needed yearly (additional to tuition fees) in Canadian Dollars
|1st family member
|Every additional family member accompanying the student
Minimum Funds required as a student and family members accompanying him in Quebec for an entire year-
|No. of Family Members
|Required Funds in Canadian Dollars
- Evidence of IdentityYou need to have a valid passport/travel document and 2 passport size recent photos with name and date of birth written explicitly on the back of photographs. If any family member is accompanying you, he will also need to show identity proof.
- A Certificat D’acceptation du Québec (CAQ)In case you’re planning to come to Québec, you’ll need a CAQ provided by the Gouvernement du Quebec.
If Ministere de I’Immigration, de la Francisation et de I'Intégration (MIFI) has accepted your application for CAQ, but you haven’t got the CAQ, simply apply for a study permit attaching the acceptance letter you got from MIFI. You shouldn’t wait to apply for your application.
- Letter of ClarificationYou should explain your reason to study in Canada and mention clearly that you’re aware of your responsibilities being a student. This letter will help the visa officer in assessing you and your goals.
- Custodian DeclarationIn case the minor applicant needs a custodian, the Custodianship Declaration Form along with the application should be included. There are two pages in this form that need to be certified by a notary and the Custodian living in Canada need to sign the foremost page along with the signature of parent/legal guardian of minor in the home country on the last page.
- More DocumentsYou might also need to submit additional documents depending on the situation.