If you’re planning to study in Canada, one of the most important steps is to obtain a study visa. A study visa allows you to enter Canada and study at a recognized institution. In this blog post, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to prepare a study visa application.
Step 1: Choose a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
- The first step in preparing a study visa application for Canada is to choose a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). A DLI is a college or university that has received permission from the Canadian government to accept foreign students. The website of the Canadian government contains a list of DLI institutions.
Step 2: Get a letter of acceptance from a DLI
- After selecting a DLI, you must request an institution’s letter of admission; letters are usually provided once you paid your tuition fee. Your program of study, its duration, and its start and finish dates should all be mentioned in the acceptance letter.
Step 3: Collect the necessary documents
- You will require these documents to apply for a student visa (some are not listed here because they might change depending on your profile or nationality):
- Valid passport
- Two current photographs
- A DLI’s letter of acceptance
- Financial evidence
- Application form
- A certificate of police clearance (if applicable)
Step 4: Apply for a Study Permit
- You can submit a study permit application once you have gathered all the necessary paperwork. You have the option of applying online or on paper.
Step 5: Wait for the result
- You’ll have to wait until your application is processed after you’ve submitted it. Depending on the visa office and season, processing times will change. On the website of the Canadian government, you can check the processing times: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html
Step 6: Find out the outcome
- The visa office will inform you of their decision following the processing of your application. If your application is accepted, you’ll get a government letter and study visa. If your application is rejected, the letter will state the reasons why and brief instructions for the appeal process.
In conclusion, careful planning and preparation are needed to obtain a study visa.
At Uvanu we help you gather all the documentation, review it, send it to the government, and prepare your arrival to avoid any mishap. Contact us to connect with a consultant.