Canada has been investing heavily in the different sectors of the economy and one of the sectors which have seen the largest infrastructural change in the educational sector.
Over 3 million students have enrolled for a program in Canada between 2016-2020 and this numbers increases by 20% as the year goes by.
This is major because Canada provides opportunities for foreign students and professionals to access high-quality academic programs and for this to be achieved, it is mandatory to obtain a Canadian student visa.
The steps and requirements you must meet to obtain a student visa in Canada and start your journey to professional success would be intensively discussed below.
Pre-requisite To Applying for A Student Visa
Applying for a student visa in Canada and most foreign countries attracts only a 6 months visa. This means whatever course you desire to study must be completed in 6 months, be it an English program, a vocational or university training.
Your background check should show that the university or educational institution is a “designated learning institution” (educational institutions accredited by the Canadian government) and payment of school fees should not be done until you are assured that your visa is approved.
Moreover, you must complete the visa application process well in advance. We recommend starting it 4 months before traveling to Canada so as not to waste time and resources.
Please note that when applying for the Canadian visa, they will require the official number of the Designated Learning Institution (DLI), as well as a letter of acceptance from the institution. Another pre-requisite that must be known is the date the institution would be resuming for your intended course of study. This is important because most institution would not change their schedule because of just a few sets of students.
Requirements for a student visa
The requirements that you must meet to obtain a student visa in Canada are listed below:
- Enrollment in an accredited educational institution.
- Proof of funds that can cater to your living expenses during the first year of stay in the country. *Very Important
- Statement of accounts from 2 sponsors
- Approximately you must have CAD 833 per month of visa for that year of stay.
- Acceptance letter from the institution where you are going to take the course, confirming enrollment.
- Two (3) recent passport photos.
- Payment of the processing fee CAD 150
In the case of an extension whether to finish your course or to continue staying in Canada, You can request an extension and it is advisable to submit a request for an extension of the permit as soon as possible. If you do not apply on time, you will have to abandon the course and leave the country.
If you finish your course or program before your permit expires, the permit will cease to be valid 90 days after completing your studies, no matter what day the permit was issued.
You must present proof with the date on which the educational institution or university notifies that you have obtained the title, diploma, or certificate.
Access Your Student Visa Can Give To You
During this 6 months period, It is totally allowed to leave Canada to your country of origin, while you are studying or during the vacation period. On return to Canada, you must show proof that you are enrolled in a study program and also your Covid 19 test results. You however have to quarantine for 2 weeks if you have not been vaccinated.
Once you are issued your student permit, you are eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit.
While you are in classes, you will have permission to work for 20 hours a week and when you are on vacation periods you will be able to work for 40 hours a week.
To access this alternative, you must be enrolled in vocational or university programs in Canada. If you plan to take an English course, you will not be allowed to work.
How To Apply For Permanent Residence in the Country
Although to access a permanent residence in Canada you must meet various requirements, the reality is that many people manage to obtain it.
Some keys to this are to complete a program that allows you to access a Post Graduation Work Permit and thus comply with the required work time. Make sure your records are clean throughout your period of stay
With the skills acquired from the unlimited list of professional courses in Canada, the work experience, and language ability (English and French), foreign students and professionals become excellent candidates for permanence in Canada.