Step 1: Understand the requirements
To successfully apply to a Canadian educational institution, one must understand the different requirements of schools and the courses they offer.
Applicants must also perform a thorough analysis of the rules and regulations in force in the process of requesting a study permit. Only recognized schools and accredited study periods will have any meaning.
Ideally, you should start planning your Canadian study permit at least a year before. Common requirements between all universities and institutions include an updated passport, fluency in English or French, as well as evidence of completing the described language tests with minimum scores/scopes and proof that you can fund your studies as well as the cost of living in the country.
Of course, the requirements may vary from one province to another, which is why this step must be done accurately and systematically.
Step 2: Choose your course and institution
The first step towards choosing an institution is to verify its status as a specific educational institution. Only DLI indicators can accept international students.
You will need to complete a specific major course when applying to study in Canada. The Canadian academic setting is flexible to change courses, but it is best to compare your options in advance and choose the major you care to follow.
Step 3: Take a language proficiency test
To successfully enter Canada, every foreign student must demonstrate proficiency in English or French. IELTS is the preferred English proficiency test, as some organizations also accept Cambridge English: Advanced or TOEFL.
For French, you can choose DALF, DELF, or TCF, although TEF is the most common choice.
Choose the test, pay the fee, and book the dates in advance. Of course, you will need to hone your language skills to ensure your application is not rejected.
Step 4: Apply to universities
It’s time to call you’re shortlisted of universities, get their application files, and send them early. Choosing to apply dozens of universities can be beneficial, but you should consider application fees, ranging from $ 100 to $ 250.
Do not apply randomly. Compare your options, select your preferred course and institution, and choose one or two alternatives as backups.
Be careful when filling out the application form and be sure to provide accurate information backed by documentary evidence. Once this is done, it’s time to face the painful wait until you receive your acceptance. Once your interest is confirmed, the university will send an acceptance letter that plays an important role in the upcoming formalities.
Step 5: Apply for a study permit
Now that you have an institution ready to welcome you, it is time to apply for a Canadian study permit. You can apply online or visit your local visa application center. Your application must be accompanied by the letter of acceptance received in the previous step, your passport, and documentary proof that you have the financial means to study in Canada.
If you apply to an institution in Quebec Province, you will also receive, with an acceptance letter, a “Quebec Acceptance Certificate” (CAQ). Make sure to include this document in your study permit application.
Step 6: Travel time
Once the application is processed and an interview is made, if necessary, the immigration officer will decide your application for a study permit. If accepted, then is the time to start planning your trip to Canada.
Your license will have a start date, the date on which the license becomes effective. Remember that you will not be allowed to enter Canada before this date. Plan your trip accordingly.
Step 7: Study time
The immigration officer will verify your permit and other documents at the port of entry before authorizing you to enter Canada. This is the last step in immigration procedures and you can now focus on starting your journey as a foreign student in Canada.
What happens after you finish your studies?
The Canadian federal government covets international graduates as ideal new permanent residents
They are young, know the main culture and languages, have Canadian qualifications, and have mostly practical experience.
After graduation, Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit allows students to begin their careers here.
Recent changes to the Express Entry selection system have made it easier for international students to make the transition to permanent residence.
There are also multiple provincial immigration streams aimed specifically at international students.