Canada study visa and requirements

Applying Canadian study visa or study permit is a complex process. Due to its complexity, if the first application is refused due to improper submission, the next application will become more complicated and involve more intense work. Hence, before choosing a program and applying for a visa, you must consult a licensed immigration consultant to learn the best practices.

Expertise Immigration will be happy to assist and guide you with your study permit application.

 Now, let’s see the Canada study visa requirements such as process, cost, and some dos & don’ts.



The student needs to get admission from an eligible Canadian university/college, the so-called Designated Learning Institute (DLI).

You need to prepare/gather the following documents to apply for admission:

  • Passport pages
  • Educational documents
  • IELTS-academic mark sheet (Mostly required score is 6.5 average with NO BAND less than 6.0 individual area of IELTS)
  • Resume (optional)
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)
  • Application Fees (Range 100 CAD to 250 CAD)

Expertise Immigration will help you to find the right course and the right institution. Expertise Immigration is partnered with a number of Canadian universities/colleges/schools to serve you better.


Most people need a visa to travel to Canada. Once you receive admission from the DLI, now it is time to apply for a study visa. Based on your nationality and the country of residence, the documents list will vary. Most candidates need the following documents.

  • Letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) (Note: College will issue the acceptance letter only after the payment of deposit/tuition fee.)
  • Tuition fees can be in the range between 12,000 CAD to 25, 000 CAD per year.
  • Guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) for 10, 000 CAD
  • a valid passport or travel document
  • Financial proof
  • proof of medical exam completed
  • Statement of Purpose or Letter of intent to study in Canada
  • Application Fees 150 CAD + Biometrics Fee 85 CAD.

A lot of study visa applications are refused due to incomplete submission. Many of them would have missed to include any important piece of information or would have added any unwanted information that made the officer take a negative decision.

No one can guarantee approval or influence a positive decision on your visa application. However, Expertise Immigration will do our best to submit a complete application and follow up with IRCC until a decision is made.  

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  1. The college/university/school should be a DLI.
  2. The program should be eligible to get a Postgraduate work permit. If the program is not eligible, you may have to go back to your country or find another way to continue to stay in Canada.
  3. Do not choose an unlicensed representative. Choose the CICC authorized immigration consultant who is allowed to provide immigration advice and assistance. Click the link to see your immigration consultant is licensed or not.

4. Program length and the postgraduate work permit: Based on the length of the program, a postgraduate work permit is given. Two years of study will get you a 3 years work permit. So, be smart while choosing the program length. Note: The Post-graduation work permit is given only once in a lifetime.

5. Plan ahead and gather the documents.  For any program intake, prepare to apply before 6 to 9 months to get admission and complete the visa process.

5. Know your expenses in advance: Prepare to pay the first tuition fee immediately after admission. Most colleges give only 15 – 20 days time to pay the initial deposit or full annual tuition fee. An approximate annual tuition fee can be anywhere from 12,000 CAD to 25, 000 CAD per year depending on the course and the college. If the student depends on the Bank loan, make sure you make the necessary arrangements.


1. Never misrepresent. The IRCC takes misrepresentation offenses very seriously. If your application is refused on the basis of Misrepresentation IRPA 40(1), the person will be banned for a period of 5 years.

2. Never choose a program that is not aligned with your previous education/experience/an area of interest. Always go through the program coursework, duration, and the other details from the College/University website.

3.  Never depend on only one program. Always apply to at least two programs from two different DLIs. Otherwise, you may also lose the chance to get admission in a particular intake.

4. No information is silly. Hence, Take time to complete the application accurately and review it thoroughly.

5. Do not provide any irrelevant documents with your application. It may cause a delay in the process.

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