CANADA VISAS FAQ
Official Source (Consulate Information):Canadian Consulate Website?
Prerequisites for Study Permit in Canada?
- One must have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada.
- One must prove that you have enough financial resources to cover tuition fees , living expenses (oneself and dependents) and transportations costs .
- One must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.
- One must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
- One must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada after completing ?your studies.
Q. When should I apply for my study permit?
A. In order to avoid last minute rush; apply as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the educational institution. The time needed to process an application to study in Canada may be different at various visa offices.
Q. How much processing time is needed for Canadian study permit?
A. Processing times vary depending on the Canadian visa office where you submitted your application. One can check processing times online. The visa office will review your application to make sure you have completed it correctly and have included all the required documents. If your application is incomplete, it will not be processed?it will be returned to you.
If your application is complete, the visa office will review it and decide if an interview is necessary. If so, the officer will inform you of the time and place.?
After visa application is approved, one will receive the following:
- A letter of introduction will be sent confirming the approval. This letter is not your study permit. Bring the letter of introduction with you to show to immigration officials at the point of entry when you arrive in Canada.
- A temporary resident visa (TRV) will be issued if you are from a designated country for which Canada requires a visa. (The list of designated countries in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page .) The TRV will be in your passport. The expiry date on this visa indicates the date by which you must enter Canada. You must enter Canada before your TRV expires. The TRV will also indicate if you can enter Canada only once (ie. single-entry visa) or if you can enter Canada multiple times (ie. multiple-entry visa).
Q. How do I find out if I need a medical examination to study in Canada?
A. Medical examination will be required if the applicant will be in Canada for longer than six months, and comes from a designated country for which Canada requires a visa or the applicant ?will be studying or working in a school, hospital, daycare centre or other facility where it is important to protect public health.
Q. I am already in Canada and have a valid study permit. I would like to change my school or program of studies. What do I need to do to modify my study permit?
A. If you are a student at the primary school level and you are moving on to high school or if you are a high school student and you are moving on to post-secondary studies, you need to submit an application to modify your study permit at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta. However, if you are enrolled in a post-secondary program (doing studies after the high school level), you may change your school, level, program and field of studies without applying for a new study permit. You don?t need to apply for a change to the condition of your study permit either. You can continue to use your study permit as long as it is valid ?
Q. How do I renew my study permit while I am in Canada?
A. If you require renewing your study permit, you must apply before the permit expires. If your study permit has expired, you have to leave Canada. In some cases, you may be able to apply for restoration of status. However, you are not allowed to study until your status has been restored.