CANADA visa for international

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CANADA visa for international students

Applying for a student visa in Canada

Not having the correct immigration documentation can create a lot of hassle, and in the very worst case, can result in you being removed from Canada before you complete your studies. Navigating the visa process may not be the most exciting part of your study abroad preparation, but it is still absolutely essential! Let us break things down for you so you have everything covered.

In order to study in Canada as an international student you will need to apply for a 'study permit'. In addition, you may also need to obtain a temporary resident visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) that will go alongside your passport and study permit. This will grant you access into the country as a student. If you need a visa or eTA, you will be notified by the relevant authorities once you have applied for your study permit.

To apply for a study permit in Canada, visit the official Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. You can either apply offline on paper, or submit an online application which tends to be much quicker.


To qualify for a Canadian study permit, you need to:

  • Be enrolled at a designated learning institution
  • Show proof of funds to cover your tuition fees, living costs, return travel
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be in good health (you might need to complete a medical exam)
  • Prove that you will be leaving Canada after your studies

Are you from China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Senegal or Morrocco? Your application could be processed faster using the Student Direct Stream.

Documents required for CANADA study permit

This will depend on a case by case basis, but all applicants will need to show a letter of acceptance from a DSI in Canada. Most applicants will need to provide evidence of a passport and proof of sufficient funds. You could also be asked to submit biometric information such as a photograph and fingerprints, depending on where you are from. Find out if you need to supply biometric information here.

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