Student Visa Requirements In Canada

A valid passport and a valid long term stay permit (student visa) is required to enter and study in Canada. The making of a new passport, if the student does not already have one, can take from several weeks to a couple of months. The visa process too can take from a few days in some cases to up to 2-3 months in others. Therefore it would be wise to factor these in when you start planning the course intake in which you plan to study.

Here is some information with regard to Visa Procedures and Requirements.

The visa is a legal document that allows a person to enter that country and stay for the duration stipulated on the document, for the reason it was granted. A student therefore requires a student visa that allows him/ her to stay for the duration of the course study and also allows him/her certain privileges (such as permit to work part time) as per the rules of that country.

An applicant must be able to convince the Consulate Representative handling the visa that she/he has “a permanent residence in India which he/she has no intention of abandoning.”

Each case is different and scrutinized individually and hence there is no standard or ‘foolproof’ procedure for obtaining visas. A prospective must be able to demonstrate the genuineness of his visit. A few examples of circumstances that applicants have submitted as proof of return are: evidence of a good job, sizeable finances or property, family and a good social standing.

However this does not mean that the officer would accept all these papers, nor that it guarantees a visa being granted. One must remember that today the number of visa applications received is so large, that it often is not possible to get them done within the normal working hours of the Consulate. It is important therefore to understand that one must submit only necessary, genuine and relevant documents and also be ready and able to answer any questions asked by the interviewing officer, quickly and precisely.

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) of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Immigration Programs in New Delhi and Chandigarh. 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 atleast two months for your Visa to be processed.



  • Checklist – Ensure you attach this checklist as a cover sheet on your application
  • Current Passport
  • Application form (two recent, original passport-sized photos to be attached to form)
  • Personal Information Form
  • Student Questionnaire (please use questionnaire attached to this message until the questionnaire is up-dated on the web-site)
  • Letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institution showing planned start and end date of program and any conditions upon acceptance into program
  • Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476)
  • For Quebec-bound students only- Copy of Certificat d’acceptation du Québec-CAQ


  • IELTS test results taken within last 24 months with overall band not less than 6.0
  • Copy of: most recent diploma/leaving certificate, and most recent mark sheets
  • Other educational certificates/diplomas/degrees (including mark sheets)


  • Copy of receipts for payment provided by the Canadian educational institution (pre- payment of first term is recommended)
  • Copy of an Educational Loan from an Indian Chartered Bank equivalent to at least 80% of tuition + living + travel expenses for one academic year (normally, first year’s tuition unless already paid, plus $8000). See information on the next page for the list of acceptable banks
  • Form 16 for salaried employees or income tax return document
  • Bank record showing transaction history for: current month, as well as bank record from 6 months ago, and from 1 year ago for the same bank account


  • Copy of medical examination form IMM1017 if you opted to undergo a medical examination before submitting your application. Submission of this form does not guarantee approval of your application


  • It is not mandatory to complete a medical examination prior to submission of your application. However, doing so may result in faster processing. Medical results are valid for one year
  • Only one application per person per semester will be processed under the SPP (Student Partnership Program). Subsequent applications for the same semester following a refusal will NOT form part of SPP processing
  • To file Study Permit application under SPP, it is mandatory to take an Educational Loan from an Indian Chartered Bank (Approved by Canadian High Commission)
  • After reviewing your application, the Visa officer will decide if an interview is necessary. The Visa interview will be taken at CHC, New Delhi


To download the Study Permit Application Kit, kindly visit:

To study at a Canadian university, you will need a study permit. You may also need a visitor visa, which will be issued to you at the same time as your study permit. We can assist you to obtain the study permit. It is best to apply early, as processing of a study permit usually takes one or two months. There is a processing charge of $125 Cdn (approximately $80 US) for one person. If you plan to study in the province of Quebec you must pay another $100 Cdn for a Certificate d’acceptation du Québec. There is no fee for a visa when it is issued with a study permit. Note: You must be sure to arrive in Canada with a valid study permit (and visitor visa, if required).