Monday 19 July 2021

UniversitiesStudent Visa to Study in Canada


Through the years an increasing number of students decide to study in Canada owing to its vibrant culture, quality education, and multicultural lifestyle. Universities in Canada focus on research and development activities as well, thus, it comes as no surprise that students flock there.

To be eligible to study in Canada, however, students are required to attain a Canadian Study Permit. Here are some of the steps you need to undertake to secure a student visa.

Getting an Acceptance Letter

Once you are accepted into a Canadian educational institution, you will receive an Acceptance Letter. This letter comes in handy when making applications for a student visa.

Application for the Canadian Student Visa

Once you secure your Acceptance Letter, it is time to commence the application process for a student visa. The process occurs online, however, there are provisions made to send physical documents if you are at a dearth of internet connectivity.

Documents Required

· The complete application form along with the visa application.

· A valid Passport.

· A Letter of Acceptance from the respective university.

· The Certificate of Acceptance from the province of Quebec (If applied for Quebec).

· IELTS score sheet/ TOEFL or English proficiency test score result.

· GRE/GMAT score sheet (As per the student’s case).

· Visa processing fees — Bank Draft.

· Proof of Funds

Where to Apply

Students may deposit their application at the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC), India operated by VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Once deposited at the Visa Application Centre, the VAC staff will perform a complete check, based on IRCC requirements and will then submit the application on the student’s behalf on the following business day. Applications may also be submitted to Canadian Immigration and Citizenship by using the online application system of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s website at

What is the SDS

Under THE SDS proposal, the student has an advantage if they apply to colleges that are under the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) members. The student visa will be processed faster with a lot more positive response from the High Commission. To qualify for a Study Permit Application under SDS the student should hold an unconditional offer letter from one of the institutions that are included under this scheme and meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations. The study permit is a document issued, that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada.

Ancillary Factors

A visa interview is not mandatory, but if required the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada may ask students to attend an interview. Once the Visa Office has assessed an application, they will make a decision and affix a visa counterfoil in the passport or otherwise issue a letter explaining why a visa could not be granted to study in Canada.

Summary of the Complete Process

1. Obtain an Unconditional acceptance letter from the University/ College.

2. Paying the tuition fee for 1st year as requested by the University / College.

3. Demonstrating the proof for purchase of Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution to cover the living expenses for the first year in Canada.

4. Complete the medical examination before submitting the study permit application by visiting one of the panel physicians in India.

5. Submission of the visa application forms along with the relevant documentation.

6. Collecting the passport from the nearest Canada Visa Application Centre after the application gets processed and receive a notification to get the passport collected.

The visa application process is seamless with the services of Edwise, overseas education consultants. For assistance get in touch with us today!

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