CJMigration is excited to announce that we will now be processing student visas to CANADA!

Did you know Canada consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the world and boasts an education system that is ranked among the best. Canada is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world, with over 50% of the population having English as a second language. It’s no wonder students from all around the world choose Canada to pursue their studies.

So, what does it mean to study in Canada? Read on to find out more about what you can to expect


More than 350,000 International students come to study in Canada every year. The Government of Canada has expressed its commitment to attract more international students to Canada and ultimately tap into this source for highly educated workers to contribute to its labor force. Canada has outlined its overall policy objectives related to student recruitment in its Budget and accompanying economic plan, Advantage Canada, in which it stated that it encourages the “best foreign students to attend Canadian colleges and universities by marketing the excellence of Canada’s post-secondary education system”. This is accompanied by policy objectives designed to retain international students to pursue a “knowledge advantage” in which Canada will create “the best-educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world”.

Studying in Canada, gives you:

  • Globally recognized credentials
  • An international experience to build skills for life
  • A challenging and rewarding academic path to fulfill your goals
  • Affordable tuition and living expenses
  • A welcoming, safe and student-focused environment

Few Important Facts to know:

  • September, January and May start dates. Application deadlines are generally 3-4 months in advance. Include your complete academic transcripts including mid-term grades and, where required, language test scores.
  • It is possible to get a ‘Conditional’ Acceptance from the college in Canada, without submitting the IELTS. But for the visa it is advisable to have IELTS. So, it is advisable to do IELTS test before applying for College acceptance as most of the Institutes require them before they issue a Firm Offer.
  • Effective 01 Jun 2014, students are allowed to work from Day 1 on or off campus. The work entitlement will be for 20 hours per week for any employer.
  • Your family members who also wish to come to Canada must apply by filling out their own temporary residence application (visitor, student or worker).
  • Your accompanying children may attend school in Canada. You must apply for their study permit at the same time as your application.
  • Students must get medical insurance as well; sometimes this is charged along with the course fees itself.
  • Students can apply for a post-graduation work permit—a one-time opportunity—during the 180-day transition period on completion of their academic program if they fulfill all of the requirements. There is no need for HRSDC confirmation.
  • A work permit under the Post Graduate Work Permit Program cannot be valid for a period longer than the length of the student’s studies.
  • Every student coming to Canada must come with the intention to leave back to their country of origin after their studies. However there are some Immigration programs under CEC (Canadian Experience Class) and some Provincial Programs where students can apply for Permanent Residence if they fulfil the required conditions.
  • If you have already arrived in Canada and do not attend an academic institution, removal procedures may be initiated against you.
  • An average expense for a single person in Canada is $10,000 per year.
  • Program fees vary between $10,000 and $18,000 per year based on various factors

College/University Acceptance Letter Procedures:

To apply for a course or a college in Canada, students must understand the recruitment process and follow the laid out procedures:

  • Courses start date in all the colleges & universities are in January, May & September. There is a big rush for these start dates, hence for any students approaching you, please plan way in advance (minimum 4-5 months) to start the application process.
  • A few institutions run their programs on a more frequent basis and offer intakes such as monthly, every other month or months other than Jan, May, Sept.
  • All credentials such as Mark Sheets high school/secondary school, Provisional or Degree Certificate, Mark Sheets of all Semesters at college/university level, Passport copies and IELTS. For selected nationals (such as Filipinos, Nigerians, South Africans, etc.) we may be able to provide options with no IELTS required for admission.
  • For students who have a wide gap between the study completion and application to study in Canada, it is very remote chance that they will get a visa, unless otherwise they justify the gap and the course they have chosen in Canada is actually an upgrade with their previous study or their work.
  • In general, IELTS/TOEFL is a very important requirement and Acceptance letters from colleges are only given to students with a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS for under graduate program and require minimum IELTS of 6.5 for University level programs and Post graduate programs. (IELTS – Academic). Certain post graduate and masters degree programs may quire up to 7.0-7.5 bands in IELTS. Of course, these do not apply to countries that are considered ENGLISH-SPEAKING.
  • Application fees costs roughly $65 to $150 depending on various colleges or universities. Details are available on each college website or we can advise you at the time of filing the application.
  • It takes roughly 4 weeks to get the Acceptance letter from the college. Some of our partner institutions offer the admission faster than that.

Study Permit Procedures:

Persons wishing to study in Canada require both a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa. The application for a study permit includes the application for a Temporary Resident Visa.

A study permit procedure can take some time to finalize, it is recommended that the complete application is submitted 2 -3 months before the start of classes and no later than 1 month before the start of classes.

Under Student Direct Stream, (APPLICABLE ONLY FOR INDIA, CHINA, PHILIPPINES & VIETNAM), students need to show $10,000 GIC approval from an approved bank. Note that bank charges $150-$200 processing fee for GIC. This amount is towards their living cost in Canada for the first year. The students will have to transfer funds from their bank to the Bank, who will issue a GIC certificate. This has to be submitted to CIC for study permit applications as a proof of living expenses.

Important Notice

Please note that if your application is successful, you will be issued with a study permit along with a temporary resident visa valid for multiple entries or one single entry.

If you are issued a SINGLE ENTRY visa you will be allowed to enter Canada only once; however, it may also be used for repeated entries into Canada from the United States or St. Pierre et Miquelon only. Such entries must occur within the time authorized for your stay in Canada. You may apply for Multiple Entry from within Canada. Your application for a new temporary resident visa must include proof of your continued enrolment at the institution in Canada as well as originals of your most recent academic records (transcripts, marks sheets, etc.).

Processing Times

At the moment – 4-6 weeks*

* These are approximate processing times only. Some applications take longer to process for various reasons. For example, the following factors could delay the processing of your application:

  • applications which do not include a legible 2D barcode;
  • incomplete applications;
  • further medical exam required;
  • background or security checks required;
  • criminal record;
  • interview required;
  • verification of documents needed; or
  • other factors that complicate your case.
  • Government fee for study permit is CAD$ 150 as application processing fee and a biometric fee of $85 is payable at the time of application submission.

After Landing Procedures:

  • Most of the colleges have an airport pick up arrangement when the International Student arrives in Canada. You may choose for this while applying to the College. This has to be arranged minimum 15-20 days prior to the student reaching to Canada. Please advise us as ahead of time.
  • Most of the colleges have home stay in the campus and this also has to be arranged prior to the student coming here. This cost varies and College will advise on exact cost. Approximately range is $500-$900/month depending on sharing/single and food.
  • You must get medical insurance as well; sometimes this is charged along with the course fees. The school will assist with this.
  • Any student coming to Canada can start working immediately, once they are enrolled into the program. They will be allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. During semester break, they can work full time.

Permanent Residency Options for Canada:

  • Every student coming to Canada must come with the intention to leave back to their country of origin after their studies. However, once they land and study in Canada, they have options to apply for Permanent Residency under Express Entry and other Provincial Nominee Programs.
  • A student usually need 1 year of full time work experience under NOC O, A or B (Skilled Jobs) to qualify to apply for PR under Canadian Experience Class. There are other Provincial programs also where students can apply for PR. This is to be discussed with us at later stage.

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