When applying to CANADIAN STUDENT VISA, you will need to submit official documents from your authorized educational institution to provide proof of your academic credentials.

These may include:

  • transcripts
  • mark sheets
  • diplomas
  • degree certificates

If these documents are not in English or French, you may need to provide a certified or official translation.

The checklist below will help guide you through the application process:

Choose your school

You can research schools online using the searchable databases Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada. If you are able, attend a post-secondary education fair in Canada. You will meet with recruitment and admissions staff, faculty, and current students to learn more about the school and program you are interested in attending.

Gather your documents

It is likely easier and quicker if you gather all your supporting documents while you are still in your country of origin.

Prepare and submit your application and supporting documents

Visit specific college and university websites to determine whether you meet the admissions requirements (this will depend on your grades, language proficiency, academic credentials, and other factors). Once you determine that you are eligible, apply on the school’s website or, if applicable, through the centralized application service. Consider applying to more than one program or university, in case you are not admitted to your top choice school.

Secure a study permit

Apply for your permit as soon as possible after receiving your admission letter.

Study Permits

Obtaining your study permit will likely be the most time-consuming part of the application process. International students who plan to study for six months or longer at a Canadian educational institution will need to secure a study permit before they arrive. You can find more information about how to apply for a study permit on the Government of Canada’s website.

You can apply in one of two ways:

  1. apply online
  2. send in a paper application

To obtain a study permit, you will need to provide the following:

  • proof of adequate funds for tuition, living, and transportation expenses
  • evidence that you are coming to Canada to study and not for other purposes
  • grounds that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies

You may also be required to provide the following documents or information:

  • police certificate
  • medical certificate
  • biometrics, such as fingerprints and a photo

The Government of Canada’s website and your university’s international office are your best resources when it comes to navigating the study permit process.

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