Step By Step Guide: How To Apply For Student Visa To Canada

Canada is one of the most rated countries by international students because they have a reliable system of education. International students are expected to apply for a visa at any Canadian embassy in their home country to study in Canada. But the student will first have to apply for admission and get a letter of acceptance before the visa process. This letter will be required during visa processing along with other documentation such as a valid international passport, proof of financial support, passport photographs. Today, I will list these essential documents necessary to obtain a visa for Canadian students.

Here is a list of the documents you need to apply for a student visa from Canada. If any of the materials are incomplete, the application may be denied or rejected.

  1. Letter of acceptance: The school or college where you wish to study must apply for and receive a letter of acceptance. You’ll have to apply early, and it’s going to cost between $80 to $120.
  2. Valid International Passport or Travel Document: You must have a valid passport to re-enter the country that issued the visa.
  3. Six Passport photographs: You have to provide six passport size photographs.
  4. Proof of financial support: You will demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself for your whole Canadian stay.
  5. Completed Study Permit Application: You can access the application form here before filling out the form 6. Proof of payment in an appropriate format for the application fee.
  6. A legitimate CAQ if studying in Quebec.
  7. Explanatory letter

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The step-by-step procedures for obtaining a Canadian student visa, presented by the trained WSF team in the content below. We urge you to take the steps and get the best information for the process.

Step One (1): Apply for admission to a Canadian University/College: First and foremost to study in Canada, you should obtain approval from an accredited educational institution in Canada for entry. Various institutions in Canada offer their students a vast array of programs and facilities. The best way to find the right education provider is to research Canada’s best universities/colleges, providing related courses, and shortlisting some of them.

Following this process, look through the shortlisted college’s website and pick the best one for international students in terms of quality of education, rating, program structure, program fees, and other amenities.

Then complete the application requirement to the institution of your choice after the process described above. Few documents will be required for submission on the process of applying for admission. This includes proof of your previous academic certificate, a copy of your passport, and evidence of proficiency in English. And then wait for your letter of offer to be issued.

Step Two (2): Pay Tuition Fee: You should pay the tuition fee, as stated in the letter of the offer after accepting your letter of offer from your educational institution. This payment is made via International Wire Transfer.

The University/College will send a receipt to you as soon as the institution collects the invoice and processes the tuition fee payment.

A receipt of payment will be required to submit your application for a student visa for Canada.

Step three (3): Purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC): The purchase of a Special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from any of the qualified banks such as SBI Canada Bank, Nova Scotia Bank, ICICI Bank, CIBC Bank is essential for students. For the total amount of ten thousand two hundred dollars ($10,200) CAD for the adjustment of the first year’s living expenses.

Approximately US$ 200 ($200) will be deducted as the bank’s administrative fees (this fee depends on the bank). Immediately upon arrival in Canada, the applicant earns two thousand U.S. dollars ($2000). Subsequently, in twelve (12) equivalent installments, eight thousand U.S. dollars ($8000) will be paid to the students as monthly living expenses.

Step Four (4): Perform medical tests: The applicant will be required by a doctor approved by the Canadian government to give a medical examination. A medical test receipt will be given to you, which will be required when applying for a visa. The medical report will be sent to the visa office automatically.

Step Five (5): Visa Lodgment: You will be required to submit the following documents as per the SDS checklist to submit your visa application:

  • Visa application form
  • Original passport with a photocopy of the biodata page
  • family details form
  • Admission Letter / Acceptance Letter issued by the SDS Educational Institute in Canada
  • Use of Representative Form (IMM 5476)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Academic Documents
  • Tuition fee Payment Receipt
  • Confirmation of GIC acquisition
  • Student Questionnaire
  • Medical receipts/certificates, etc.

Step six (6): Visa Outcome: Once you have obtained the passport, you will have to know the outcome of your application for a Canadian student visa.

When your application for a Canadian student visa has been accepted, you will receive a letter of introduction from the Port of Entry (POE). Whereas, if necessary, these will be given to students from countries requiring an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or temporary residence visa.

Your passport will be connected to the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Traveling with the same passport that was used in obtaining your study permit is essential. The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), whichever comes first, will be valid for five (5) years or until your passport expires.

Evidence of your assets and your letter of approval (and any other documentation you have been approved to receive) should be sent to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) along with your passport. Your Canadian study permit will then be issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to allow you access to Canada.

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