Canada has long been a popular destination for Indian students seeking a world-class education. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the Canadian government’s visa requirements for international students. In particular, the Canadian government has introduced a new points-based system for assessing student visa applications. This system considers the applicant’s academic qualifications, English language proficiency, and financial resources. The pandemic has also led to delays in the processing of student visa applications. In some cases, applications have taken up to six months to be processed.
If you are an Indian student who is interested in studying in Canada, here are some tips from some of the best immigration consultants in Chennai for applying for a student visa:
New Rules for Canada Student Visas
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
In the wake of the global pandemic, health and safety are paramount. As such, the Canadian government has implemented several vaccination requirements for international students who wish to study in Canada. One of the most significant requirements is that all international students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before applying for a study permit. This requirement applies to all vaccines the Canadian government accepts, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
Score on the English Language Proficiency Exam
Though not required at the time of application, we highly advise you to take the English Language Proficiency Test and get your English Language Proficiency Score before beginning your Visa Application Process. You must submit your English language competence score, such as TOEFL, IELTS, and other tests, to confirm your acceptance to the Canadian University.
Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
You must secure a valid Letter of Acceptance or LOA from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada to set the wheels in motion for your Canada student visa application.
Financial Proof Demonstrating financial stability is a crucial aspect of your application. You must prove that you possess enough funds to cover tuition fees and your living expenses during your study program, as Canadian Immigration considers a student would require at least CAD 8,000 to 10,000 for every year of their stay; however, the exact amount required depends on your program’s length and location.
Medical Examination and Police Certificate
You must undergo a medical examination and present a police clearance certificate as part of the application procedure. These processes assure your readiness to study in Canada and help to keep the Canadian community secure.
How to Apply for a Student Visa From India
Applying for a Canada student visa from India has become more accessible, thanks to the Chennai visa consultants and the convenience of online applications through the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) website. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown to guide you:
Gather Your Documents
You will need to gather the following documents to apply for a Canada student visa:
- Valid passport
- Visa application form (IMM 1294)
- Proof of acceptance from the Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
- Proof of funds (you must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependents while you are in Canada)
- Language proficiency test results (if required by your school)
- Medical examination report
- Police clearance certificate
- Statement of purpose
- Proof of travel arrangements
Choose a Visa Consultant
If you are not comfortable applying for a visa on your own, you can choose to work with an immigration consultant. Visa consultants can help you with the application process, from gathering your documents to submitting your application.
Submit Your Application
Once you have gathered your documents and chosen a visa consultant, you can submit your application online through the IRCC website or at the visa application center (VAC).
Pay the Application Fee
The application fee for a Canada student visa is CAD 150, and book an appointment at the nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). You can pay the application fee online through the IRCC website.
Track Your Application
You can track the status of your application online through the IRCC website.
Croyez Immigration: Where Your Study Abroad Journey Begins
Are you a student in Chennai or other parts of India looking to study abroad in Canada? Croyez Immigration can help! We are one of the best immigration consultants in Chennai with a proven track record of success. We have helped hundreds of students get their visas and study in Canada. We understand the complex immigration process and can help you every step of the way. We will work with you to choose the right program, gather the necessary documentation, and submit your application.
We will also be there to support you throughout the process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you study in Canada.