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CANADA STUDENT VISA PROCESS – STEP BY STEP GUIDE

Updated: Apr 22

WHY STUDY IN CANADA?


According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2018), approximately half a million foreign nationals studied in Canada in 2017. This is a 20 percent increase from the previous year. The top three reasons students cite for choosing to study in Canada are:

The quality of the Canadian education system;


  • Canada’s reputation as a tolerant and non-discriminatory society;

  • Canada’s reputation as a safe county.

  • Most importantly, 95 percent of international students recommend Canada as a study destination. Canada offers students a multi-cultural experience in a welcoming environment. In Canada, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with people from all over the world and learn about a variety of cultures and ethnicities. You will also have access to schools that are high quality, affordable, diverse in student population, safe, and innovative.  

  • Now that you know the benefits of studying in Canada, we’ll guide you through the process of acquiring a student visa.


CANADA STUDENT VISA PROCESS STEP BY STEP


1. Check the program requirements. First, check the institution's requirements to ensure that you are eligible to study in the program you have selected. Check the grade requirements, previous education requirements, language requirements, and check the tuition costs for international students (they often differ from domestic student tuition fees).

2. Be sure that your educational goals align with your career goals. Not only is this a sensible choice for your career, it also increases the likelihood that your application will be accepted. Many visa offices ask you for a letter of explanation to show that your educational pursuits are legitimate and will benefit you in the longterm.

3. Get accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. You need an acceptance letter stating your name and the program you've been accepted to in Canada. 

4. Apply for the study permit. Check the document checklist to be sure you have all of the required documents to complete your application. Some countries require you to have an underlying visa to apply for a study permit.

5. Check the processing times. Processing times vary depending on your country of origin. It's important to check the processing times to ensure that your application will be finished processing before your program starts (typically in September). 

6. Show available funds needed for your program of study. You must show that you have enough money to study in Canada. You should show that you have enough money to cover your program's tuition plus $10,000.00. It's also important to note that these funds should be kept in one account. 

7. Check the age of majority for the province you wish to study in. Different provinces have different age requirements for students to have a legal custodian/guardian. In Ontario, for example, the age of majority is 18. In British Columbia, however, the age of majority is 19. If you require a custodian, make sure you arrange this in advance of your arrival.


WHERE CAN I STUDY?


Are you curious about where you can study in Canada? There a number of options for both secondary and post-secondary students. Below we’ve compiled a list of Canadian colleges and universities. 


ONTARIO

Algoma University

Brescia University College

Brock University

Carleton University

Huron University College

King’s University College

Lakehead University

Laurentian University

McMaster University

Nipissing University

OCAD University

Queen’s University

Redeemer University College

Royal Military College of Canada

Ryerson University

Saint Paul University

St. Jerome’s University

Trent University

University of Guelph

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

University of Ottawa

University of St. Michael’s College

University of Sudbury

University of Toronto

University of Trinity College

University of Waterloo

University of Windsor

Victoria University

Western University

Wilfrid Laurier University

York University


BRITISH COLUMBIA

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Royal Roads University

Simon Fraser University

The University of British Columbia

Thompson Rivers University

Trinity Western University

University of Northern British Columbia

University of the Fraser Valley

University of Victoria

Vancouver Island University


QUEBEC

Bishop’s University

Concordia University

École de technologie supérieure

Institut national de la recherche scientifique

McGill University

Polytechnique Montréal

Université de Montréal

Université de Sherbrooke

Université du Québec

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

Université du Québec en Outaouais

Université LavalUniversité TÉLUQ


ALBERTA

Athabasca University

Concordia University of Edmonton

MacEwan University

Mount Royal University

The King’s University

University of Alberta

University of Calgary

University of Lethbridge


MANITOBA

Brandon University

Canadian Mennonite University

St. Paul’s College

The University of Winnipeg

Université de Saint-Boniface

University of Manitoba


NOVA SCOTIA

Acadia University

Cape Breton University

Dalhousie University

Mount Saint Vincent University

NSCAD University

Saint Mary’s University

St. Francis Xavier University

Université Sainte-Anne

University of King’s College

SASKATCHEWAN

Campion College

First Nations University of Canada

Prince AlbertLuther College

St. Thomas More College

University of Regina

University of Saskatchewan


NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

Memorial University of Newfoundland

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

University of Prince Edward Island


NEW BRUNSWICK

Mount Allison University

St. Thomas University

Université de Moncton

University of New Brunswick


WHAT IF I'M A SECONDARY STUDENT?


Are you interested in studying abroad in Canada as a high school student? Below, we have linked some local high schools that we have worked with in the past. 


Trinity College

Lakefield College

Albert College

Trafalger Castle School

Our Services


Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.



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