How To Obtain Canadian Student Visa

Let’s face it, the ultimate goal of applying to school is to be able to get a Canadian student visa and be able to work while study. Canadian study visa gives the chance to obtain one to three years work permit after your course of study.

Thus creating the right opportunity to get permanent residency. Awesome..right?

As easy at some people may make it sound, there is nothing easy about the process of getting a graduate study permit in Canada.
But in this article i will lay out some careful plans or information that you need to know in order to make your application a successful endeavor.


  1. Plan ahead, don’t just wake up and say you want to go to school in Canada, you need a minimum of 6 months to prepare.
  2. Get an international passport
  3. Build up a financial statement for a minimum of 6 months or get a sponsor.
  4. Consider the duration of the program you want to apply either one year or two years program. Bear it in mind that the duration of your course determines the years of work permit you will be granted. READ MORE ABOUT POSTGRADUATE WORK PERMIT.
  5. Canadian immigration expects you to have a minimum work experience in a field related to your course of study and in-demand occupation for at least one year before you can apply for permanent residency. Therefore you have to be careful of the school you choose by making sure it is in the designated learning institution list. Because if you applied to any school not in the list, you will not be granted work permit after studying. READ MORE ON DESIGNATED INSTITUTIONS to check for schools through which you can get a work permit after studying. Not all schools will offer this opportunity, so you need to carefully check out the school you are applying to.
  6. You do not necessarily need IETLS, for instance if you are coming from Nigeria as an English speaking country. You can get a proof of Language of instructions from your school on request.
  7. Your credentials and transcripts should be available on request.
  8. Application fee from 100 to 500 CAD depending on the institution.
  9. Tuition fee: You need to pay half or full tuition during your visa application processes. Should you be denied, you will be reimbursed.
  10. After you might have been offered admission, the next step is to apply for your Canadian student visa; It is a very easy but delicate step because you need to prove to the officer handling your case that you have strong ties to your home country and would be coming back after your program.
    Advisably, you should apply for visa online, and within 30 days minimum they will get back to you. Some documents may be required:
    -international passport
    -Acceptance/Admission letter
    -Tuition fee receipt
    -Police clearance certificate
    -Proof of Fund
    -Reference from Current employer
    -Letter of intent


On successful completion, you will asked to go for medicals. This is good news because you are already one leg in Canada.
Otherwise, they will give you reasons why it is not successful and if you need more details so you can know what to address in your next application you can apply for a GCMS note ( SEE HOW TO APPLY FOR GCMS NOTE ).
The most likely reason for rejections is usually unconvincing ties to home country and poor finance.
If you are successful and you have passed your medicals, after 2 weeks you will be called to come and get your documents.
Next thing is to book your ticket and land in Canada. On getting to Canada, go to the immigration desk , they will print your study permit for you containing the duration of stay,name of school and course of study.
To ensure you quickly settle down, here is what you need to do within your first week.

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