Study Visa to Canada from India FAQ
Study Visa to Canada from India FAQ
Are you from India and planning to pursue your postgraduate studies in Canada? If your answer is yes, then you came to the right place! We often get questions about study permits for Indian students wanting to enroll in a Canadian university, so we decided to compile the most recently asked ones and answer them in detail. Remember, the following answers might change depending on the Government of Canada’s rules and conditions. It is best to follow updates from their official website. If you have a question that you did not see below, don’t hesitate to ask us!
How do I get a study permit if I’m in India?
You can receive a study permit by applying for it online. It is totally free and easily accessible (The services are chargeable not free). First, make sure to choose the Canadian university you want to enroll into. Then, register your chosen program. Finally, receive a letter of acceptance from the university. You can then go ahead and fill your online application for your study permit.
What is a letter of acceptance and how can I receive it?
The Canadian university you choose will issue a letter of acceptance if you’re an international student wanting to study in Canada. The letter will show the required tuition fees to pay as well as the start and the end date of your studies. To obtain a letter of acceptance, you must make sure the university is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). The list of DLIs contains names of Canadian schools that are approved by the government to host international students.
What if I do not want to apply online?
If for some reason you can’t apply online or prefer not to, you can get your study permit application filled on paper by going to any Visa Application Centre (VAC) in India. VACs are private companies that have a formal contract with the Government of Canada, and there are ten VACs available all-around India in the name of VFS Global Services. You can find them where an embassy or a consulate is located in each of the following cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune. Keep in mind that VACs can be costly, unlike online applications.
What are the requirements for being admitted into a Canadian university?
Every university in Canada, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, sets a number of requirements for students in order to get accepted. They will vary depending on the university’s requirements. So, it is recommended to contact the desired university you would like to enroll into and ask them about what their specific requirements are. Usually, most universities will expect you to have your high school grades and your English depending on the chosen province.
Should I get a new study permit if I change schools?
Changing your Canadian university or even your program will not change anything about your study permit, and thankfully, you will not have to issue a new one. However, you must take a look at the end date of your study permit in case you need to stay for longer, and you must also inform the Government of Canada about your new school.
Can I work while studying in Canada?
Working while studying is possible and very easy for Indian students in Canada. In fact, you do not need to issue a work permit for certain jobs! During the semester, you are allowed to work in a part-time job for up to 20 hours per week, and if there is a summer vacation, you can work in a full-time job for more hours. How convenient is that? You can find a variety of on-campus and off-campus vacancies, and even internships (also called co-ops).
Can I go back home to India while studying?
Yes! You absolutely can. International students are free to visit their home countries and return to Canada if their travel document allows them to. Keep in mind that study permits are NOT the same as a travel document. Read on to know how to get a travel document once you receive your study permit.
Does a study permit equal a visa?
No, it doesn’t. You cannot enter Canada just by obtaining a study permit. This is how it goes: you apply for a study permit, then it gets accepted, and at the same time an officer from the Government of Canada will issue a visitor visa (TRV) for you, or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) depending on your case. Your TRV or eTA will be your travel documents and they will allow you to enter/exit Canada as an international student. Keep in mind that you don’t need to submit a separate application nor pay any additional fees to get your travel documents.
How long can I stay in Canada with a study permit?
You are allowed stay in Canada with your study permit right until the end date of your studies. Afterwards, the permit will become cancelled in 90 days, meaning you have a period of 3 months to pack your bags and decide what’s your next step after graduation. You can go back to India if you want to or choose to stay in Canada for employment opportunities. If you decide on the latter, you will need to issue a post-graduate work permit. For further assistance on all permits you may want to get a hold of, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are Vazir Group, a trusted immigration company with years of experience in helping Indians immigrate, work, or study in Canada. Drop by or contact our office in New Deli (+91 9311619005) or Chandigarh (+91 8699991145).
How much does living in Canada cost for an international student?
Accommodation in Canada is not considered costly compared to studying abroad in other major countries. On average, international students can expect a yearly cost of 10,000 CAD, roughly equaling 600,000 rupees. Remember, applying for your study permit will require you to provide proof of financial support during your studies in Canada.
What if my study visa is denied and I already paid my tuition fees?
If your study permit was disapproved, you may be able to request a refund from the university. However, as mentioned before, every university has different policies. So make sure to check the refund policies from the university before you apply just in case your study permit is rejected. Usually, students are refunded their tuition but without the administrative fees. It is recommended to keep your rejection documentation because the university may require proof before refunding you. If you can get a hold of your university’s website or phone number, make sure to contact them to find out more.
Will my application get rejected if I couldn’t provide all the required documents?
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will not refuse applications for being incomplete. What they’ll do is return your application along with a request for the missing documents and information. Remember, while filling your study visa application, you should not leave anything blank. If you do so, it will be returned, guaranteed. This will ultimately waste your precious time as your future education is on the line. Try your best to look for the information they’re asking for, and if you don’t fall under any category or option, you can insert N/A, which stands for Not Applicable.
How long will it take to process my study visa application from India?
The processing time for applications is currently not accurate due to the impacts of Covid-19. Therefore, the number of days indicated is a rough estimate and might be changed. Applications for students coming from India will take a period of 4 months approximately to get processed, about 144 days, according to the official website of Canada. For that reason, it is recommended to start your application as soon as you receive the letter of acceptance from the university and have your application fully complete to avoid any delays.
Is there a way I can get my study visa processed faster?
Have you heard of the Student Direct Stream (SDS)? This portal allows faster processing time for study applications, but it has specific requirements. First of all, being an Indian (and living in India) will qualify you to apply. Then, you need to make sure your IELTS score is at least 6.0, or your TEF score is 7.0 or above. And that’s it! Your application will be processed within 20 days provided you include all the needed documents, and the fees you have to pay for SDS will be $150. If you applied for SDS but didn’t meet the eligibility, your application will not be refused. However, it will be reviewed as a regular study permit application with the regular processing time.
What should I know about Canadian universities?
Before starting your journey in Canada, be prepared to get indulged in a vibrant cultural environment. Canadian universities are sophisticated, friendly, and highly renowned for their strong education system. In fact, there are 5 Canadian universities that are ranked among the top 100 best universities in the world. Canada’s modern campuses, world-class programs, and PhD-holding faculty all contribute to its excellent reputation and global recognition. So get ready for an adventure of intellectual development.