Are you looking for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime? Studying in Canada can be an exciting opportunity for you to experience life – and lessons – beyond your front door. Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you will be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries. The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. As such, Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university. Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you will have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education.
The Canadian educational system encourages cross-disciplinary studies and the development of transferable skills (e.g., critical thinking, teamwork, and communications) and uses cutting-edge technology and digital media. Under Canada’s highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment, you will not only acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, but you will also learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity, and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help with lessons, and studies fuse academic excellence with interaction and collaboration in the classroom.
Benefits of Studying in Canada
While studying in Canada, International Students in Canada may also
Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
Applicants enrolled at a designated learning institute (DLI) must submit a letter of acceptance along with the application.
Applicants and accompanying family members are required to submit their valid passport or travel document and photographs.
Proof of Financial Support
Applicant is required to prove that he/she has adequate funds to pay tuition fee and living expenses in Canada. Applicants can provide various documents as proof of financial support:
Applicant is required to submit his/her educational documents (e.g., diploma/degree/school certificate, marksheet/transcripts etc.) along with the application.
English Language Proficiency Exam
Usually, applicant is also required to demonstrate that he/she meet the minimum language requirements of the program and therefore need to submit the test results from IELTS, CELPIP or TOEFL.
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Applicant may be required to submit an essay stating the purpose of their trip to Canada. This letter or SOP provides an insight to the visa officer about the applicant’s goals and aspirations.
Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ)
Applicants who are planning to study in Quebec will need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion (MIDI).
Immigration Medical Examination (IME)
Applicants must be in good health condition and need submit a valid medical certificate (if required) from a Panel Physician.
Based on an applicant’s background or profile, he/she may be required to submit Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, Experience Letter, Income Tax Return documents etc.
The application processes
1. Choose a study program
Finding a school is the first step in the process of becoming a student in Canada. No matter what your educational goals, Canada has the school for you. Finding the right school, and securing admission, is necessary for obtaining a study permit. 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 for letter of acceptance (LOA)
You need to have a letter of acceptance (LOA) from a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI) before you can apply for a study permit. We can help you in securing a letter of acceptance from Canadian designated learning institution (DLI).
3. Apply for a study visa
You need to apply for a student visa (if required) once you have obtained a letter of acceptance (LOA) from a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI). We will help you to prepare and submit your application to Canadian immigration.
Reasons for Student Visa Refusal
International students fulfilling all the minimum criteria for admissions and visa are usually optimistic towards the decision. It is, however, observed that a study permit may be refused even when the applicant fulfils academic and admission requirements for an institution. Some of the popular refusal reasons are as follows:
Proof of sufficient funds for the first year of the study program is the minimum requirement for studying in Canada. However, the Canadian student visa application may be refused if the immigration officer believes that the student does not meet this requirement. Applicants can address this point by ensuring that they do not merely focus on the minimum fund required. Proof of adequate funds for more than one year, along with the additional documents supporting the finances can be included along with the application. Applicant must research cost to studying and living in Canada before applying for study visa.
Choice of Study Program
In cases where the chosen study program does not align with the applicant’s academic and/or or employment background, the chances of visa rejection are increased. Applicants can address this point by including a detailed personal statement for the choice of program in case it does not align with previous education or work experience. For applicants, whose choice aligns with the previous background, a detailed education history or work history can be attached along with the applications.
Letter of Acceptance
An official letter of acceptance from a Canadian DLI is required for applying for a study permit. If the applicant’s letter of acceptance is in question, the study visa may be refused. Along with the letter of acceptance, the applicants are required to meet the minimum entry requirements for the specific institution. If the visa officer doubts whether the minimum requirements are met by the applicant, the student visa may be refused. Applicants can address this point by ensuring that the educational institute they receive an LOA is registered.
English Language Proficiency
Non-native English-speaking international students are required to submit proof of language proficiency. Applicants are required to meet the minimum standardized English language test scores (IELTS/CELPIP/TOEFL) when applying for student visa. Even if the applicant has the minimum score meeting the DLI requirements, failing to meet the program requirements may result in the refusal of a student visa. Applicants must also ensure that the minimum score requirements for the specific program are met.
Incomplete Travel or Identity Documents
In cases where there are too many blank spaces in the travel history with a lack of proof of supporting evidence to cover those periods, the study permit may be refused. If the identity documents are incomplete or are not easy to read, the chances of Canadian student visa refusal are accelerated. Applicants must ensure that the travel history is justified with sufficient evidence and/or documents. The identity documents provided must be clear and easily readable for ensuring that the visa is not refused because of the above-mentioned reason.
Intent of Return to Home Country
As the study permit is a temporary visa, it has a validity period. The applicants are required to submit enough proof of intent to return to their home country. This does not suggest that the applicant cannot extend their study visa or obtain a Canadian Permanent Residency. It is mandatory to provide documents suggesting the intent of return to ensure that the applicant will not stay in Canada after the expiration of the study permit. Applicants can address this concern with a detailed personal statement.
Lack of Job Prospects in Home Country
Job opportunities in the applicant’s home country is an indication of the intent to return to the home country. Applicant should indicate that how they will be able to secure a job offer in their home country after completing their studies in Canada. Applicants need to explain how Canadian education and/or experience will enrich their profile in securing a job in their home country.
Tips to avoid refusal
Student Visa FAQ’s
How long does it take to apply for a Canadian study permit?
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 through SDS stream, but some applicants can expect to wait for 14-16 weeks.
How much does it cost to study in Canada?
Compared to many countries, studying in Canada is very affordable. You will likely need between $20,000 CAD and $30,000 CAD annually to cover tuition. This range is an average only and will vary according to the institution and program in which you are enrolled. The costs for housing, food and other living expenses will depend on your location and your own needs, but $15,000 – $20,000 CAD annually is not an uncommon estimate.
How to Study in Canada for Free?
There are plenty of scholarship opportunities for international students who want to study in Canada. The opportunities available to you will depend on your field of study or research and your country of origin. More information about scholarships may be found at EduCanada.
Do I need to take the English test to study in Canada?
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. While preparing your application, you should research the specific requirements for your program. Some schools even allow you to complete English courses after you begin your studies. 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 English test. Each school set its own language requirements. It is important to check the specific requirements of the school where you want to apply.
What is statement of purpose (SOP) or letter of intent (LOI)?
Statement of purpose (SOP) or letter of intent is a critical part of your study permit application. It should explain your plans to study in the country and your goals. You should acknowledge the conditions of being a Canadian study permit-holder. The purpose of the letter of intent is to assure the Canadian government that you will respect the conditions of your permit. You must agree to leave the country once your permit has expired.
Can I change schools or programs while on a study permit?
Yes! You can change your school or program at any time. If a student is transferring from one Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to another, even if it is at the same level of study, he or she must notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) by updating his or her online MyCIC account and ensuring that the school is a DLI. The same applies for post-secondary students changing their level of study (i.e., from a bachelor’s to master’s program). Please check the conditions listed on the study permit to verify whether the permit restricts the holder from studying at a particular institution or program. If you are moving to a school in Quebec (and your previous school is outside Quebec), you must get a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ). You need a CAQ for any level of school, including primary.
Can I apply for a study visa for distance education program?
Distance learning may be done through e-learning, correspondence, or online courses. Distance learning is a process that often involves a learning process by which technology is used to so that the student does not need to be physically present where the teaching is taking place. A study permit cannot be issued for a distance learning course. However, if a distance learning program includes an in-Canada portion, and the length of the program is longer than six months then the student may receive a study permit for the in-Canada portion of the program. The duration of the study permit, however, is restricted to the duration of the in-Canada portion only.
Can I work while studying in Canada?
International students in Canada can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during full-time studies and full-time during scheduled breaks. Most students do not need a work permit to work while they study whether their job is on campus or off campus. If your program of study includes work experience, you may be able to work more than 20 hours during the semester. This will be indicated in your letter of acceptance. If the government approves this condition, you will be granted both a work permit and a study permit.
As a foreign student, can I return home or travel outside Canada while studying?
Yes! However, your study permit is not a travel document. It does not give you the right to travel to or enter Canada. Along with your permit, you may need a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Depending on where you are from, you may only need your passport.
I have applied for student permit extension. Can I travel outside Canada and be able to return?
Yes! You can leave Canada and return as long as your visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is still valid. If your visitor visa or eTA is expired, you must apply for and receive a new one before you leave. There is only one exception to this. You may be able to re-enter Canada with an expired visitor visa (not an expired eTA) if you only visit the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon and you return to Canada before your study permit expires.
When you return to Canada
If your study permit is still valid, or we extended your permit while you were away, the officer may let you enter as a student. If IRCC is still processing your study permit extension, the officer may let you enter as a visitor. In this case, you cannot study until you get your extended study permit. The officer at the port of entry may also ask you to prove you have enough money to support yourself in Canada.
A border officer may have some questions for you when you arrive back in Canada. If the officer believes there’s reason to refuse your re-entry, you will not be able to re-enter Canada. The officer may ask you for a copy of your extension application, the fee payment receipt, or any other document to prove you applied for an extension.
Can I bring my family with me while I study in Canada?
International students who are married or have dependent children may wish to bring their family with them. Canadian visa officers will consider study permit applications which include accompanying family members. You should note that including family members on a study permit application may influence the visa officer’s decision. If you are approved as a family, your spouse will be able to work full time while in Canada. Any accompanying children will be able to study for free.
Can my spouse work while I am studying in Canada?
If your family does accompany you, your spouse or common-law partner will be eligible for an open work permit, authorizing them to work full-time in Canada while you are studying.
What is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)?
A Designated Learning Institution, or DLI, is a school, approved by a provincial or territorial government, that admits international students. It is vital to secure a letter of acceptance from a DLI to obtain a Canadian study permit. All primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLIs. Post-secondary schools must receive permission from the provincial government to accept international students. If you want to come to Canada to study at the post-secondary level, make sure that your school and program of study is on this list of Canadian DLIs.
Are International Students covered by Canada’s healthcare system?
All international students in Canada must have healthcare coverage. Certain provinces allow international students access to Canada’s public healthcare system. Students in provinces that do not offer health coverage must buy private health insurance. All Canadian schools offer health insurance plans for international students.
Can I stay in Canada after I graduate?
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 at least one-year in skilled occupation, 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. A PGWP is typically granted for the same duration as your studies in Canada.
Is a study permit required for short courses?
An applicant is not required to obtain a study permit for a program, which is less than six months in duration.
What can I do if my study visa application is refused?
If an application is refused, you may re-apply with a new application.
How Can X can help?
Canada is not just a preferred choice by students for pursuing world class education but also offers an exciting opportunity to experience life and lessons beyond their front door. Can X assist its clients throughout their immigration journey starting from obtaining a study permit to settling in Canada.
One of the most important considerations of your study permit application is program choice. Each study program has different set of requirements. We help clients in opting suitable courses and/or programs based on their educational background, work experience, interest, and long-term goals.
Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
Apply for a Study Permit
After receiving the acceptance letter, we prepare and submit the student visa application on behalf of our clients to Canadian immigration.
As every case is different, it is always beneficial to consult with a student-visa expert. We at Can X, with our pre-arrival services, enable our clients to prepare themselves for their journey ahead in Canada. Below are some of the services that we provide considering their short-term and long-term goals:
We assist our clients who aspire to settle and work in Canada through our immigration services such as SP extension, Open Work Permit of Spouse, parents’ visitor visa, PNP and PR etc.