Student Visa

When it comes to studying abroad, Canada is a favorite country for higher study. Canada is one of the most cultural versatile countries in the world which makes it a perfect choice for students across the globe. The quality of life and education in Canada is amongst the best globally, making it an ideal country for most of the aspiring students who want to study abroad.

To study in Canada a student has to apply for a student visa Canada or study permit. A Canada study visa can be applied under two categories: Student Direct Stream Program (SDS) and General Category. In June 2018, SDS program was implemented with the objective of making the Study visa process for Canada more streamlined with candidates searching for an explicit Canadian institution. SPP program was replaced by SDS in order to make the visa process more accurate and fast.

The main difference between SDS and General category is the documentation requirements and the time taken to obtain the visa. More detailed difference is as follow:

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They should have a valid passport.

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In IELTS a minimum of 6 bands in each module required for UG &PG.

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The student has to pay the first year’s tuition fee in advance.

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The student has to buy GIC (Guaranteed Investment of Certificate) $10,000 CAD.

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The Institution in which the student is applying should be DLI approved  (Designated Learning Institution)

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Letter of acceptance from an institution registered under as a Designated Learning Institute (DLI)

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A copy of the medical examination confirmation

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GIC Payment proof (i.e. $10,000 CAD)

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A proof of first year’s tuition fee payment.

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International English Language Testing System(IELTS) Score card.

*Under SDS students have more colleges and institutions to apply for. The time take to process visa application under SDS is generally the rest of the 45 working days or less. Under SDS visa is processed faster and less financial documents are required.

General category or Non-SDS student visa for Canada is an option for those students who don’t qualify under SDS. Although the formalities are similarly to SDS except financial documents and time duration. Under general category students have to show extra financial documents and study permits take around 60 working days to process.

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They should have a valid passport.

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In IELTS a minimum of 6 bands in each 5.5 one module required for UG &PG.

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The student has to pay the one semester atleast tuition fee in advance.

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Stronger financial proof; Bank savings, investments, education loan etc.

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Proof of work experience along with salary slips for last three months.

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Proof of income such as Form 16 or income tax returns documents of the applicant or the sponsor.

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Rest documentation is similar to SDS program such as; IELTS score, education documents Medical, letter of acceptance, Bio-metrics etc.

Canada Student Visa – Process

It is compulsory for all foreign students to obtain a student authority and visa before migrating to study in Canada. A student must also meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations under normal circumstances. Kindly allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks for your visa to be processed.

Read the step by step procedure of getting Canada student visa, provided in the below given content by the qualified team of CW international:

Step 1: Apply for Admission in College/University

To study in Canada firstly, you should obtain an approval of admissions (offer letter) from an accredited education provider in Canada. There are numerous SDS Colleges and Universities in Canada that offers a wide range of programmes and great facilities to their students. The best way to find a right education provider is to conduct research on the best colleges/universities in Canada offering relevant courses and shortlist a few of them. After this, browse the website of the shortlisted colleges and select the appropriate one in terms of quality of education, ranking, programme structure, programme fee and other facilities for international students.

Then complete the application to the institution of your choice. While applying for admission, you need to submit a few documents, including proof of your previous academic qualifications, passport copy, and proof of your English language ability. Wait until your offer letter is received.

Step 2: Pay Tuition Fee

After accepting your offer from your education provider, you must pay the tuition fee as mentioned in the offer letter. This payment is made by International Wire Transfer. Once the institutions have received and processed your tuition fee payment, they will issue you with receipt. This receipt will be needed to lodge your Canada student visa application.

Step 3: Purchase of GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate)

It is compulsory for the students to buy a special guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) from any of the participating bank like: Nova Scotia Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Canada Bank, CIBC Bank for the amount of $ 10,200 CAD for the adjustment of the living expenses of the first year. Approx. $200 will be deducted as the administrative charges of Bank (It depends on Bank to Bank). The student receives $ 2000 immediately after arrival in Canada. Next $8000 will be paid to the students in 12 equal installments as each month’s living expenses. This is a nonredeemable investment.

Step 4: Undertake Medicals

You will now need to take a medical examination a doctor approved by the Canadian government. You can find a list of approved panel by visiting; (http://www.cic.gc.ca/pp-md/pp-list.aspx).

You will be provided a receipt for the medical, which is required when you apply for a visa. The medical report will automatically be transferred to the visa office.

Step 5: Visa Lodgment


To lodge your visa application you will need to provide the documents as per SDS Checklist:

Visa Application Form Original valid passport with photocopy of the Biodata page Family information form . An Acceptance Letter issued by the SDS Educational institute in Canada Use of Representative Form (IMM 5476) Proof of English Proficiency Test Academic Documents Receipt of Payment of Tuition fee Evidence of GIC purchase Student Questionnaire Medical, etc.

Step 6: Visa Outcome

After receiving the passport, you will get to know about the outcome of your Canadian student visa application.

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