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How To Get A Student Visa And Work Permit For Canada In 2021


Over 130,000 international students chooses Canada as their preferred study country every year due to their high quality education system and rich culture.

Getting a Canadian study permit alone is another story to talk about because it’s never as easy as you may think and thinking of studying in Canada, that is the most important thing to think of even before anything else.

Let go through some steps needed to be done in order to gain entry to study in Canada.

  • Apply At Any Canadian University Of Your Choice And Get Your Acceptance Letter

The first step to consider is the school you want to go and what exactly you are going to study so you will confirm if such courses of your choice are offered there or not. This must be decided even before applying for your visa. Because your acceptance letter might come before you can apply for the student visa. Below are some universities you can consider incase you still have no choice yet;

  1. Brock University
  2. Seneca College
  3. University of Regina
  4. Wilfrid Laurier University
  5. Mount Allison University
  • Check If You Need To Apply For A Student Visa In Canada

Not all situation need a student visa or permit and therefore, you need to check your situation to see if you actually need the student visa or not. You can use the official Canadian study permit tool to find out if you need a study visa or permit. Incase one of the below applies to you, then you actually don’t need an study visa to travel; 

  1. If you are a family or staff member of a foreign representative in Canada who is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
  2. If you are enrolling in a study programme that will last for less than six months.
  3. If you are a member of foreign armed forces from the Visiting Forces Act.
  4. If are a citizen of another country but you have an Indian status registered in Canada.

The study permit or study visa is not a regular that allows you to directly travel to Canada and therefore, you will also need a travel visa an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).


  • Start Your Canadian Student Visa Application Process

The study permit or student visa can now be processed as soon as you get your acceptance letter from the university in where you will be studying. Apply online for your Canadian student visa on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website, provide all the necessary details and submit when done or print out and send via post.

The study visa expires 3 months after you are done with your studies and you may wish to extend if you still want to further your education or the program you studied has an extension. You can use the 3 months remaining to stay and explore the country or apply for work permit and look for a full time or part time job.

  • Proof Of English Language Proficiency Required

Proof of English Language skill is not included on the requirement list but if you are not from an English speaking country, the university will require a proof of English Language proficiency. Accepted test include;

  1. IELTS Academic
  2. TOEFL iBT
  3. PTE Academic
  4. C1 Advanced

You might also have to go for a biometric interview at the Visa application center in your country for a fee of CAD 85 depending on the country you are applying from since some countries are exempted.

Depending on the situation, your  Local visa application centres will also charge a small fee for using their services.

  • How Long It Takes To Get Your Canadian Study Permit

Processing may take up to 90 days after applying for your Canadian study permit. It can also be faster depending on your processing protocols.

The Student Direct Stream can also be used to get the study permit faster. You will be charged 150 CAD or more and the processing time is usually around 20 days. Students from the countries below are the only ones who can use the The Student Direct Stream:

  1. India
  2. Morocco
  3. Pakistan
  4. The Philippines
  5. Senegal
  6. Vietnam
  7. China

For more updates you can visit the official student visa page of the Canadian government.