Study in Canada – Canada Study Permit (Visa)
Canada is proud to be the home of several prestigious universities and colleges that offer a high standard of education, with students coming here to study from all over the world. Becoming a student in Canada is a simple process since most educational institutions do not have an entrance exam, and the admission process becomes easier if you have previous education from your country of origin.
A study permit is one of the ways to receive a Canadian education and valuable work experience. Together with a student visa, you will be able to also receive a work permit, which gives you the opportunity to apply for permanent residence.
Obtaining a student visa gives you and your family a number of benefits:
- You will receive an open work permit in Canada
- After graduating and having worked in Canada for one year, you are eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Canada Experience Class program
- Your Canadian education will give you opportunities for permanent residence before graduation, through various provincial immigration programs
- Your spouse will receive an open work permit
- Your children are entitled to attend public school
- Your whole family receives government health insurance
Canada welcomes foreign students, as they are the most valuable candidates for immigration. The economic value of foreign students is equivalent to Canada’s auto, aircraft, and lumber exports.
However, while foreign students are a major asset to Canada, obtaining a student permit (visa) is not an easy process.
A student permit is a temporary residence visa, and while Canada gives opportunities for foreign students to permanently reside in Canada, the decision of an immigration officer who reviews applications makes their decision based on the assumption that the student will return to their country of origin after graduation.
The embassy’s directives for the student visa approval process includes dozens of factors, such as choice of university/college program, age, ability to pay for their education, whether the student is registered alone or living with their family, and more.
It is crucial to consider all the factors for student visa approval, since if you do not have the proper documentation, your application could be denied. Chances of success are close to 100% if your documents are carefully and accurately compiled.
For example, based on our past client data, it is more appropriate to enter in a university/college program that maybe your second choice, but will simplify the visa process, and then afterward change into your preferred program – which is completely legal.
Despite the fact that Canada is one of many countries that requires all students to pay for their university/college tuition, there is still a chance to receive full or partial funding from scholarships.
In Canada, there are several types of scholarships:
- Government scholarships for international students, such as the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Provincial scholarships such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
- Private scholarships such as the Trudeau Foundation Award, Mitacs Accelerate, and Anne Vallee Ecological Fund
- Scholarships from Canadian universities and colleges
The criteria for obtaining the scholarships vary with each program, and our immigration consultants are here to help you select the right one.
Green Light immigration consultants are pleased to offer you full support in all the steps to obtaining a student permit: from choosing an educational institution and suitable program, to submitting your documents for permanent residence. Contact us today!
If you have already applied for a student visa and were denied, we will appeal the decision using the CAIPS system, which will access your file and see the immigration officer’s comments on why the application was denied, analyze the weaknesses, and take the appropriate measures to eliminate them.