The Complete Guide to Studying in Canada for International Students
The number of international students in Canada has tripled in the last decade, reaching nearly 6.5 lakhs in 2019. Nearly 26 out of the world’s top 1000 universities are located in Canada. In terms of foreign student attraction, Canada ranks third in the world. In addition to providing some of the world’s best study programs, it has modern infrastructure equipped with cutting-edge technology, resulting in world-class research facilities and academic institutions with international reputations.
Our step-by-step instructions will help you apply for a Canada Study Permit if you want to study in a foreign country:
Step 1: Understanding the process:
To understand the immigration requirements, you must first be familiar with the various requirements for schools and courses they offer. Additionally, you must study the rules and regulations governing the study visa application process. Ideally, you should begin planning your Canadian study permit at least one year in advance.
At least one year in advance of applying for a Canadian study permit is ideal. An updated passport, proficiency in English or French, proof of passing prescribed language tests with minimum grades, and evidence that you are able to finance your studies and stay in the country are required by all universities and institutions. As these requirements may vary from province to province, this step must be conducted carefully and systematically.
Step 2: To select your program and university/college:
To select an institution, the first thing you need to do is determine its designation, i.e., it should be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Foreign students can only be admitted to DLIs. Although you can change your chosen program later in the process, it is better to research and compare your options before choosing one.
Step 3: Take the Language Proficiency Test:
Each international student who wishes to study in Canada must be fluent in either English or French. While IELTS is the preferred English proficiency test for universities, some institutions also accept Cambridge English: Advanced or TOEFL scores as proof of eligibility.
In addition to the TEF exam, you can also take the DALF, DELF, or TCF exams to test your French proficiency. Therefore, you must select the test, pay the fee, and reserve your dates well in advance to avoid the last-minute rush.
Step 4: The fourth step is to search, compare, and apply to the university or program of your choice:
You should contact the universities on your list, collect their application packs, and submit them well in advance once you have achieved the required bands or scores in language proficiency tests. It is beneficial to apply to at least a dozen universities, but you should also keep in mind the application fee, which ranges from CAD 100 to 250.
Step 5: Application for a Study Permit with proper documentation:
You can apply online or in person to your nearest visa application center now that you’ve found an institution that will accept you for a Canada Study Permit. Documentation that you have sufficient financial resources to support your stay and study in Canada must be provided along with your acceptance letter, passport, and documentary proof.
Your acceptance letter (CAQ) from a Quebec institution will also include a “Certificat d’acceptation du Québec”. Please attach this document to your application for a study permit.
Step 6: After a successful application and interview, plan your next steps:
Your application will be decided on by the immigration officer only after it has been processed and your interview has taken place. If your application is accepted, you can start planning your trip to Canada.
As your permit will have a start date, you will not be able to enter Canada prior to that date.
Step 7: The final step is to enjoy your stay and study in Canada:
At the port of entry (POE), the immigration officer will verify your permit and other documents before allowing you to enter Canada. After this step, you can focus on your study programs and other requirements as an international student in Canada. It is the final step in the immigration process.
Here’s what’s ahead
Having international graduates as new permanent citizens is a priority for the Canadian government, because they are young, enthusiastic, knowledgeable about cultural issues, fluent in multiple languages, have Canadian qualifications, and often have some work experience, which is advantageous to international students.
In addition to the Post-Graduation Work Permit, international students are also able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry selection system.