Canadian Student Visa Requirements

One of the prerequisites of studying in a Canadian university is to obtain a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Read on to learn more about the various requirements for obtaining your Canadian Student Visa.

What is a study permit?

A Student Permit is not a visa. It’s a document issued by the Canadian government which allows you to study in Canada. If you hold a study permit, you must remain enrolled and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your course.

In addition to your study permit, you will also need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for your entry in Canada. Please note that a study permit is a document that allows you to study in Canada while a TRV is a visa that allows you to enter in Canada.

Documents required for your study permit

To apply for your study permit, you will need:

  • An acceptance letter from your education institution, and
  • A valid passport or travel document

You must also:

  • Prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
    • tuition fees
    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada, and
    • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • 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)
  • Be in good health (you may need to complete a medical exam)

You will also be required to appear for a personal interview at the Canadian embassy or consulate. 

To prove you can financially support yourself and any accompanying family members, you may be asked to provide:

  • Documentation of a Canadian bank account in your name, if money has been transferred to Canada
  • Documentation of a student/education loan from a financial institution
  • Bank statements
  • A bank draft in convertible currency
  • Proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees
  • A letter for the person or institution providing your funding
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are enrolled in a Canadian-funded educational program

*Please note that these are the basic requirements.

Student Direct Stream  

Students of a select group of countries can get their study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream (SDS). Currently legal residents of the following countries can apply for SDS:

  • China
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • the Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Vietnam

If you choose to apply through SDS, you may need certain additional documents in this case.

Know more about SDS.

Applying for your visa online

You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the CIC official website. You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to Canada. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

Study permit fee

As an applicant from outside Canada, you will have to pay CAD150 as your visa fee (do check the latest fee  at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit.html).

English language requirements

To gain your Canadian visa, you’ll have to provide with an evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a recognised English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

If you have any questions, feel free to book a free consultation session where one of our friendly education consultants will guide you on how to go about the entire visa application process for your Canadian student visa.