Fast Track your Application for a Canadian Study Permit in 5 Simple Ways
Moving to a foreign country to study is definitely exciting, but it can also be quite stressful. While you might try to cover everything as you are planning, some situations are just not predictable.
With each passing year, thousands of international students come to Canada to pursue postgraduate studies. These students enroll in colleges, language schools, Canadian universities and many other learning institutions that accept students from different parts of the world.
The application process for a student visa (Canadian study permit) can be quicker and smoother if you consider the following:
1. Submit your application via a VAC (Visa Application Centre) or online
IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) recommends that one consults a local Visa Application Centre if looking to apply for a permit to study in Canada. VICs ensure an application is fully complete and that it meets all requirements by IRCC.
The following are the benefits of VACs:
- Addressing your questions and concerns in a language that you can understand
- They offer tracking services which enable you to know the status of your application
- Help transfer your personal information and documents securely
- When required they collect biometrics
2. Submit your application early
After applying for a permit to study in Canada, you should send it at least 4-6 months before your classes commence. This is as advised by the IRCC.
Utilize the Canada Immigration tool for permit processing to find out your study permit average processing time.
3. The sooner you get your police clearance and medical exam, the better
Some prospective international students are required to undergo medical examinations to be able to reside in Canada. This requirement depends on one’s original country of residence and the length of time he/she will be in Canada.
For instance, if you want to live in Canada for more than six months, you are required to have medical results. What’s more, if you stayed in a listed country for a period of six or more months before relocating to Canada, you will need to do a medical examination.
Nonetheless, it is not necessary that you have medical exams results as you submit your permit application to study in Canada. However, delays are avoidable where one completes medical examination and submits the results together with the study permit application.
IRCC may also need potential international students to bring along a police certificate. Therefore, obtain one early if you know you will need it. This will save you many delays.
4. Ensure that you submit all necessary documents and complete all pages legibly and accurately
If the information provided in your application is unclear, you face rejection that will cause you further delays. Use IRCC’s document checklist and the application kit for study permits to ensure that you have everything required in place.
Also, translate documents written in a foreign language to one of Canada’s official languages (French or English). This applies to transcripts, official documents, and police certificates.
5. Settle all required fees early
IRC warns of delays where one does not pay required fees on time. Such delays may have serious impacts on your study permit approval.
Follow the above five steps and you are sure to have your study permit approved without any delays. The faster the process, the sooner you set foot in a York University residence or any other student residence in beautiful Canada