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Apply For Canada Student Visa [ A Step by Step Guide]

Canada is a diverse country with amazing culture and diversity which makes assimilation of fresh international students into Canadian society relatively easy

It is a norm that you should have a valid study permit to be eligible to study in Canada or any country at all. You can either apply for a study permit within Canada if you are currently residing in Canada, you can also apply from your home country through the online platform or by visiting the visa center in your area. There are also some cases where people have applied for a study visa when they arrive at Canada’s Port of Entry, you just have to understand which options fit perfectly with you.

So, no matter where you are applying from, you must ensure you meet the requirements to study in Canada these having a valid supporting document, and obtaining admission from an accredited university in Canada.

You will generally be asked to provide the following documents:

A letter of acceptance to prove offer of admission from a designated learning institution (DLI) (With some adjustment, the school you are applying to must be an approved COVID-19 readiness plan);

Proof of Financial Support: this is proof to show that you have sufficient to finance your studies in Canada and this should cover the cost of living (housing, food, etc.), and the cost of tuition for at least the first year of your study program. If any documents are missing as a result of the pandemic, then a letter of explanation should be attached for any missing documents.

How to Apply for a Canada Visa from Outside Canada Online

Applying online from outside Canada is one of the fastest ways you can get a student visa. You need to have a working debit or credit card to pay for fees online and you also need a printer/scanner or a camera to make copies of your documents.

The first step is to visit IRCC official webpage to access the application form. Then you should create an account

Read the instructions properly, and follow the guide to enable you to fill out the form correctly.

On the platform, you will be required to answer some questions before uploading your documents. This would help the website generate or create a personalized document checklist.

Find out how much you are due to pay and make the necessary payments. The fees will generally include the processing and the biometrics fee. You may also pay third-party fees depending on your situation, the fees may include medical exams, police certificates, language testing, and other application center service charges (You will pay these fees to the third party and not in your online account).

How to Apply for a Canada Visa from Outside Canada By Paper

Applying on paper requires you physically visit a visa centre to submit a documents as well as the application form. To get the application form you will have to access it via the official IRCC website

Read the instruction properly, then download and fill out the application form diligently and then attach the appropriate and requested documents to avoid delay in application. You should also be aware that you will not be refunded you application fee, so you must ensure that you are eligible for a study permit before you apply.

After filling out the application form, you will be prompted to pay required fees and then proceed to submit the application at the Visa Center in your area.

Student Direct Stream

You can also study in Canada through the student direct stream which is a faster way to get your permit faster. However, you must be from or be a legal resident in one of the following countries mentioned below:

Antigua and Barbuda

Brazil

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

India

Morocco

Pakistan

the Philippines

Senegal

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

Vietnam