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Move closer to an approved visa with our team of iVisa Experts, who not only review your answers but also provide you with the necessary tools to prepare.

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Make use of our feedback and free templates to confidently submit accurate information, and experience a surprisingly stress-free process!

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Once government-approved, your visa will be ready for collection, marking the start of your travels.

How to Apply: Embassy Registration

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Your embassy will assist you if an emergency (eg. Natural disasters, civil unrest, etc) occur

Why Register with the Embassy

Travel Registration is a service provided by the government. This service allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad to the Department of State so it can be used to assist you in case of an emergency. People residing abroad can also get routine information from their nearest embassy or consulate if registered.

Required Information to Apply

Once You Have Registered With Your Embassy Or Consulate, You Will Need To Update Your Data If:

  • your contact details change,
  • your civil status changes,
  • you are going back to your home country.

Learn More: Study Permit

What you need to know

To be eligible for a Canadian student visa, you must meet the following requirements:

Acceptance into a designated learning institution (DLI): You must have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada. The institution must be recognized by the Canadian government and authorized to accept international students.

Sufficient funds: You must have enough money to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation. The amount of money required will depend on your specific situation, such as the length of your study program and the city in which you will be studying.

Health and security requirements: You must undergo a medical examination and obtain a certificate from an approved physician to demonstrate that you are in good health. You must also provide a police clearance certificate to demonstrate that you do not pose a security risk to Canada.

Intent to leave Canada: You must demonstrate that you intend to leave Canada once your study program is complete. This may involve providing evidence of ties to your home country, such as a job offer or property ownership.

Clean criminal record: You must not have a criminal record or pose a risk to Canadian security.

Visa Excempt "There are certain categories of individuals who may be exempt from obtaining a Canadian student visa to study at a designated learning institution in Canada. These include:

  • Family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are living in Canada and are either refugees or protected persons.
  • Foreign representatives or members of their staff who are accredited by the Canadian government.
  • Registered Indians in Canada.
  • Diplomats or consular officers posted in Canada and their family members.
  • Members of foreign armed forces stationed in Canada under the Visiting Forces Act.

In addition, some individuals may be eligible for a simplified visa application process, such as citizens of certain countries who have a low risk of immigration violations or who are enrolled in specific programs of study.

Citizens of certain countries may be eligible for a simplified visa application process under the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. To qualify for the SDS program, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, or Vietnam.
  • Have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.
  • Pay tuition fees for the first year of study.
  • Provide a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD $10,000 to cover living expenses for the first year of study.
  • Undergo a medical examination before applying for the visa.
  • Provide a police certificate from their country of origin and any country where they have lived for more than six months in the past 5 years.

Applicants who meet the above requirements may be eligible for faster processing times of their Canadian student visa application."

Apply today for the Canada Study Permit with us!

Each year, thousands of students from around the globe flock to Canada in search of new academic horizons, cultural experiences, and life-changing opportunities. However, embarking on this educational journey requires one essential document: the Canada Study Permit.

Navigating the process of getting a Canada Study Permit can seem daunting, but we’re here to simplify your journey.

Rely on our services for a smooth application process and prepare for your studies in Canada! For an even more convenient experience, download the iVisa app, which offers the quickest and most efficient way to apply for your permit.

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What is the Canada Study Permit?

A Canadian Student Visa, also known as a Study Permit, is a document issued by the Canadian government that allows international students to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada.

What can you do with the Canada Study Permit?

  • Study at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.

  • Work on-campus or off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as summer or winter holidays.

  • Stay in Canada for the duration of your study program as long as you remain enrolled and actively pursue your studies.

  • Apply to renew your study permit from within Canada if you wish to continue studying in Canada after your initial permit expires.

What can’t you do with the Canada Study Permit?

Certain limitations and restrictions are also associated with a Canadian student visa. For example, you can’t:

  • Work in Canada without a valid work permit outside the limits of 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks.

  • Attend a non-DLI educational institution.

  • Engage in any activity prohibited by the conditions of your study permit, such as working for an employer not authorized to hire international students or engaging in any form of unauthorized study.

Who can apply for the Canada Study Permit?

International students who wish to study at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada can apply for a Canadian Student Visa.

Can minors apply for the Canada Study Permit?

Minors who wish to apply for a Canadian Student Visa must meet the exact eligibility requirements as adult applicants. Additionally, they must also meet the following criteria:

  • Have written consent from a parent or legal guardian to study in Canada.

  • Have a custodian in Canada who is responsible for the minor's care and well-being while in Canada.

  • Provide proof of funds to cover the minor's living expenses and return transportation.

  • Provide a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.

The custodian in Canada must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a foreign national authorized to work or study in Canada. They must also be at least 18 and have no criminal record.

The custodian's role is limited to ensuring the minor's well-being and doesn’t include legal custody or guardianship. If a minor stays with a host family or in a homestay arrangement, the host family must also be screened and approved by the Canadian government.

Minors may also be required to provide additional documentation, such as a birth certificate or passport, and may need to undergo a medical examination or provide a police clearance.

How to apply for the Canada Study Permit?

Getting a Canada Study Permit is easy with our professional guidance. Our experts provide all the information you need for a hassle-free application. Here's how you can apply:

  • Step 1: Provide your basic information and travel details on our website or the iVisa app, and pay the service fee.

  • Step 2: Complete the remaining parts of the form and submit your application. We’ll schedule your visa appointment.

  • Step 3: Attend your visa appointment at the Canada Embassy or Consulate with all the required documents. After these steps, wait for the visa notification and prepare for your study journey in Canada!

Canada Study Permit fees

There are some fees you must consider when applying for a Canada Student Visa:

  • Government study permit fee: CAN$150.

  • Biometrics fee: Depending on your country of residence, you may be required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) as part of your visa application. The biometrics fee is CAN$85 per person or CAN$170 per family.

  • Medical examination fee: Depending on your country of residence and study program, you may be required to undergo a medical examination before applying for a Canadian student visa. The medical examination fee varies depending on the location of the assessment and the specific tests required.

  • Police certificate fee: The cost of obtaining a police certificate varies depending on the country and the type of certificate required.

  • iVisa service fee: When applying with us, you can count on expert guidance from start to finish. Our fees may vary according to your nationality. Use our Visa Checker Tool to see the costs for your home country.

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Required documents to apply for the Canada Study Permit

Here are the required documents to apply for the Canada Student visa:

  • Letter of acceptance: You must provide a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada that is authorized to accept international students.

  • Proof of funds: You must provide proof that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation. This may include bank statements, a letter from a financial institution, or a scholarship or bursary letter. Check more details below.

  • Passport: You must provide a valid passport or travel document for yourself and any family members accompanying you to Canada.

  • Photographs: You must provide two recent passport-style photographs that meet the Government of Canada's requirements.

  • Study plan: You must provide a statement of purpose that explains why you want to study in Canada, what your career goals are, and how your chosen program of study will help you achieve those goals.

  • English language proficiency: You must provide evidence of your English language proficiency, such as a TOEFL or IELTS score if your program of study is in English.

  • Medical examination: Depending on your country of residence and the length of your stay in Canada, you may be required to undergo a medical exam before applying for a Canadian student visa.

  • Police clearance certificate: You may be required to provide a police clearance certificate from your country of origin and any country where you have lived for more than six months in the past five years.

Documents you must bring to the appointment interview

If you are required to attend an interview as part of your Canadian student visa application, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to support your application. The specific documents you need to provide will depend on your circumstances, but may include:

  • Proof of ties to your home country: You may be asked to provide evidence of strong ties to your home country, such as a job offer, property ownership, or family ties.

  • Academic transcripts: You may be asked to provide your academic transcripts or certificates to demonstrate your academic achievements and qualifications.

  • Proof of language proficiency: If your program of study is in English or French, you may be asked to provide evidence of your language proficiency, such as a TOEFL or IELTS score.

  • Travel history: You may be asked to provide information about your travel history, such as previous visas or entries into Canada or other countries.

  • Financial documents: You may be asked to provide updated financial documents to confirm that you have enough funds to support your stay in Canada.

  • Updated letter of acceptance: You may be asked to provide an updated letter of acceptance from your designated learning institution if there have been any changes to your program of study."

Minimum bank balance for Canada Student Visa

For a Canada Student Visa, proving your financial stability is crucial. The required minimum bank balance is determined by several factors, including your living expenses, tuition fees, and if you're bringing family members. Be aware that the tuition fees may vary according to the educational institution.

Acceptable proof of funds documents

To demonstrate your financial capacity, you can use:

  • Bank statements from the past four months.

  • Proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if you’ve transferred money to Canada.

  • A Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a Canadian bank.

  • Loan approval/disbursement letters.

  • Proof of payment for tuition and accommodation fees.

  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program

  • Bank drafts convertible to Canadian dollars.

General minimum bank balance for Canada Student Visa (except Quebec)

Here is the minimum amount of money to study all Canadian provinces except Quebec. These values don’t include tuition.

  • For the student alone (1 person): CAN$20,635

  • The student applicant and a dependent (2 people): CAN$25,690.

  • The student applicant and two dependents (3 people): CAN$31,583

  • The student applicant and three dependents (4 people): CAN$38,346

  • The student applicant and four dependents (5 people): CAN$43,492

  • The student applicant and five dependents (6 people): CAN$49,051

  • The student applicant and six dependents (7 people): CAN$54,611

  • If more than seven people, for each additional family member: CAN$5,559

Minimum bank balance to study in Quebec

The requirements for applying for a Canada Student Visa to study in Quebec vary slightly. You must provide proof of funds to cover the tuition fee (which changes according to the educational institution), the travel tickets from your original home country, the settlement fees for your first year (CAN$500), the health insurance, and the living costs.

The living costs vary depending on the age and number of people included in your application (student and dependents). Consider the following minimum amounts:

  • Student under the age of 18: CAN$7,541

  • Student aged 18 and over: CAN$15,078

  • Two people aged 18 and over: CAN$22,115

  • Two people aged 18 and over and one person under the age of 18: CAN$24,773

  • Two people aged 18 and over and two people under the age of 18: $26,737

Where can I learn more about the Canada Study Permit?

Our customer service team will gladly help you with any questions about the Canada Student Visa requirements or application process. Contact us via online chat or at [email protected].

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