International Students’ Complete Guide to Studying in Canada:
Nearly 26 out of the world’s top 1000 universities are located in Canada. Over the last decade, the number of international students in Canada has tripled. The country ranks third in the world for foreign student attraction. 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.
Follow these steps to apply for a Canada Study Permit if you wish to study abroad:
Step 1: For a better understanding of immigration requirements, you must first understand the requirements for schools and courses they offer.
It is also important to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations governing the application process for a study visa. At the very least one year in advance, you should begin planning for your Canadian study permit.
You should apply for a Canadian study permit at least one year in advance. All universities and institutions require 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. Due to the differences between provincial requirements, this step must be carried out in a systematic manner.
Step 2: Select your program and university/college
To select an institution, you need to determine its designation, i.e., it should be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Foreign students are only admitted to DLIs. It is best to research and compare your options before choosing a program, even though you can change your mind later in the process.
Step 3: Taking the Language Proficiency Test
Taking the Language Proficiency Test is the third step for international students who wish to study in Canada. IELTS is the preferred English proficiency test for universities, but some institutions also accept Cambridge English: Advanced and TOEFL scores as proof of eligibility.
To test your French proficiency, you can also take the DALF, DELF, or TCF exams. In order to avoid last-minute rushes, you must select the test, pay the fee, and reserve your date well in advance.
Step 4: Choosing a university or program is the fourth step in the process
As soon as you have achieved the required bands or scores on language proficiency tests, contact the universities on your list, collect their application packs, and submit them well in advance. You should apply to at least a dozen universities, but keep in mind that application fees range from CAD 100 to 250.
Step 5: Apply 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. In addition to your acceptance letter, passport, and documentary proof, you must provide documentation that you have sufficient financial resources to support your stay and study in Canada.
An acceptance letter (CAQ) from a Quebec institution will also include a “Certificat d’acceptation du Québec”. Please attach this to your application.
Step 6: Following a successful application and interview, plan your next steps
If your application is accepted, you can begin planning your trip to Canada after your interview with the immigration officer.
Your permit will have a start date, so you cannot enter Canada before that date.
Step 7: Lastly, enjoy your stay and study in Canada.
A Canadian immigration officer will verify your permit and other documents at the port of entry (POE) before letting you enter. After this step, you can concentrate 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:
As new permanent citizens, the Canadian government is committed to retaining international graduates, because they are young, enthusiastic, knowledgeable about cultural issues, fluent in multiple languages, have Canadian qualifications, and often have some work experience, which is beneficial to international students.
Through the Express Entry selection system, international students can also apply for permanent residence in Canada in addition to the Post-Graduation Work Permit.