Canada Student Visa Procedure
International students are required to obtain a Study Permit before going to Canada. The student can apply for Study permit under the Student Partners Program (SPP) & non (SPP) of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Immigration Programs in New Delhi , Chandigarh & Bangalore.
To qualify for Study Permit Application under SPP the student should hold an unconditional offer letter from one of the universities / colleges that are included under this scheme. SPP is currently open to Indian nationals only. Allow at least two months for your Visa to be processed.
Note: To file Study Permit application under SPP, it is mandatory to show a GIC certificate obtained from Scotia Bank proving that funds to the extent of CAD$ 10000 are available as living costs for the student. Please find below link to create the account at Scotia Bank. http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/0,,5698,00.html
As proof of financial support, you will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family in Canada.
Applying for a study permit in Canada is stated to cost $CAN 150. Beyond this, the minimum amount you would need to study in Canada is $10,000 plus tuition fees for a 12-month period outside Quebec, and $11,000 plus tuition for the same period in Quebec, for a single student. This amount will increase with the addition of each additional family member.
Processing time is the time taken by the CIC to take a decision about the application you filed. It will be counted from the day CIC receives an application to the final decision day. There is no specific day or time mentioned when you check the processing time. The visa offices update processing time tool weekly on the whole, and only show the time which it took to process 80% of the applications.
All online applications can be viewed on your MyCIC account, which is where you also have to deposit your fee.
As for paper applications, you are again required to have a MyCIC account where you can receive in-depth and real-time information about your application status.
You will also receive online messages regarding your application. But there is no standard time to process an application. It just gives a general idea of how long a process takes.