Student Visa for Canada

Did you choose to or likely to choose Canada for your studies abroad and experience higher standards in life by expanding your boundaries of opportunities? If yes, you have come to the right place. This blog will take into account all the requirements of student visa for Canada. I hope you will enjoy reading to-the-point- information provided in this blog.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Do you know, according to the Redseer report, it is estimated that 1.8 million Indians will be travelling overseas for their education by 2024? Approximately 85 students are choosing about 85 countries for their studies, of which Canada is the top priority country for most of them. It is said that, as of 2021, 198750 Indian students preferred Canada for their higher studies abroad.

From the above information it is quite clear that, there is some serious competition to the country called Canada, being the first in the line can help you achieve your target to get into the top universities of Canada. For this one must be well aware about the process of visa and other application process with the-well informed guidance like we provide at CareerCheQGoAbroad.

So, let us first look at the documents required to get the student visa for Canada.

Documents Needed for Canadian Visa Application

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One must always keep a strong hold of the required documents before starting the process of visa for making the procedure easy-peasy. Below are the required documents list for your Canadian visa application:

  • Appropriate Canada visa application form.
  • Your valid passport.
  • Proof of being in good health through a medical exam.
  • Photographs in accordance with the photo requirements for a Canada visa.
  • Proof of financial means.
  • Proof of paid Canada visa fees.
  • Proof of clean criminal record.
  • Proof you will return to your home country once the Canadian visa expires.
  • Identity and Civil Status Documents.
  • A cover letter that explains the purpose of your travel to Canada.
  • Letter of support/invitation to Canada.

Canadian visa process steps

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For making you understand with greater potential, in this blog each process will be explained with wider information. So, let’s see the steps for application process clearly:

Step-1: Proof of acceptance

It is given by the university which you have applied for. One must check if the provided letter is either conditional or unconditional. For example, in the conditional letter, there is prescribed IELTS exam score, whereas in Unconditional letter there is no such prescribed IELTS band. This proof of unconditional or conditional letter from university is not an acceptance letter, for that we need a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) which is available after paying the minimum amount required to the university/institute.

Step-2: Proof of identity

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To say you’re an Indian and a student seeking to study in Canada, one must present their proof of identity, it can be of two forms, they are:

  1. Passport
  2. Birth certificate or tenth mark sheet

Step-3: Proof of finance

Here, copies of all tuition receipts for payment provided to the Canadian educational institution are to be provided.

Step-4: Financial Statements

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Presenting your Financial Statement is heart of the total Application process, so taking extra care is well rewarded later on. So, firstly, you must demonstrate the purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution, in the amount specified in Canadian dollars to cover living expenses for your first year in Canada. This is useful in your tough days if you fail to cover or get a part time job as soon as you go to the country, so the government provides the living expenses through this account. This GIC account is provided by Nova Scotia Bank, CIBC bank and ICICI bank. One will deposit an amount of 10000 CAD (6 lakh) in a GIC account and get a certificate. This is the specified amount one must deposit as per the prescribed guideline of the country. This amount is periodically used for living expenses, when you’re in Canada.

Apart from GIC, the other documents under financial statements include your education loan and security copies and loan sanction letters if one has opted for them. These are also required and to be presented while applying for student visa.

Step-5: Affidavit of sponsorship

It is a document provided that the sponsors signed by your prescribed bank and parents/caretakers must be presented. It is basically a paper where you will explain the Canadian government on whose sponsor or support all your expenses are being provided or shared with.

Step-6: ITR/form 16 for last 2 years

Income Tax Returns (ITR) proof must be provided during the application process to make the process a legally approved form. All the lists from 2 years back must be presented.

Step-7: FD/Saving account statement.

FD/Saving account statement for last 6 months and covering letter (certified by the bank) for balance duration must be presented as well.

Step-8: Proof of explanation (SOP)

This is the section where you explain your purpose of choosing Canada as your study destination, what is your prescribed source, what are your aspirations after the completion of course and other such questions must be written properly and presented to the university and during student visa process.

Where to apply for the application form for Canadian student Visa?

All the necessary applications to the Canadian student Visa are done through online only. One can upload it on the IRCC website. Here a one clear caution is to, not to change the password frequently there’s a chance of revocation of the application form. If the application form gets revoked, one cannot apply for student visa for next 2 months.

What is an SDS and Non-SDS Visa?

Student Direct Stream or SDS? 

It is an express visa, which requires minimum IELTS- 6.5 band and a student must deposit 1 year tuition fee priorly. Here the visa process takes less than 40 days and is a direct form.

Non-Student Direct Stream (SDS)

It is commonly known as an indirect form of visa, where the visa process takes 40 days and doesn’t require any IELTS band score. There is a myth that this form of visa is prone to rejection. No, it is not a visa of rejection but is the process, under which the visa takes longer than the usual 40 days.

With biometrics verification the process from your side ends. Next phase will be your student visa approval and flying to Canada. With this the blog ends here. May this information help you in your prosperous journey ahead.

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Best of Luck 🍀

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