Canada Student Visa

About Canada

Canada is one of the most preferred destinations for students. It is the second largest county area wise in the world. The country offers excellent opportunities due to huge area and lower population, immigration is encouraged by the government. One of the reasons for high popularity amongst students is its student friendly policies and reputed education system. The country is safe and peaceful. There are several opportunities for international students they can study and work off campus for part time, can continue their work status after studies and can even apply for Permanent residence. Canada is culturally rich and diverse with different ethnicity. The country offers good value for money, in terms of education and post study career prospects.

Canada offers special program for Indian Students in form of Student Partner Program (SPP), prospective Indian students planning to apply for Canada student visa can apply under this program which has minimum requirements as compared to Non-SPP program. The chances of getting Canada student visa under this program is good if basic criteria is met. Canada student visa is one of the most desirable visa for any prospective student aspiring for overseas education. Besides this there are several benefits for studying in Canada. Canada student visa can lead an easy pathway to good professional career in any part of the world.Student visa of Canada can promise a opportunity of nomination from province of study in Canada. Each province provides separate set of benefits to overseas student including pathways to settlement in Canada.

Canada’s Economy

Canada has the eleventh largest economy in the world (measured in US dollars at market exchange rates), is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, and is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Group of Eight (G8). As with other developed nations, the Canadian economy is dominated by the service industry, which employs about three quarters of Canadians. Canada is unusual among developed countries in the importance of the primary sector, with the logging and oil industries being two of Canada’s most important. Canada also has a sizeable manufacturing sector, centered in Central Canada, with the automobile industry and aircraft industry especially important. With a long coast line, Canada has the 8th largest commercial fishing and seafood industry in the world.

Inclusively, Canada’s economic freedom score is 79.4, making its economy the 6th freest in the 2013 Index. Canada is also the freest economy in the North America region. The foundations of economic freedom in Canada remain strong and well supported by solid protection of property rights and an independent judiciary that enforces anti-corruption measures effectively. While many large advanced economies have been struggling with the heavy burden of government and fiscal constraints that result from years of unrestrained public spending, Canada’s public finance management has been comparatively prudent, with efforts to downsize government made on a continuing basis. Canada’s economy has been resilient, benefiting from a strong commitment to open-market policies that facilitate global trade and investment flows. Efficient regulations are applied evenly in most cases, encouraging dynamic entrepreneurial activity in the private sector. Steady reduction of the standard corporate tax rate has also contributed to global competitiveness.

Life in Canada

Most people who have been to Canada would say; there is no other Country in the World like Canada! Canada lies to the North of the United States of America and it is one of the World’s largest Countries with 9,971,000 square kilometers of land; that is approximately 10,000 Miles. Canada constitutes of ten provinces and three territories. It is a Country renowned for its Diversified and High standard of living, Quality Education and amazing economic growth.

Canada has traditionally been a Country of Immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural differences and this creates an exciting setting where different perspectives are respected and learning is highly encouraged.

Almost entire world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada. Due to that, most ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures are available in Canada to aid social interactions. Informal clubs and associations representing a multitude of ethnic backgrounds are also easily accessible. International Students Advisers at schools can help students get in touch with such groups.

The reliable annual survey conducted by The Economist and Mercer ranks three Canadian cities within the top five best cities in the World. (Vancouver is ranked as no. 1 best city in the world with Toronto as no. 4 and Calgary as no. 5) Cities in Canada are also consistently ranked in the top ten best cities in the world by the United Nations and other countries.

Admission Process :

Education system in Canada differs from province to province. However generally minimum 12 -13 years of formal higher secondary education is required depending upon the province. Most of the Universities and Colleges have their individual criteria for admission of International students.

The admission criterion differs for undergraduate program and post graduate programs. Undergraduate programs include one year certificate courses, two to three year’s diploma courses and bachelor’s courses of three to four years. While post graduate program includes one year of post graduate certificate or diploma courses and generally two years of master’s courses including thesis/project or research work.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs like Diploma, Advance Diploma and Bachelors:

Students need to have good academic records.

Higher Secondary marksheet /12th Grade marksheet with at least above 50%. In Universities percentage cut off is higher.

IELTS overall score of 6.0/ TOEFL (iBT) 79 or above preferred.

Study Gap of only 2 to 3 years immediately after previous qualification is acceptable.

Work experience letter (if applicable).

Admission Requirements for Post Graduate and Master’s Program :

Students need to have good academic records.

For admission in Master’s Program, Bachelor’s degree or in some case 3 to 4 years of Advance Diploma with minimum 50% or above, is required.

IELTS overall score of 6.5 /TOEFL (iBT) 79 or above, preferred.

GRE/GMAT required in some Universities.

Work Experience letter (if applicable). For some programs prior work experience of year or two is mandatory.

Study Gap should not be more than 2-3 years after previous qualification.

For admission in creative or professional field, portfolio or detailed subject research is required.


There is no doubt that Canada is one of the best countries in the world. Please take note of the following before you begin the admission process:

1) Jobs are available in Canada, so working while studying is very easy.
2) Students can work upon arrival in Canada.
3) You will be entitled to a 1 year working permit in Canada after completing one academic year program in Canada.
4) You will be entitled to a 3 year work permit after you have completed a 2 year or more Academic program in Canada.
5) You can apply for a residence permit after you have completed 12 months of full time work in professional or skilled job. Please refer to CIC website for more information on this.
6) As a student, you are entitled to work for 20 hours per week during academic session but you can work as much as you want during holidays.
7) The Embassy will require you to submit other documents which can strengthen an application if there is a gap after applicant’s last study. Exhaustive evidence of what an applicant did during that period must be submitted. If an applicant continued his/her studies but have not graduated, was employed, or did charity, or travelled or was involved in self education or the like, STRONG proofs should be presented (transcripts from university, letter of appointment, letter from employer, payslips, ID cards, photographs, receipts etc). We will discuss these as time goes on with the application process.

Visa Process

For study programs of more than six months in Canada student visa is mandatory. For successful visa application you need to demonstrate that you are enrolled in designated learning institute, have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, living cost and transportation expenses, should be law abiding citizen with no adverse criminal records, you need to show that you will leave Canada at the end of study period.

There are three different categories for study permit in Canada:

1. Student Partners Program (SPP)
Student Partners Program (SPP) developed in partnership between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and CIC is an arrangement between some of the selected Canadian educational institutions and the Canadian High Commission in India with an aim to provide quick and easy student visa process to the promising students.

2. University
Universities in Canada offer Bachelors program, Master’s program and Doctorate programs, few universities also offer post graduate diploma program. Each University has its individual system of application with entry requirements. Requirements for GRE/GMAT/SAT and English language proficiency tests varies from University to University. While considering the applications, overall merit of the student is taken into account.
The Tuition fees for Univeristy are higher compared to Colleges and Institutes. Students are encouraged to apply as early as 6 months prior to intake. GIC is acceptable fund and even education loan from standard banks is an accepted evidence for living cost.

3.General (Non SPP)
Students can apply for Non SPP visa application wherein documentation and processing will vary, for Non SPP application more detail documents are required to prove financial capabilities and income sources. The colleges and institutes participating in SPP program are also open and available for Non SPP application. Further applications which are not applicable under SPP or University application are considered for General i.e. Non SPP application.
GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) is not mandatory, but acceptable. Bank savings, other investments and education loan is considered as part of Fund. The basic difference between SPP and Non SPP is the requirement of proof of Funds and Income proof. While benefits related to work permit allowed to students and post study work benefits remains the same for both the programs.

Processing Time for Canada Student Visa

For student visa the general processing time is 3 weeks, but for SPP the processing is quicker. The actual time may vary depending upon the volume of applications at Consulates or High Commission.