Global Grid Immigration Solutions is a Canadian immigration consultancy firm based in Toronto (GTA).
Every year, over 130,000 international students choose to study at Canadian universities. The country provides world class education which is recognized globally. Research is one of the key components of a graduate student. The universities support the students who come out with best research ideas and many scholarships are given to students for their research works.
Here are some of the reasons why international students wish to study in Canada:
Canadian universities and colleges offer three intakes. Intakes may also be referred to as a semester in some institutions. The three intakes available in Canada are:
We would advise you to apply well in advance because admissions and scholarships get difficult when you apply closer to the deadline. It is better to apply 6 to 9 months before the academic session starts.
There are two sets of requirements you must consider when applying for a Canadian study permit: eligibility requirements, and requirements while studying in Canada.
You must meet these criteria in order to be eligible to apply for a study permit:
Acceptance Letter: You must have an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in order to apply for a Canadian study permit.
Proof of Financial Support: You must provide documentation proving that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of tuition for your first year of study as well as the cost of living (housing, food, etc.) for yourself and any accompanying family members for your first year of study. Please note that these funds can be under your name or the name of a family member or close friend.
Supporting Documentation: Extensive supporting documentation must be submitted with your study permit application. This documentation varies from country-to-country.
When you apply for your permit, the visa officer will confirm to ensure you meet the requirements. If the visa officer is not satisfied, they will refuse your application.
Requirements while studying in Canada
If your study permit is approved and you enter Canada as an international student, you must meet the requirements below in order to maintain the validity of your study permit. While studying in Canada under a study permit, a foreign national must:
You may be able to work off-campus without a work permit if you meet the following requirements:
Work as an Intern
Co-op students or interns need to get a work permit in order to work in Canada. Requirements include:
Study as a Path to Permanent Residency
Many international students in Canada finish their studies with the hopes of obtaining work and remaining in Canada permanently. Often students apply for work through Post Graduate Work Permits and then a work visa to stay temporarily. In certain Express Entry categories, students may be eligible for permanent residence without any work experience. After having gained academic and work experience in Canada, they may have more options to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
A well-planned and complete application will increase your likelihood of acceptance and will save you from hassle. We can help you draft your application and arrange the required documents.
Our goal is to help everyone that is interested in immigrating to Canada. Contact us and we can provide numerous options for you. We will review your case before you submit it to give you the best possible outcome.
A Canada Student Visa will require you to score a minimum of 5.5 bands in each of the 4 IELTS segments for Undergraduate Courses with an overall minimum score of 6.0 and plus. Graduate Courses require 6.5 bands score with at least a score of 6.0 in each of the 4 segments.
The processing time varies from country to country. For Canada study permits, anyone applying from India can expect a processing time of around 20 calendar days. As Indians are eligible for applying under the Student Direct Stream [SDS], they can expect a faster processing time for their study permit for Canada. A legal resident living in any 1 of certain countries – India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Morocco, Senegal, Vietnam, and China – can apply under the SDS. Do note that a study permit is not a visa and you cannot enter or travel to Canada on your study permit alone. You will also require either an electronic travel authorization [eTA] or a visitor visa. If required, the same will be issued along with your study permit.
Submitting ITR – Income Tax Return as evidence of income has not been listed specifically among the mandatory documents for submission. However, Canada Student Visa applicants must note that:
You must prepare for standardized tests such as TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS based on the requirements of the university or course you are applying to. You must register for these tests in advance. Prior preparation for these tests is also necessary. You can do this by attending coaching classes or taking online courses. Sometimes you may have to retake these tests to get the qualifying score.
Before you leave for Canada, ensure that you have enough funds that will take care of your entire period of stay in the country. This should include funds for tuition fees, accommodation, food, clothes, local travel and other expenses. You must plan on how you will fund these expenses either with your personal savings, educational loans, scholarship etc.
Students going to Canada must buy a special guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) from any of the participating banks such as Nova Scotia Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Canada Bank, CIBC Bank for an amount of CAD 10,200 to facilitate the adjustment of the living expenses of the first year. With the GIC the student will receive CAD 2000 on arrival in Canada. The rest of the money will be paid in 12 equal installments to take care of his monthly living expenses.
Canada’s immigration policy allows the spouse and minor dependents of student visa holders to come to Canada to work and study. The spouse of a dependent visa holder can work in Canada on an open work permit. They can work for any employer in Canada and does not require an LMIA or job offer before arrival in the country. The work permit will have the same period of validity as the study permit Minor children of student visa holders can study and do not require a study permit to pursue their education in Canada. To bring dependents the student visa aspirant can apply for his dependents concurrently or wait for his student visa application to be approved before making his application for his dependents. The following relations can be sponsored for a dependent visa:
Generally, every university in Canada has different scholarship options available. International students might apply for various scholarships for studying abroad in Canada.
International students can work 20 hours a week while studying abroad in Canada.
An international student is eligible for – 1-year post study work permit after the completion of 1-year study in Canada 3-years post study work permit following the completion of a course of 2 or more years in Canada.
An applicant can be refused for a number of reasons. He or she may lack proof of sufficient funds, or proof that they will stay for only a temporary basis. If this happens, it is important to take a close look at the application to understand what went wrong. From here, an individual may be able to reapply and often times have success the second time around if all issues are fixed.