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Canada Student Visa Guide: Study Permit, Fees, Application Process


Evolved from humble beginnings of four provinces, Canada is now a diverse, multicultural democracy of ten provinces and three territories earning its place as a world leader in all fields, on earth and in space.

Canada is one of the wealthiest nations having the tenth largest economy in the world. Canada is a country having one of the highest levels of economic freedom in the world and is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Group of Eight (G8).

Study In Canada

Beside Australia, Czech Republic, USA and UK, Canada is one of the best places in the world to live in a safe environment for students and comparatively inexpensive. Cost of studying in Canada for International students is comparatively lesser in Canada than its counterparts in competing countries without compromising on the quality of education.

Co-op or internship programs are designed to give you more hands-on learning and industry/job ready.

Many Canadian colleges and universities offer work placement programs, specially designed to provide the real-world industry experience. For students to make money for each upcoming school semester, Co-op or internship programs are an excellent option. This will also act as a bolster in your resume with work experience and invaluable business contacts.

How much it will cost to Study In Canada?

Tuition Fees – Diploma Programs: $10,000 to $15,000 CAD per year

Bachelor Degree: A$ 14,000 to 20,000$ CAD a year (courses in Business, arts, designs tend to be around 14,000$ and courses in science, Engineering, IT tend to be 18000$ or higher)

Postgraduate & Masters: Degree Courses : 15,000$ - 28,000$ per year. (Business, arts, designs programs tend to be around 15,000$ - 20,000$ and courses in science, Engineering, IT tend to be higher) 

You can find more information on other expenses

Application Process for Study Visa in Canada

Application - As per institute guidelines, students must fulfill Study in Canada requirements in order to confirm admission in the applied institute.  In order to obtain a Canada study Visa, they must submit their academic and work experience documents.  If the student meets all the guidelines, the institute issues an offer letter to the student.

All institutes have different application process time frame. However, the average process time is 1-4 weeks. In the case of Research applications and master’s degree, the process time is longer. If you live in Delhi, canada education consultants in delhi will help you to apply for the visa easily.

Visa - The process time for most of the complete applications for Visa Application outcome is 4-8 weeks. The Local Embassy / High commission can interview the student for further clarifications on visa file. Students are also expected to follow the prescribed checklist for submitting documents for visa for assessment.

Student Partner Program (SPP) process for foreign study visa filing for Indian students is also offered by Canada, a selected group of institutes have been identified under this system. A more streamlined process is being allowed by SPP with lesser documents for submission as compared to non SPP Canada study visa process. Only a prescribed checklist needs to be followed by the Visa applications under SPP.

Student Accommodation in Canada

On-campus housing ranging from shared condominiums to dormitory-style housing is offered by many institutes. A meal plan or other utilities such as a phone and internet connection may not be included in the cost. The kitchen is available in some dorms for you to cook for yourself. Usually, dormitories have common rooms where students can get together to watch television, play games, or simply be with friends.

Mostly, one or more roommates share rooms in dormitories. Usually, dormitory rooms do not have a personal bath or toilet. Instead, residents share large "community" bathrooms, which are separate for men and women. If you happen to be resident of Delhi, consult your canada education consultants in Delhi today.
Average cost of residence/dormitory rooms: $3,000 - $7,500 CDN per school year
Homestays :International students are welcomed by many Canadian families which can also effectively help you to improve your English or French, to learn about daily life in Canada, and to meet new, friendly people.

A homestay basically consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while the student attends the classes. Meals and a private, furnished room are provided in the home, and the host family welcomes and encourages participation in family and community activities. 

Renting :Students are open to the option of renting. In this, the price, quality, and availability vary greatly. The major cities have high rents, and places are also not always available. Sharing accommodation is an option for many students to keep costs down. Students usually find places to meet their needs and preferences.

An off-campus housing service is offered by many schools which can provide affordable listings that are near the campus. Rented accommodations usually have a kitchen, toilet, bath and one or two bedrooms. Furniture or meals are not included in most of the apartments. However, some include the cost of heat/electricity in the rent.

Average cost of a suite or apartment: $400 - $1,500 CDN monthly.  Your study abroad consultant shall brief you more on Accommodation.

Renting a place can also be done by searching online accommodation websites options within the city/country. These are fairly reliable and allow inspection of the place before making the final decision.
Temporary Accommodation:  You can initially stay at a hostel, local hotel or motel close to the campus for the temporary period that may cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per night for single occupancy.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Canada Study visa consultants FAQs

List of The Most Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers About Canada Study Visa, Study Permit, Application Process etc.

What is a Canadian Study Permit?

A Canadian Study Permitor Student Visa allows the holder to begin their studies in the country. The student visa is similar to a Canada Visitor Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) including a study permit.

What is a Designated Learning Institution?

A Designated Learning Institution is a school that admits international students; you can only get a Canadian student visa if you are enrolled in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). DLIs are schools or universities that have been granted permission by the provincial or territory authority to accept overseas students.

Who Needs a Canadian Study Permit?

All international students who want to study in Canada and to enter Canada must get a student visa permit. A study permit is a document that authorizes international students to study in Canada and is granted by an officer.

What is the application process for a Canada study visa? (Mentioned in Steps)

  • Ensure you meet all requirements.
  • Find a course and select your institute.
  • Take the English Test exam.
  • Apply to universities/ colleges.
  • Pay tuition fee and GIC.
  • Apply for your study permit.
  • Arrive in Canada to begin your studies.

What are the requirements of a Canada Student Visa?

  • Valid Passport
  • Proof of Acceptance by a Designated Learning Institution
  • Proof of Funds
  • Passport Size Photographs
  • Immigration Medical Examination (IME)
  • English Language Proficiency Exam Score
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Credit Card

What are the Financial Requirements for a Study Permit in Canada?

Ideally, 100% of the tuition for your program and living expenses (minimum $10,000 per year) under SDS visa category. However, you can get accepted into a program and get a study permit by showing you can pay year 1 tuition fee and GIC under non-SDS or Regular category.

How can I apply for a study permit in Canada?

  • Get your Acceptance Letter.
  • Prepare Study Permit Application.
  • Submit Study Permit Application.
  • Travel to Canada.
  • Maintain your status.

How Do I Get a Study Permit From Outside of Canada?

You must apply for a new study permit through a Visa Office that services your country of nationality if you decide to apply for your study permit from outside Canada. You can apply for your study permit online or by the paper application at your closest Visa Application Center (VAC).

How do you renew a study permit in Canada?

If you want to renew your study permit as an international student, you must apply at least 30 days before your existing status expires. By applying early, you can stay in Canada under the same terms as your current study permit until your application is approved.

What Does a Canada Student Visa Cost?

The total cost includes a one-year tuition fee and GIC (which is fixed 10000 CAD).

How long is the Canadian Student Visa valid?

A student visa is valid till the time of your course duration. When your course is about to end you have to inform the embassy within 90 days and apply for the work permit which is given like this for 1-year course – 1-year work permit will be granted for a 2/3/4 year course – 3-year work permit will be granted.

Is it possible to visit your home country while studying in Canada?

Yes, as long as their study permit is valid, international students in Canada have the ability to alter their program or institution. Students may have to reapply for visa if they change course from outside of Canada. However after receiving a visa or study permit, you can change the college where you are studying in Canada.

Can my Family Members Accompany me to Canada?

Yes, you may bring your spouse or common-law partner as well as any dependent children to Canada. They might qualify for a study or work permit, as well as a visitor visa. When applying for a study permit, you must submit their applications online. Get in touch with us to learn for how to submit their applications with yours.

Can I work while on a Student Visa?

Yes, you can work part-time while studying in Canada both on and off-campus, even without a work permit, if you meet the eligibility criteria but you can work up to 20 hours per week. Working more than 20 hours per week is against the terms of your study permit. You can lose your student status for doing this, and may not be approved for a study or work permit in the future. You may also have to leave the country. 

Can I Work After I Complete my Studies?

Yes, after completion of your course a student can apply for post-study work permit and can work full time under the category.

International full-time students who complete post-secondary education in Canada are eligible to work in Canada for up to three years following graduation. You must apply for a post-graduation work permit within 180 days after completing your degree (not the date of convocation).

Can I get a scholarship to Canadian University?

Yes, Canadian universities and Colleges provide a wide range of scholarships to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies. Lot of our partners universities offer scholarships on the basis of Merit.

Is it possible to apply for a student visa in Canada without taking the IELTS exam?

Yes, Canadian universities and Colleges provide a wide range of scholarships to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies.

To apply, you must submit an essay, and the scholarship is open to people of all nationalities. Trudeau Fellowships and Scholarships – The Trudeau Foundation offers a variety of scholarships, fellowships, and mentorships to international Ph.D. candidates studying in Canada at a variety of universities.

Is it possible to apply for a student visa in Canada without taking the IELTS exam?

IELTS or other form of English proficiency test like TOEFL & PTE is mandatory to apply for a study permit.

Can I bring my family to study in Canada?

Yes you can bring your family to Canada while you study, or you’ll be arriving at the same time, you may consider filling out one application for the entire family.

How can I receive a Letter of Acceptance exemption?

Certain potential students may be exempt from the requirement for a Letter of Acceptance.
  • Family members of a foreign national who receives written approval for a temporary work or study permit before visiting Canada may apply for a study permit without a Letter of Acceptance.
  • Potential students who wish to pursue a study program of six months or less in duration do not need to obtain a Letter of Acceptance, because they do not require a study permit.

Is it possible to obtain a study authorization for several DLIs?

  • The Letter of Acceptance should explicitly mention if an applicant is requesting a study permit for a program offered by more than one institution. DLIs are required for both universities. The DLI that issued the degree, diploma, or certificate should issue the Letter of Acceptance. If more than one DLI jointly issues the degree, diploma, or certificate, the Letter of Acceptance should be issued by the DLI where the student plans to begin his or her study program. In this case, the Letter of Acceptance should explain clearly:
  • The name, type, and location of the other institution;
  • The course(s) the potential student intends to pursue at a different institution; and/or
  • The semester(s) that the potential student intends to spend at a different institution.

The DLI may be named as the institution that issued the Letter of Acceptance when the study permit is issued. However, other institutions may be listed in the Remarks section of the study permit.

Can I reapply if my visa is rejected?

If you find a mistake in your visa application, you can apply.

Is PTE or any other English test acceptable in Canada?

Yes, PTE is accepted by above 90% of universities or institutes in Canadaalong with IELTS test and TOEFL, DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST for admission, CAEL ENGLISH TEST.

How to Obtain a Letter of Acceptance

The Letter of Acceptance is required in order to apply for a study permit in Canada. A potential student must first apply to a Designated Learning Institution to receive a Letter of Acceptance (DLI). The institution may provide a Letter of Acceptance if he or she is successful. For the purposes of a study permit application, all the following elements are required in the Letter of Acceptance:

  • Full name, date of birth, and mailing address of the student;
  • The student’s ID number, if applicable;
  • The name of the institution, and the name of the official contact person;
  • The contact information of the institution;
  • If the DLI is a private institution, the licensing information for the institution should be clearly stated (usually in the institution’s letterhead);
  • The DLI number;
  • The sort of school or institution (for example, private, public, post-secondary college, community college, or technical college – this is not an entire list)
  • The study program, level, and year of study into which the student is accepted;
  • Estimated first-year tuition fees, as well as any scholarships or other financial aid (if applicable);
  • The start date of the study program;
  • The deadline for a student to register for a course of study;
  • Whether the study program is full-time or part-time;
  • The estimated tuition fees for the first year of study, and scholarships or other financial aid (if applicable);
  • The details of a required internship or work placement, if applicable;
  • The Letter of Acceptance's expiration date.
  • Prerequisite courses, previous qualifications, or proof of language knowledge may be required for admittance to the DLI (if relevant).
  • If the DLI is in Quebec, the requirement of a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) should be clearly stated;

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