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Everything about Canada Student Visa Requirements

Every Year, tens of thousands of students visit Canada to pursue higher education at a Canadian DLI (Designated Learning Institution). Known for its welcoming community, premium quality education, safe colleges and much more. When in Canada, students will experience the finest quality of life and get endless learning and research opportunities.

If you are willing to visit Canada as an international student to complete a long-term study program, you must apply for study permit in Canada. It's a document which is issued by the Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and allows a foreign national to study at a Canadian institution.

To qualify for a Canada student visa, you must meet the eligibility criteria and understand application process.

Documentation Requirement for Canada Student Visa

Documentation is an essential part of admission and study visa process. For Canada student visa, you need following documents:

  • Letter of Acceptance: To apply for a student visa, you must obtain a "letter of acceptance" from Canadian DLI and submit it along with your study permit application.
  • Identity proof: You must submit a valid passport or any other travel document along you’re your photographs and a birth certificate.
  • Enough proof of funds: You must have enough proof of funds and supporting documents.
  • Explanation letter: You must submit an explanation letter to demonstrate your purpose of choosing a particular study program in Canada to the visa officer.
  • A certificat d'acceptation du québec (caq): You need it only if you want to study in Quebec, Canada.
  • A declaration of custodian: It is required only in case of minor applicant.

Proof of funds requirement

You have to provide enough proof of funds as evidence that you can support yourself and your accompanying family members (if any) in Canada financially.

Minimum funds requirement in Canada for an international student:

No. of People

Funds required annually (excluding tuition)

Funds required monthly (additional to tuition)


CAN$ 10,000

CAN$ 833

First family member

CAN$ 4,000

CAN$ 333

Each additional accompanying family member

CAN$ 3,000

CAN$ 255


Please note, the above-mentioned amount is applicable to those applying Outside Quebec and is subject to change at the discretion of federal government of Canada.

As a proof of financial support, you can submit any of the following:

  • Canadian bank account proof which is in your name, in case you have transferred the money
  • Student or education loan proof from a bank
  • Bank statements for last 4 months
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a Canadian financial institution
  • Tuition and housing fees payment proofs
  • Bank draft, which can be easily converted into Canadian dollars
  • Funding proof which is paid from within Canada, like, a scholarship or Canadian-funded educational program
  • Letter from a school or an individual who is providing you money

Canada’s Admissibility Criteria

To enter Canada, you must prove that you don't have any criminal background by submitting a Police Clearance Certificate. Also, you must provide a medical examination certificate to prove that you are in good health condition, both mentally and physically.

Biometrics Requirement

Based upon your country of residence or origin, you must get your biometrics done at a Visa Application Centre.

Canada Study Permit- Application process

In order to apply online for Canadian study permit from outside Canada, you may follow the stepwise process mentioned below:

# 1: Select a Canadian college, university or any other educational institution where you wish to study and obtain your letter of acceptance.

# 2: Check whether you require a Study Visa or you fall under the exemptions.

# 3: Once you receive an acceptance letter from DLI, start with your application process.

# 4: Gather and submit required documents.

# 5: Meet the language requirement and submit a proof of English language skills (if you don't belong to an English-speaking country).

# 6: Wait until a final decision is taken after proper application processing, which generally takes approximately 5- 12 weeks’ time.

# 7: Get your Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction, which will be linked to your passport you’re your study permit application is approved.

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