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Study in Canada, July 2018

Current and upcoming changes for studying in Canada. We did the homework so you won't.


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Study in Canada, July 2018
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on July 29, 2018 | Canada

Basics of Studying in Canada

Starting July 31, 2018, applicants from Europe, the Middle East or Aftrica will need to have fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when applying for a study permit. Applicants from Asia would be informed if they need the same by December 2018.

Before you apply for a study permit at a specific Canadian Embassy or Consulate, you must already have:

  • An acceptance letter from a college, university or educationa institution that is on the list of designated learning institutions (DLI)
  • Valid passport or travel document
  • Proof of funds - that you have enough money to pay for you’re the cost of the selected academic program or course (such as tuition fees and living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
  • Establish eligibility as a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada
  • Be in good health. You may need to complete a medical exam.
  • Provide ability and willingness to leave Canada at the end of the academic program (your studies) as required. onvince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies.

Apply for a study permit outside Canada - Submitting your Study Permit Application with the Canadian Embassy, Makati

Applicants from the Philippines or Vietnam? You might be able to get your study permit faster by using the Student Direct Stream.  Qualified applicants usually get the visa decision in 30-45 days.

How to apply for a study permit.. There are two ways to apply:

Apply online - if you have access to:

  • A laptop, destop computer, hybrid tablet
  • The web or internet connection.
  • A scanner or digital camera to make electronic copies of your documents for uploading, and
  • Valid credit card to pay visa fees and related fees with.

Apply on paper

For applicants who have no access to a laptop, desktop, internet and the equipment listed above, you may submit your application through a desilgnated Visa Application Center or prepare and submit the application yourself by:

1. Downloading and completing the most recent application package.  Incomplete or inadequately prepared applications will not be processed and instead returned to you.

2. Pay the current application fees in Canadian dollars or if advised, the equivalent in Philippine currency. If you apply on paper at a Visa Application Center (VAC), you will also have to pay the VAC services fees. These fees are SEPARATE from the IRCC/Canadian Emb assy application fees.

3. Submit your application. If applying with members of your family, you should send the applications in one package you (the principal applicant) will have your application processed. 

Medical information.  A visa officer will send you instructions on how to have your medical exam done as needed.. 

Security information - Applicants 18 years old and over would have to provide an NBI Clearance and police certificate from each country that you have stayed, resided in for 6 months or more.

Processing time. As of July 29 (when this update was written) the processing time for study permits are as follows (result directly from the Canadian Embassy/IRCC website- SIX (6) weeks.  This does not incliude the transit time between the VAC and IRCC office.  Incomplete applications will result in delays.

About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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