Canadian Study Visa Tips for 2024

A webinar on Canadian Study Visa Tips 2024 was organised on 12 April.

Here are some Key Takeaways:

  • Introduction of the hosts and the purpose of the webinar which aims to guide prospective students on Canadian educational opportunities and visa processes.
  • Overview of the webinar platform, introducing the co-host and explaining the agenda for the session focused on education in Canada.
  • Insight into the company hosting the webinar, its achievements, and partnerships, including major banks and NBFCs. The platform acts as India’s first education financing marketplace.
  • Discussion on the reasons to choose Canada for higher studies, highlighting Canada’s multicultural environment, high-quality education, and safe living conditions.
  • Detailed explanation of the Student Direct Stream (SDS), a system designed to expedite the Canadian study visa process, which has proven efficient with quick visa approvals.
  • Guidance on the application process for Canadian universities, including requirements such as language proficiency tests, educational documents, financial proofs, and medical exams.
  • Information on various intake seasons in Canada (September, January, May) and how to align applications with these timelines.
  • Updates on Canadian immigration policies affecting international students, such as changes in work permit eligibility and the introduction of the Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL).
  • Financial planning for studying in Canada, discussing the costs associated with education, living, and compliance with visa regulations.
  • Q&A session addressing specific concerns from webinar participants about the application process, visa categories, and family visa options.

Questions and Answers

  • Q: Can students from all countries apply for a Canadian study visa under the SDS category?
    A: Not all countries are eligible for the SDS category. Those not eligible can apply under the general category, which has different requirements.
  • Q: What is the Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL), and why is it important?
    A: PAL is a new requirement that confirms a quota of international students a college can admit. It is crucial for visa applications.
  • Q: Can I apply for a spouse visa along with my study visa?
    A: Spouse visas are currently only available to those applying for master’s programs. Those in other programs cannot bring their spouse under the same application.
  • Q: What are the work permit rules for graduates in Canada?
    A: Graduates of two-year programs can get up to three years of a work permit. The rules vary slightly depending on the length of the program and the level of study (undergraduate vs. master’s).
  • Q: What financial proofs are required for the study visa application under SDS?
    A: For SDS applications, you must pay the first year’s tuition and a living expense upfront, so additional financial proofs are not generally required unless not applying under SDS.