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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.


Documents Checklist for SPP (STUDENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM):

  • Application form fully completed (all questions answered), dated and signed, indicating your personal mailing address, reliable phone contact, and your personal email address (if you agree to e-mail communications).
  • Original, valid passport for yourself, as well as a photocopy of the bio data page.
  • Family Information Form and Student Questionnaire (leaving no gaps).
  • Two passport photographs with a white background for yourself and each family member requesting a visa. The photographs should have your name printed on the back, dated and taken in the past 6 months.
  • Letter of Acceptance from your SPP educational institute in Canada stating unconditional admission, course title, duration of study, level of study, start date (multiple start dates, if applicable) and latest possible date of admission.
  • Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) (if applicable) go through below link to find all paper applications
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/student.asp?countrySelect=IN#applications
  • IELTS test results taken within last 24 months with overall band not less than 6.0, with no individual band lower than 5.5.
  • Photocopy of the most recent diploma/leaving certificate, and most recent mark sheets (for entire program; consolidated mark sheets are NOT acceptable)
  • Copy of receipts for tuition payment provided by the SPP institution.
  • Proof of funds: You MUST demonstrate the purchase of a special (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution, in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for your first year in Canada. Please consult page 2 for information on how to obtain a GIC. Official GIC document is mandatory.
  • Copy of medical examination form IMM1017 if you opted to undergo a medical examination before submitting your application.

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


Fees & Processing time for Canada Student Visa

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.