A Canadian study permit is the document that allows you to study at a school in Canada. Once you have been accepted to study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), you can apply for a Canadian study permit.
The number of international students in Canada continues to grow every year. Many of them are able to stay in Canada after finishing their studies. Last year, Canada admitted more than 400,000 international students. The majority of those students came from France, Nigeria, China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Brazil, Iran, India, and Vietnam.
To study in Canada, there is a 2-step process in most cases.
1. Choose a Program: Your program choice is one of the most important factors of your study permit application. You must present a strong case for studying in Canada in this particular program. We make program recommendations based on your work experience and education history. This will give you the best possible chance of submitting a successful application.
2. Apply to the School: After deciding on a program, we will help you prepare and submit your application. You need to have a letter of acceptance from a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI) before you can apply for a study permit.
3. Apply for a Study Permit: With your acceptance letter in hand, you’ll be ready to apply for your study permit. We will help you to prepare and submit your application to Canadian immigration.
Certain documents are necessary for the application process. Below is a list of documents that may be requested of you.Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program.
Acceptance Letter: A letter sent by the school confirming your acceptance into your program of study.
Proof of Financial Support: Proof that you have money to support yourself and any family members coming with you. You must show that you can cover your tuition fees as well as your cost of living (accommodation, food, etc.) for your first year in Canada.
Identity documents: Birth certificate, marriage certificate and passport
Processing times for study permits vary greatly. The amount of time it takes depends on your country of residence.
The shortest processing time is 1-2 weeks, but some applicants can expect to wait as long as 16 weeks. Processing times depend on the volume of applications received. If you’re applying close to the beginning of Canada’s academic year you may experience delays.
The good news is that studying in Canada is affordable. Canadian tuition fees are generally lower than those in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K.
In the 2018/2019 school year, the average annual tuition for an undergraduate international student in Canada was $27,159 CAD. The average tuition for the same year spent at an American university can be compared at $45,950 USD.
There are many options for living as a student in Canada. From living in university residence, to apartment rental, students can pick the living style that suits them best. Typically, large cities, like Toronto and Vancouver, have higher housing costs than smaller cities and towns.
To study at a Canadian school you will need to be proficient in English or French.
Canadian post-secondary schools set their own conditions for language skills of international students. Language skill requirements vary from one school to the next.
Some international students do not need to provide proof of their language skills. If you are from an English-speaking country or have studied in English, then you may not have to take the IELTS.
Each school set its own language requirements. It is important to check the specific requirements of the school where you want to apply.
Yes! Another perk to studying in Canada is that international students have the right to work. This helps offset the cost of tuition and living expenses.
International students in Canada can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during school terms. During scheduled breaks like summer vacation, international students may work full-time.
Most students don’t need a work permit to work while they study, whether their job is on campus or off campus. Your study permit will state whether you’re allowed to work off campus.
If your family does accompany you, your spouse will be eligible for an open work permit, authorizing them to work full-time in Canada while you are studying.
Canada makes it easy for international students to become permanent residents if they want to remain in the country.
The Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) allows international students to stay in Canada and work for up to three years after graduating. After working in Canada for one year, international graduates may be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
To apply for a PGWP, you need to prove that you have respected all the conditions of your study permit. Studying must have been your primary activity during your time in Canada.