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Canada student visa is for those international students who want to study in Canada. Individuals who study in Canada receive a top-quality education, preparing them for professional pursuits in Canada or abroad. The cost of living and tuition fee in canada is also generally lower as compared to other developed countries.

There are various Student Visa Canada requirements which candidates need to fulfil in order to get the said visa stamped on the passport. Before applying a candidate must get the letter of acceptance from the Designated Learning Institution. Following is the information that is shown in the letter of acceptance,

  • Starting & ending dates.
  • Exact amount of tuition fees needed to be paid by the candidate.
  • Date by which the candidate needs to register.
  • The letter of acceptance must be issued on the official letterhead. After receiving the acceptance letter, a candidate can submit application for study permit. After receiving the college acceptance letter, you need to apply for the visa. Start for visa process near to June if candidate plans for the September intake.

For some, education offers a route to canada for permanent residency. There are a range of programs which the government offers which allows the international students to apply to permanent immigration.

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Study Permit

For studying in canada, one would require a canada study permit. To be eligible to submit an application for studying in canada a student must have:

  • A letter of acceptance from the university.
  • Proof of financial sufficient funds to cover the tuition fee and living expenses in canada.
  • Valid Passport with a clean record.
  • Passport-sized Photographs
  • Immigration Medical Examination (IME)
  • English Language Test Score
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Credit Card

Once a prospective student meets the eligibility criteria and has the correct documents, he or she may apply for a study permit. This can be done online or by paper. A paper application must be submitted to a visa processing office outside of Canada.

Work While Studying

Canadas immigration policies are flexible with work policies for students study in canada. As an international student in Canada, you may be able to get a job without a work permit during your studies. Students are also allowed to work outside their educational institute they are registered with. The student is allowed to work upto 20 hours a week during the regular academic session and work work full time during scheduled session breaks.


On campus options are also open for the students where the employers may include the school, a faculty member, a students organization , a private contractor that provides service to school or being self employed.

Work after studying

International students who complete the post secondary program may be eligible to apply for post graduation work permit program. The PGWP program grants freedom to international students to work for different employers in different locations. These programs do not require Labour Market Impact Assessment(LMIA) for successful applicants. Under this program, the international graduates receive an open work permit for upto 3 years. This allows them to work for any Canadian employer in any industry without the requirement of a Canadian job offer at the time of applying.

Recently, in 2019, the canadian government has extended the time to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit from 90 to 180 days (six months) after obtaining a transcript and an official letter from the eligible DLI confirming that the requirements to complete the program of study have been met.

He candidate will however be required to meet the following eligibility criteria :

  • Certification of completion of studies in an academic, vocational or professional program. The program should be atleast 8 months long.
  • Must have held a full time student status in canada.
  • Must have graduated from a public post-secondary institute like a technical institute, a college, a university or a private school which awards a degree under the provisional law.

Graduates from QUBEC must meet additional criteria outlined by the authorities depending upon the type of diploma issued.

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Open work permits

Under Canadian immigration regulations, foreign spouses and common-law partners of temporary foreign workers and foreign students, who themselves want to work in Canada, will need an open work permit.

In addition to this, the canadian government also allows spouse and common law partners being sponsored through the spousal sponsorship category to be granted an open to work status while their application of permanent residency is being setup.

The holder of an open work permit can work for any Canadian employer, without first having a confirmed offer of employment. An open work permit is not job-specific.


Under Canada immigration regulations, open work permits may be applied for by:

  • The spouses or common-law partners of foreign temporary workers;
  • The spouses or common-law partners of foreign students;
  • International students who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

For a detailed information on exploring options of working in canada, contact our experts today.

Atlantic Immigartion Pilot

A new ‘pilot’ program was launched by the Atlantic Province of Canada in 2017. As its evident from its name, its first of its kind program and is subject to change. This program aims to accept a maximum number of 2,000 new immigrants each year, with quotas increasing to 4,000 by 2020. It is unique because it allow designated employers from the Atlantic province to hire foreign nationals without obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) assessing the impact of hiring a foreign national in Canada. A positive LMIA indicates that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill a position, therefore enabling an employer to hire a foreign national.


The designated employers assist eligible foreign nationals with the submission of permanent residency applications and long-term settlement. Canada’s Atlantic provinces include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Islands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few ways to come to Canada as a student. For example, you can study in Canada under a Canada Study Permit. It is also possible in some cases to study in Canada without a study permit. While you are here studying, it is also possible to work while studying in Canada. However, the first step is to find a Canadian school that you would like to attend and a study program that matches your goals and ambitions. Our partners at SchoolMatch can assist you. Once you have learned more, you can then fill out a free online assessment form to learn more about obtaining a study permit for Canada.
Once you have been accepted, it's time to apply for a Canada Study Permit. Fill out a free assessment form to get more information about how we can help you obtain your study permit.You can also explore ways to study in Canada without a study permit to see if any of those options are available to you. Before you come to Canada, we also recommend that you learn about working while studying in Canada.
Your first step is to find a Canadian school that interests you. No matter your educational goals, Canada has the perfect educational institution for you. Once you find that school, it's time to apply for admission. Only then will you be able to obtain your Canada Study Permit. Once you have found a few schools in which you are interested, check out our page on applying for admission. Once you have received a letter of admission from a designated educational institution, you can then fill out a free assessment form to learn more about how to begin studying in Canada.
After completing your Canadian studies, Canada has provided ways to encourage you stay, gain work experience, or otherwise contribute to Canada's economy and culture. For example, you may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. You may also be eligible for permanent immigration through the Canadian Experience Class or the Quebec Experience Class. Fill out a free assessment form for Canadian immigration to learn more about your options for remaining in Canada permanently after your studies.
It may be possible for you to work while studying in Canada.
Our CanadaVisa School Search and SchoolMatch sections provide the perfect means to explore all types of learning institutions across Canada

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