The Canadian school system is one of the best in the world. Every year about 200,000 international students come to Canada to obtain a globally respected education. Moderate tuition and living fees, as well as a safe and friendly environment make Canada an even more attractive destination for students of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world.
According to Statistics Canada, “In December 2015 there were 353,000 international students with a valid study permit in Canada, up from 84,000 in December 1995. Of the international students admitted to Canada in the early 2000s, 25% became permanent residents over the 10 years that followed. Of these, nearly one-half applied as principal applicants in the economic class.”
In most cases, prospective international students have to apply for a study permit through a Canadian Visa Mission of the country of their residence.
Students that have been accepted to a professional program at a designated learning institution upon already completing a course of study in Canada (which was a stated prerequisite for admission to the selected program) can apply for a study permit from within Canada.
Note: You do not require a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less.
STEPS TO BECOME A STUDENT IN CANADA:
1. Find a School and get accepted by it for a program of study:
According to the rules introduced on June 1, 2014, only international students admitted for studies at a designated learning institution are eligible to apply for a study permit.
2. Meet eligibility requirements for a Study Permit:
- Be accepted by a designated learning institution in Canada;
- Prove that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees, living expenses and return transportation for yourself and any family members if they accompany you to Canada;
- Be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record;
- Show that you are in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary;
- Satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.
3. Apply for a Study Permit.
Jane Katkova & Associates handles all types of applications for Study Permits in Canada. We will be happy to assist you in choosing the educational institution, preparing the application for a Study Permit and ensuring that your application is complete with all the information and documentation necessary.
4. Come to study to Canada after your application for a Study Permit is approved.
International students can work while studying in Canada and get a temporary work permit in Canada after graduation.
Studies and subsequent work experience in Canada upon graduation may become your pathway to Canadian Permanent Residency. Check your prospects for applying for Canadian immigration through Canadian Experience Class on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website, or contact us to schedule a consultation with an authorized associate.