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Canada is among the most favorite destination for educational migration among students around the world. Every year, there’s a large number of international students who try to arrive in Canada, enroll in a Canadian university, and graduate.

There are many reasons behind this high popularity Canada enjoys among international students. We know this and use our experience and expertise in immigration to help aspiring students identify the right course to join, the best place to study, and the best path to take towards an amazing career after graduation.

WHY STUDY IN CANADA?

When it comes to higher studies, Canada stands tall among the top choices in the world. Here are some of the reasons for this:

  • Affordable education
  • Abundant opportunities for research and innovation
  • Possibilities for immigration
  • Exciting campus lifestyle
  • Healthy and safe communities
  • The facility for international students to work while they study
  • Internships
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO STUDY IN CANADA

Education Qualification

You must at least be a graduate with a 50% score from a university recognized in Australia.

However, there are factors that make an exceptional case for a client. The study consultant must make a KB query to confirm whether the client can enroll or not before proceeding with the plan.

Year Back

The graduation degree has to be completed within the stipulated time with no ”year back”.

Backlogs

You shouldn’t have more than 10 backlogs in the graduation period back in the country of origin.

TIME ALLOWED TO STAY BACK IN CANADA AFTER GRADUATION AND POST GRADUATE WORK PERMIT
  • A student must pursue a course for at least 8 months to be eligible to stay back in Canada
  • Enrolling in a course with less than 8 months of duration doesn’t allow a student to stay back in Canada. The student can neither apply for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) in such a case.
  • If the student pursues a course of under 2 years of duration, he/she is eligible for a PGWP of equivalent duration as the course.
  • If the client pursues a 2-year course (diploma or masters), he/she is eligible for a PGWP of 3 years
COST OF STUDYING IN CANADA

On average, the tuition fees in Canada for an international student can range from CAD 7,000 to CAD 35,000 per annum. Here are more details:

Study Program Average fees (per year)
Undergraduate Program CAD 12,000 to CAD 25,000
Postgraduate master’s Program CAD 24,000 to CAD 35,000
Doctoral Degree CAD 7,000 to CAD 10,000

The cost of studying in Canada will include factors like the cost of living and visa application fees.

UPCOMING ADMISSIONS IN CANADA

There are 3 intakes/semesters that Canada has for international students. These are:

Fall Semester (Intake 1) – It starts in September

Winter Semester (Intake 2) – It starts in January

Summer Semester (Intake 3) – Usually it starts in April/May. It’s open to limited programs and colleges.

Applying in advance is advised as admissions and scholarships become difficult if you apply closer to the deadline. We recommend you apply 6 to 9 months before the commencement of the academic session.

WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR STUDENTS

Students

  • Students must be aged above 18 years.
  • International students can work off-campus or on-campus for up to 20 hours during university semesters. They can work full-time during breaks such as the winter or summer holidays. For this, students won’t need a work permit.
  • Foreign students studying in a program that needs work experience such as through a co-op or internship program are eligible.

Spouse

In general, spouses who join the student get the same rights as the principal applicant (student) already in Canada. So, if the spouse (student) has the right to work, the spouse who comes to join him/her will also have that right. Nevertheless, only work permit holders can apply for dependant visas.

REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR CANADA STUDY VISA
  • A valid passport
  • Attested copies of certificates of undergraduate and degree
  • Academic references (2 nos.)
  • Employer references (2 nos.)
  • SOP (Statement of Purpose)
  • Certificates of extracurricular achievements
  • An acceptance letter from your education institution
  • Proof of payment
  • Proof of financial funds
  • Passport size photographs
  • Study permit and visa
  • English proficiency test results

Your university will intimate you about additional requirements if any prior to your application.

STEPS TO STUDY IN CANADA

Step 1: Research your options

Before you shortlist universities, decide what you want to study, where you want to live, how much overall cost you can manage, various opportunities available, etc.

Step 2: Select universities

Shortlist the universities (about 10 universities should do) & study programs that meet your requirements and you want to apply for.

Step 3: Prepare for entrance exams

Prepare for the standardized tests like TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/IELTS etc. as per the requirements stated by the universities and colleges. Do advance registration for these tests.

While applying for the tests you should also plan for the time needed to prepare if you have to retake the test. You should complete these tests before September of the year you wish to apply.

Step 4: Arrange finance for your studies

Ensure that you have the money ready for your full period of study in Canada. This will include accommodation, food, local travel, and other expenses. Decide on how you will finance your studies. The common options are education loans, personal savings, assistantship, or student scholarships.

Step 5: Apply to the university

Contact each university directly for the admission requirements. Every university has its own requirements for admission. Complete the applications well before deadlines and send them.

Step 6: Confirm admission

Once you get your acceptance letters from the universities that you applied to, choose the university you would like to study at. Then pay a non-refundable deposit to the university to confirm your admission.

Step 7: Get a Canada student visa

Once you get admission confirmation, you can apply for your student visa in Canada.

CANADA STUDENT VISA AND DEPENDENTS

Foreign nationals on a study visa in Canada can bring their spouse and dependent children to Canada. The spouse can also apply for an open work permit Canada issues. They can work for a Canadian employer for the time the study visa of their partner is valid. But if the spouse wants to study, they will have to apply for a separate study visa.

Study visa holders can also bring their dependent children to Canada. The children can stay in Canada for the duration of the study visa. Minor children can pursue their school education in the country provided one of their parents can either work or study in Canada. A dependent child should be below the age of 22. Children above 22 years of age who aren’t financially independent due to a physical or mental condition are also considered dependents.

AFTER GRADUATE STUDIES IN CANADA

Canada encourages international students and graduates to stay, gain work experience, or contribute to Canada’s economy and culture.

In its effort to retain international students, IRCC operates the PGWP. Under this program, international graduates may obtain an open work permit for up to 3 years.

This lets them work for any Canadian employer in any industry without requiring a Canadian job offer while applying.

TOP UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA

The following list is as per QS Rankings 2021. There are 25 Canadian universities ranked top in the world. Here are the top 10 universities in Canada.

Canada Rank Global Rank University
#1 #25 University of Toronto
#2 #31 McGill University
#3 #45 University of British Columbia
#4 #118 Université de Montréal
#5 #119 University of Alberta
#6 #144 McMaster University
#7 #166 University of Waterloo
#8 #203 Western University
#9 #246 Queen’s University
#9 #246 University of Calgary

Study in Canada using eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

The Canada eTA allows foreign students to enroll in short courses. You won’t need a visa or a study permit if you are taking this option. If you are doing any course with over 6 months of duration, you will require a study permit. It’s easy to obtain an eTA.

In the normal course, academic institutions in Canada get the eTA for their overseas students. Even if that’s not the case, you can easily fill the online application for the same.

DURATION STUDENTS CAN STAY IN CANADA WITH THE ETA?

The eTA lets students stay in Canada for up to 6 months a year. The validity of the eTA is 5 years (or until the expiry of the passport used to apply). As a student, you can go out and come back to Canada many times. You just have to ensure that in all the number of days spent within the country isn’t more than 180 days (in a period of 360 days).

The renewal of the Canada eTA is easy after its expiry. Students have to complete an application for eTA renewal. It only takes a few minutes. The form is similar to the initial application.

How to apply for the Canada eTA

You can apply for the Canada eTA by completing the application form available online. You just have to fill in information like your name, date of birth, address, and passport details. You can pay the fee for this activity by debit or credit card. You should make sure if your course provider is getting the eTA for you before submitting an application.

COURSES YOU CAN TAKE WITH A CANADA ETA

You can take up any short course which is basically the courses with a duration of fewer than 6 months. You can’t enroll in an 8-month course with a plan to spend only 6 of the total duration in Canada.

For master’s programs, university degrees, and other longer-term courses, work permits are required.

FAQ
What's the IELTS score required for Canada Student Visa?

A minimum of 5.5 bands in each of the 4 IELTS segments and an overall minimum score of 6.0 is required for pursuing undergraduate courses in Canada. For graduate courses, a student candidate will need 6.5 bands with at least a score of 6.0 in each of the 4 segments of IELTS.

How can I get a Canada study visa?

The following are the steps to be followed to obtain a Canada study visa:

  • Submit an online application on the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada before you arrive in Canada.
  • You may otherwise submit a paper-based visa application if you are in a country with limited internet access
  • Provide a Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). It refers to a university/college recognized by the Government of Canada.
  • Offer evidence of having enough financial resources to support your studies in Canada. This includes living expenses and tuition fees.
  • You must have no record of being involved in a crime.
  • Provide medical records that state that you have a good health condition and if needed can submit complete medical examination reports.
How much does a Canada student visa cost?

A Canada study permit costs CAD 150.

How long does it take to get a Canada student visa?

Canada study permit processing time could go up to 90 days. The time taken will depend on the situation in the applicant’s home country.

How much money is required for Canada Study Visa?

Currently, at least CAD 10,000 per annum is required for a student to meet the expenses of living in Canada to study. This is excluding the tuition fees. In the Quebec province, an international student will need CAD 11,000 to do studies.

Is an income tax return required for Canada Student Visa?

Submitting an Income Tax Return (ITR) as evidence of income has not been listed specifically among the compulsory documents for submission. However, Canada Student Visa applicants must note that:

  • Visa Officers are determined to ensure that the student doesn’t become a burden on the Canadian economy and must be able to meet the cost of studies by himself/herself.
  • Students who fail to support themselves could resort to working illegally or engage in other illegal activities and no country appreciates this
  • Submitting an ITR acts as evidence or a measure of financial soundness that builds confidence that the student is capable of funding his/her education in Canada without any external support
  • Any education loan that’s approved for studying in Canada are also considered available sources
What are the required documents for Canada study Visa?

Your application for a student permit must be submitted along with the following documents:

  • Acceptance letter from the university
  • A valid passport
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds to finance your studies
  • Proof of English Proficiency Test
  • Academic documents
  • Receipt of payment of tuition fees
  • Medical certificate
  • Selection to a university in Quebec will need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec’ (CAQ) that will be sent by the university
How much does it cost to study in Canada?

The average cost for an international student seeking an undergraduate course would be at least CAD 18,000. If you are pursuing a post-graduate degree, it might cost you CAD 17,000. There are also post-graduate courses that cost as much as CAD 50,000.

Among other costs to consider, health Insurance will cost CAD 600. The administration fee will come somewhere between CAD 150 and CAD 500. The application fees for certain courses would cost CAD 250.

If you want a study visa, you should be having at least CAD 10,000 at your disposal to meet your living costs. If you want to live with more comfort, you should have at least CAD 15,000. You can consider accommodation in the university over a rented stay as the former would be cheaper. Saving money is always good for an international student in Canada.

International students are allowed to work for 120 full days or 240 half days while they study in Canada. This can earn you extra money which you can use for other expenditures. But to have enough money to support your study with, you better go for a full-time job. 

Which study is best for the future in Canada?

When you plan to study in Canada, you must research which Canadian University is the best for you. Canadian Universities offer world-class education and a practical approach to learning. The degrees from these universities are accepted worldwide.

It’s common for students to seek a suitable job after graduation. Though most of these students get employment opportunities, students from certain fields enjoy an advantage when it comes to getting employed in Canada. These fields include:

Field/Course

Chances of getting employed

Degrees in Dentistry

100%

Degrees in Medicine

99%

Nursing

97.4%

Pharmacy

97.2%

Computer Science

96.5%

Degrees in Business

94.9%

What jobs are in demand in Canada?

The top jobs available in Canada are related to healthcare and STEM-based fields. Canada needs workers in these areas and is encouraging graduates from these fields to apply for jobs in the country.

What are the documents required to obtain a Canada Study Visa?
  • Attested copies of undergraduate and Degree certificates
  • Proof of passing the English language proficiency test– TOEFL, IELTS
  • The score of standardized tests such as GMAT, GRE (wherever necessary)
  • 2 academic references
  • 2 employer references
  • Photographs (Passport size)
  • SOP (Statement of Purpose)
  • CV/Resume
  • Certificates of extracurricular achievements
  • Other certificates
How do I prepare for the entrance exam for universities in Canada?

You must prepare for standardized tests such as TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS based on the requirements of the university or the course you are applying to. You must register for these tests in advance. Prior preparation for these tests is necessary. You may attend coaching classes or take online courses. You may retake these tests to get the qualifying score.

How do I finance my studies in Canada?

Before you leave for Canada, make sure that you have sufficient funds to take care of your entire period of stay in the country. This should include funds to pay tuition fees and for accommodation, food, clothes, local travel, and other necessities. You must plan how to meet these expenses with options like your personal savings, educational loans, and scholarship.

What is GIC? Is it required for students to study in Canada?

Students going to Canada must buy a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from any of the participating banks such as Nova Scotia Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Canada Bank, CIBC Bank. The GIC must be for an amount of CAD 10,200. It is intended to facilitate the adjustment of the expenses of living in Canada for the first year. With GIC, the student will receive CAD 2000 on arrival in Canada. The rest of the money will be paid in 12 equal installments to take care of his/her monthly living expenses.

Can those on a Canada student visa bring their dependents?

Canada’s immigration policy allows the spouse and minor dependents of Canada student visa holders to arrive in Canada to work and study. The spouse of a dependent visa holder can work in Canada on an open work permit. They can work for any employer in Canada. They don’t need an LMIA or a job offer before arriving in Canada. The work permit will have the same period of validity as the study permit.

Minor children of student visa holders can study in Canada. They don’t require a study permit to pursue their education in Canada.

To bring dependents the student visa aspirant can apply for his dependents concurrently. Or else he/she can wait for his student visa application to be approved before making his application for his dependents.

The following relations can be sponsored for a dependent visa:

  • Spouse or common-law partner or conjugal partner
  • Dependent children under the age of 21
  • Dependent parents or grandparents
  • A child adopted outside Canada while the sponsor held Canadian citizenship or Canada PR
  • Brother, sister, niece, nephew, uncle, aunt, or other close relatives

Your dependents can live with you in Canada.

What are the documents needed to apply for dependents?
  • Passport and travel history
  • Background documentation
  • Spouse/partner’s documentation including marriage certificate
  • Other proof of relationship
  • Income proof of sponsor to show adequate finances
  • Completed application & consulate fees
Are Canadian colleges and universities accepting applications from overseas students?

Even though Canadian colleges and universities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are accepting online applications from international students.

Is WES (World Education Services) still accepting documents?

WES is coordinating with DHL, FedEx, Canada Post, USPS, and other delivery companies to hold mail while WES offices are closed. It has arranged for them to pick up mail for storage at WES once every week to process the ECA reports.

My university/institution can’t send official documents because of COVID-19. Can I still get an ECA report?

If your university wishes to send your documents electronically to WES, please have them apply via the WES Contact Us form. WES will contact your institution to discuss possibilities for the digital transfer of documents.

Will WES send verification requests even when the office is closed?

WES will continue to send requests for verification/re-verification to organizations via email during this crisis. WES will not submit requests for verification/re-verification via mail (postal or courier) until their in-office operations resume.

Will COVID-19 affect the WES evaluation process?

WES is operating remotely to promote the completion of assessment results. It’s working closely with institutions across the globe to obtain validated credentials electronically.

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