A student visa is termed as a ‘study permit’ in Canada. Once your admission form is processed and you receive an offer letter from a Canadian institution, you are required to apply for a study permit. Any programme that is of more than six months in duration requires the student to apply for a study permit.
All the Paperwork:
Applicants from India must keep the following key documents ready when applying for a study permit:
- Proof of acceptance
- Proof of identity
- Proof of financial support
- Letter of explanation
The letter of explanation is reserved for those applicants who do not actually need a study permit for visiting Canada. Applicants are advised to visit the Canadian Immigration website for more information.
The document checklist issued by the Immigration website is quite useful; refer the link below and ensure that you submit all requisite documents when applying:
Student Partners Program:
The Canada in India Student Partners Program (SPP) is a recent initiative by the Canadian government. This is a joint pilot project between Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s visa offices in India and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). Citizens of India who wish to participate in the program should contact one of the participating colleges for more information. Study-permits for applicants from India are usually processed within three weeks of submission of the form. A processing fee of CA$150 and a biometric processing fee of CA$85 is charged from each applicant. Applicants will be able to view the status of their application online.
Medical Check-Up and Police Verification:
Applicants may be asked to take up a medical test and submit the doctor’s certificate when applying for the study permit. Some institutions may require students to submit a police verification certificate as well. Applicants should contact their local Superintendent of Police or Commissioner of Police Office to secure a police verification certificate.
We hope that now you have a clear understanding of the documents, which you need to furnish when you apply for the study permit. If you would like us to cover any other aspect of the application process or if you would like to share any useful information related to obtaining a Canadian study permit; share your feedback in the ‘Comments’ section below.
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