In order to study in Canada, international students usually require a Study Permit. This is a document available only after a college, university, or other accredited educational institution has accepted you. Study Permits are only available for those accepted to schools designated to accept international students. Designated learning institutions appear on the official Designated Learning Institutions list, but only at the post-secondary level. Primary and secondary schools throughout the country are automatically deemed as designated institutions.
How Can I Get a Canadian Study Permit?
Once a post-secondary student determines which schools are designated and is accepted into one, he must then put together the appropriate documentation to apply for his Study Permit. Interestingly enough, not all students technically require a Study Permit, if the program is less than 6 months, you will not require a Study Permit. However, it is advisable to obtain a Study Permit because it will allow you to obtain a "Work Permit" allowing you to work part-time on campus and possibly off-campus when you are a full-time student.
The Essential Documents
The most basic document list required by the visa office for a Study Permit includes:
- Proof of acceptance into the designated institution
- Proof of identity
- Proof of financial support
- Letter of explanation (a letter explaining why you are requesting a Study Permit)
To apply for a Study Permit, you can do so online or on paper by visiting the Canadian visa office in your home country. Processing times vary based on location, and you can check the expected turnaround times online.
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