As per the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), in 2018, there were as many as 572,415 international students in Canada enrolled at all levels of study.
Each year, many students in India who approach study abroad consultants are told to consider Canada as a viable destination for study abroad.
As per the CBIE International Student Survey, 2018, about 60% of the international students in Canada planned on applying later for Canada PR immigration as well.
If you plan on studying in Canada, you will be requiring a study permit.
What is a Canadian study permit?
Most of the overseas students require a study permit to pursue their studies in Canada.
A study permit is a document issued by the Government of Canada allowing foreign nationals to study at specific Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) in Canada.
What is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)?
Do keep in mind that to apply for a Canadian study permit, you must have in your possession an acceptance letter from a DLI in Canada.
DLIs are those institutions that are approved by the provincial or territorial government in Canada for hosting international students.
What if my DLI loses its DLI status after I get my study permit?
In such a scenario, you can continue with your program of study till the expiry of your current permit.
However, renewal of your study permit is only possible if you enroll at another DLI.
Am I eligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program for Canada?
Do keep in mind that not all DLIs make you eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for Canada.
Also, even if your DLI is eligible for the Program, you will have to meet various other criteria for the same. Search for further details on a post-graduation work permit for Canada from the official website of the Canadian Government.
Even if you are not eligible for PGWP, you can still stay on in Canada and work on 2 types of work permits –
- Openwork permit
- Employer-specific work permit
Is my Canadian study permit my visa as well?
No. Your study permit is not a visa.
You cannot enter Canada on your study permit alone. You will require an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or visitor visa for entering the country, which will be issued to you when your study permit is approved.
What is the Student Direct Stream?
Nationals of the following countries can apply online through the Student Direct Stream –
You can get your study permit within 20 calendar days when you apply through the Student Direct Stream.
How long can I stay in Canada on my study permit?
Usually, a study permit for Canada is valid for the duration of the study program, plus an additional 90 days.
This 90 days’ period is given for making preparations for leaving the country or for applying for an extension of stay, whichever is applicable.
How can I study in Canada cheap?
Compared to other countries across the world, higher education in Canada is generally more affordable.
Do keep in mind that the tuition fees varies based on the factors of – province, educational institution, and the course opted for.
Strategic planning as to where exactly in Canada do you plan on studying can also greatly affect the overall costs that you incur.
As per Statista, a German portal dealing with statistics, based on the average tuition fees for a full-time undergraduate program in Canada in 2019-20, while Nova Scotia costs the most (at CAD 8,368), Newfoundland and Labrador costs the least (at CAD 3,038).
You can also apply for various scholarships that can further bring down your educational expenses in Canada.
Can I work while studying in Canada?
When in Canada on a student permit, you can –
- Work on campus
- Work off-campus
- Work in Canada after completing your graduation
- Work as a co-op student or intern
- Help your spouse or your common-law partner work in Canada
Once you successfully complete your graduation in Canada, you can either get a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) or even immigrate permanently via Express Entry.
Study overseas in Canada can be the perfect gateway for you to realize your dream of migrate to Canada eventually.
The right planning and well-thought-out decisions can successfully pave your way to lasting success in Canada.
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Posted on November 2, 2019