Canada Student Visa
Students planning to study in Canada needs to apply for a student permit but this study permit is not a visa you need to apply for a visitor visa to enter Canada. If your study permit is approved then a visitor visa will also be issued.
You can enroll at a designated learning institution, prove you have sufficient funds, obey the laws in Canada, have no criminal records, good health, and leave Canada on completion of the course are some of the criteria to be fulfilled.
If your course is less than 6 months of the course is not a part of the longer program and completes the course within 6 months you don’t need to apply for a study permit.
But it is advisable to have a study permit as if it mentioned on the permit then you can study further or want to work on-campus or off-campus then you are allowed to do so.
Documents required for the student visa
- Cover Letter
- Form – IMM 5257e
- Form – IMM 5707e
- Study Permit letter
- Financial documents
- Acceptance letter from the designated learning institute
- A letter of explanation
Apart from the above-listed documents consulate may ask for police clearance certificate & medical examination is required if your application is approved you will receive a letter of introduction.
The processing time for the study permit is 2 weeks after the submission of all the documents on paper. It is advisable to apply for a visa at least 30 days in advance before your intended travel date. The validity of the permit depends on the course you have applied for.
Visa fees for a study permit are CAD 130 consulate fees and CAD 85 is the biometrics fee. VAC charges around INR 500 per application.
VAC also offers courier services if you do not wish to visit the center again for collecting the passport, then you can opt for this service by paying the extra charges for courier above VAC service charge.
VAC charges are to be paid in cash at the counter whereas, Consulate Charges & Biometrics Fees can either be paid online using credit or debit card or can be paid directly at the VAC center when you go for the submission of the documents.