Requirements And Guidelines To Apply For Student VISA To Canada

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Canada Student VISA

Canada Student VISA

The Canada Student VISA is a type of VISA that will only allow you to study in Canada, at the Designated Learning Institutions (DLI), and sometimes, you can work while studying or probably after studies.

However, in order to keep the Canada Study VISA, you must;

  • Be enrolled in a Designated Learning Institution always.
  • Be working to complete your study program.
  • Meet the requirements of the Student VISA.
  • Stop studying if you do not meet the requirements of the Student VISA.
  • Leave Canada immediately once your study permit expires.

Do I Really Need A Canadian Study Permit?

Basically, all International Students that want to study in Canada, must have a Student VISA and permit.

However, the permit itself doesn’t guarantee you to enter Canada, but coupled with a Visitor VISA, or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), it gives you permission to start your studies.


There are some group of people that might not need a Study Permit to study in Canada.

  • If you are a family or staff member of a foreign representatives to Canada, who is accredited by the Global affairs Canada, then you don’t need a study permit.
  • If your study program is less than 6 months in Canada, you will only need a Visitor VISA or eTA, not a study permit. This is because the condition of your study only gives 6 months, but if you cannot complete the 6-month program, you will need a study permit.
  • If you’re a citizen of another Country who has registered Indian status in Canada, you do not need a study permit.
  • If you are a member of the foreign armed forces in Canada and are on official duties, you do not need a study permit, your family members might need one.
  • If you’re a minor child in Canada, you do not need a study permit if you are;
  • going to pre-school, primary or secondary school, and you have a parent that is allowed to work or study in Canada.
  • in kindergarten.
  • a refugee or refugee claimant.
  • if your Parents are refugee or Refugee claimants.

How Do I Know That I Am Eligible For A Canada Student VISA?

Canada Students Visa Application

You can always know if you are eligible when you meet up with the followings;

  • Possession of a valid acceptance letter from a designated learning Institution, with this information:
  • an official letterhead of the School
  • the Program and Degree you will obtain
  • the amount of Tuition fees you must pay
  • the start and finishing dates of the program.
  • Have a clean criminal history and submit court documents to prove it.
  • Be up to age 18 to apply as the primary Student VISA applicant. If you have children that are below 18, they must not apply alone, you must apply on their behalf.
  • Submitting copies of your current immigration status in another country or in Canada.
  • Must fill and sign a VISA application center (VAC) consent form.
  • Prove that your stay in Canada is temporary and that you will return to your Home Country once your studies are over.

What Are The Pre-Requisites For Canada Student VISA?

The following documents needs to be submitted.

  • Your passport scan to prove its validity
  • Your travel history
  • Letters to prove your clean criminal record from the court or the Police in your Country.
  • Declaration letter containing your explanation on why you should be given a VISA and study permit, from you to the Government of Canada.
  • 2 photos that meet the Canada photo requirements.
  • Medical examinations.
  • Your employment or education status through a Resume or Diplomas
  • A proof that you can handle the expenses of studying in Canada. i.e., living costs and tuition fees, via one of the following
  • you must possess a proof of a Canadian bank account that is in your name.
  • proof that you have already paid your tuition and housing fees
  • you must have bank statements for at least the past 4 months.
  • proof that you have a Scholarship
  • letter from a person or institutions giving you money
  • must own a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) issued by a Canadian financial institution.
  • proof that you have taken a Student loan from a bank.
  • You need to submit a certificat d’ acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) which is issued by the Quebec Government. That is if you’re going to study in Quebec. Guidelines will be given from your school on how to apply for CAQ.
  • A letter of explanation on why you want to study in Canada, coupled with guaranteeing that you accept and understand very clearly your responsibilities as a Student in Canada.
  • You must apply as a family and have separate application form if your family members are accompanying you.
  • If a minor is going to Canada to study, and need a custodian that is not a parent of the minor, then you also need to submit a custodian declaration form, which states who the custodian of the child is, and must be signed by the Parents or Legal Guardians of the child.
  • The Unique Client Identifier (UCI) which is a document number on the study permit is required of you, if you’re applying for the first time. But if you have applied for a study permit before, you are to write your study permit document number which you can find in any letters that have been sent to you by the Canadian Government.

Note: All documents written in other languages other than English or French, must be translated, and you must have a proof that the translations are valid.

After getting all the documents ready and you submit them, you can move to submit the application and pay the fees.

Read: How To Apply For A Canada Business VISA

Financial Requirements For A Canada Study VISA


Canadian Students VISA

You must have enough funds that will be able to cover your tuition fee and living costs in Canada, if you are applying for a Student VISA.

If your family members are accompanying you, you will need extra funds.

There are basically two types of fund requirements for Students.

  • Students studying in Quebec
  • Students studying outside of Quebec.

Students that are studying in Quebec must have these funds to prove they can cover their studies in Canada.

Persons Coming To CanadaAmount Of Funds Required Per Year In Addition To The TuitionAmount Of Funds Required Per Month In Addition To The Tuition
You (Student)$11,000$917
First family member (18 years old and above)$5,100$425
first family member (below 18 years)$3,800$317
every additional family member accompanying you, 18 years and above$5,125$427
Every additional family member accompanying you (under 18 years).$1,903$159

Students studying outside of Quebec must have these funds to prove they can cover their studies in Canada.

Persons Coming To CanadaAmount Of Funds Required Per Year (In Addition To The Tuition)Amount Of Funds Required Per Month (In Addition To The Tuition)
first family member.$4,000$333
Every additional family member accompanying you.$3,000$255

How To Apply For A Study Permit

There are three situations in applying for a study permit.

1. Outside Canada.

The application process for Canada Students VISA (outside) will include applying for an extended visitor VISA and a study permit, if you are an International Student that had been accepted to a Canadian DLI.

You will only need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) and a study permit, if your Country doesn’t need a VISA to enter Canada.

Note: the application process for Canada Student VISA and permit from outside Canada, is the same as the application process for every type of Canadian VISA.

Read: How To Apply For The Canada Immigration VISA

Canada Student VISA Application Process

  • Find out if you are eligible
  • Create your online account; there are two different ways of creating an online account, if within the instruction sent to you by an email you are to apply for the VISA online.
  • using your online banking login, since the Government of Canada has partnered with many Banks.
  • Creating a Government of Canada login (GCKeys)
  • Compile the document file: Immediately you create an account, login to start your Canada VISA application. You will use your reference code to start applying for the VISA you have been deemed eligible for. The system will show you a list of the documents needed for application once you enter the reference code.
  • Pay the fees: After submitting the application, the system will redirect you to the payment page, the VISA fees depend on the type of VISA you’re applying for. It will take you up to 5 days for you to see the application. But if you apply in person, you will have to take those documents to the Canadian embassy in your home country.
  • Wait for the processing of your data
  • Submit your passport and processing fees.

2. Inside Canada.

If you’re applying for a study permit within Canada, you will have to be in the following situations;

★ You are a minor child in primary or secondary school;

★ You are an exchange or visiting Student in Canada;

★ You have completed a short-term (less than 6 months) study course or program in Canada;

★ You have a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) for 6 months or more, or your family member has such a TRP;

★ You are the spouse or common law partner or someone who is being sponsored to immigrate to Canada or has applied for permanent residence;

★ You have a study permit from outside of Canada and you want to extend it;

★ You are the family member of:

  • A Canadian based sports team;
  • A media representative;
  • A member of the clergy;
  • Military personnel assigned to Canada;
  • You are a family member or private staff member of a foreign representative in Canada.

Note: You will have to go to the embassy of your Country in Canada, or you can contact the Canadian Embassy to submit the documents there in person and pay important fees.

3. Port of Entry (POE).

Another option of applying for a study permit is when you travel to Canada at the port of entry. However, you can only apply at the POE if you fulfill these conditions:

  • You are a citizen of the United States of America (USA)
  • You are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the U.S.
  • are a resident of Greenland or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

To apply at the POE, you will first have to get an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and then present the documents mentioned above (section: Applying for a Study Permit Outside of Canada) at the Canadian Port of Entry. The officials will review these documents and will make a decision on whether to grant you the study permit or not.

How Much Does Canada Student VISA Cost?

Canadian Student Visa Cost

The Canada Student VISA fees are as follows

Application Per PersonCAD$
Study Permit (including applications for extension)$150
Biometrics Fee (per person)$85
Biometric fee for a family (2 or more applicant)

Maximum total fee for families that are applying together at the same time


Canadian Student VISA Validity

The Canada Student VISA is only valid for the length of the study program, and an extra 90 days. if your study permit expires and you haven’t completed your program, you need to extend it.

You must show a proof that you have completed your program by submitting your graduation notification such as email, certificate, documents etc. from your school.

Note:  The date you issue the letter, will be counted as the date you finish your program, and then your extra 90 days for preparation to leave Canada shall start.

Can I Visit My Home Country While Studying In Canada?

Yes, as a Student you can visit your Home Country during summer or winter breaks, but you will have to make sure that all your documents are valid before you travel out.

  • Your family members can also accompany you to Canada, but they will pay for their own VISAs (not study permit), it will be Visitor VISA.

You Can Work After Completion Of Studies

If you have a Student VISA, it is easy to get a Post-Graduate work permit (PGWP). The length of which depends on the length of your study program.


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