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Canada is ranked among the top 10 countries in the world for academic standards. Also, Canada was awarded as the best country for education in 2017 & it is recognized internationally by the Washington Accord and Quebec Accord. Compared to other countries, Canadian international tuition fee, accommodation and other living expenses remain competitive. Students have the advantage to work while studying. This allows managing their finances without incurring enormous debt. The number of international students studying in Canada is continuously growing.
There are many other benefits for studying in Canada:
Firstly, go to an authorized Agent who will guide you in selecting the course you want to study in a couple of Designated Learning Institutes (DLI) in Canada. The agent will help you in choosing the best Institutes / Colleges / Universities as per your Academic & financial status.
You have to write an essay in a couple of pages explaining about you & your goals and also stating the reason to study in Canada, reasons to choose the particular institution and the particular program. This is called as Statement of Purpose (SOP). You also have to get minimum 3 Letters of Recommendation (LOR) from your College Academic Heads, Professors or your employers, who should highlight your Academic & Professional achievements, merits, good qualities, capabilities, leadership skills, etc., giving a positive picture about you to the Admissions Team.
Then your agent will send the application form to study with all the required documents like your passport, SOP, LORs, Academic transcripts, and proof of English Language ability like IELTS, TOEFL, etc., score reports to the selected DLI. If the application is accepted within a couple of weeks, you will receive your Conditional Letter of Acceptance or Conditional Offer Letter from the DLI.
After receiving the Offer Letter from the Institute / College / University, you have to accept the offer and pay the course tuition fee by Telegraphic Transfer (TT) or Direct Debit (DD) through any recognized bank or financial institution. After receiving the tuition fee, the Education Provider will send you the Unconditional Letter of Acceptance along with the course tuition fee receipt. This receipt will be required at the time of visa lodgment.
After paying the course tuition fee, now for the living expenses in Canada, you have to purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from any participating bank like SBI Canada Bank, ICICI Bank Canada, Scotia Bank, etc. This is for Indian students who aspire to study in the SPP (Student Partners Program) colleges in Canada. The Canadian government needs an assurance that once you land in Canada, you have sufficient funds (at least CA $ 10,000) to cover your living expenses in Canada for one year, and to do so, students need to purchase a GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate). After getting visa and once you are in Canada, this amount will be paid to the students in 12 equal installments as each month’s living expenses. However, GIC is ONLY compulsory for those first time applying for Canadian visa under SPP. Rest of other categories can show savings, fixed deposits, bank loan etc., for amount equivalent to CA $ 10,000 instead of a GIC.
Even though you have paid the tuition fee & purchased GIC as a proof of funds available for your living expenses, you still have to provide your sponsors financial documents to prove your strong financial status in your home country. You have to show that you have enough funds for your Return Airfare also. Above all, you have to demonstrate strong financial, personal, employment or other commitments in your home country that would be an incentive to return after completion of your studies in Canada to the Canadian Visa Officer. This has to be explained clearly in the Statement of Purpose (SOP).
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made a mandatory immigration medical examination to be undertaken by Indian students from the Panel of Physicians approved by IRCC. You have to book an appointment and undergo the medical examination with the doctor on the list of panel physicians. Once your medical exam is done, the doctor will give you a document confirming that you had a medical exam. You must include a copy of that document with your student visa application. The results of your medicals will be directly sent by the doctor to the Canadian Visa Office.
You have to lodge your student visa application with the VFS centre in your city. VFS Global manages the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) in India, operated by VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. CVAC is the exclusive service provider for the Government of Canada, authorized to accept applications in all temporary resident categories (visitor visas, study and work permits). You have to submit your visa application form, passport, photographs, other required forms and all supporting documents like your Academic documents, financial documents, IELTS or TOEFL score report as per checklist and IRCC fee instrument at CVAC.
The time needed to process your student visa application may vary among visa offices. So kindly allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks for your visa to be processed.
Student Partners Program, popularly known as SPP, is an administrative framework between the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). It is a student-friendly initiative by the Canada’s visa offices in India and participating colleges of Canada. The main purpose of SPP is to make the admissions from Canadian colleges and the visa process from Canadian Embassies easy and smooth for Indian students. Under this program, nearly 50 Canadian colleges & universities are listed and there are several other ACCC colleges which welcome Indian students.
This SPP is applicable to Indian students only. Students often get confused with this SPP & try to apply to this program. They should not apply to the SPP but they have to apply to participating SPP colleges of Canada. Under this SPP program, selected colleges and universities offer admissions to Indian students for Diploma, Under-Graduate & Post-Graduate courses. They must meet specific criteria to be considered under this program. Students who have previously been refused any Canadian visa are not eligible to apply under SPP category for Canada study visa.
Students are allowed to work part time for 20 hrs. in a week during academic sessions and full time during the declared vacations.
If the student has Graduated from eligible DLI after completing a course whose duration was:
An open work permit can be issued if the student is a full time student and holds a valid Study Permit.
The duration of the spouse work permit is same as the duration of the study permit.
Statement Of Purpose (SOP):
SOP is the heart of the application and it should demonstrate the intentions of the student and it should cover all the points mentioned below.
Who can be the Sponsor?
The sources of funds (annual income) can be in the form of:
Under Student visa subclass 500 the student must follow below mentioned rules:
Problems or Mistakes in writing SOP:
The student has to apply to a Designated Learning Institute ( DLI ). After getting the acceptance letter, the sudent may be eligible to apply for a Study Permit. The Study Permits are issued upon entry to Canada.
DLI – Designated Learning Institute. These are the education service providers, who are recognized by the Canadian government and are authorized to impart education to international students.
It depends on the course, university, province and whether it is an Under Graduate or a PG program. However according to Statistics Canada, the average fee for Under Graduate was CA $ 25,180 and for PG it was CA $ 16, 252.
Requisite IELTS score is a mandatory requirement mor most Canadian Universities and Colleges. However it is not mandatory for applying for a Study Permit unless applying through SPP.
It varies from visa office to Visa Office, however it may take approximately 45 working days if there are no issues.
Yes. Students are allowed work part time for 20 hrs. in a week during academic sessions and full time during the declared vacations.
If the student has graduated from eligible DLI after completing a course whose duration was:
Yes. An open work permit can be issued if the student is a full time student and holds a valid Study Permit.
It is of the same tenure as the Study Permit of the student.