How to get a Canadian student (study permit) visa

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Overseas students flock to Canada because it is one of the best places in the world to study. Here’s how to get a student visa, also called a study permit.

According to statistics, Canada received a record-breaking 450,000 new international students last year.

Students from all over the world flock to Canada due to the country’s high per capita investment in education, security, multiculturalism, and economy. With the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), overseas students in Canada can work while they study and continue working after they graduate.

Taking advantage of the PGWP can help international students increase their chances of obtaining Canadian permanent residency in the future. Students from other countries, including Nigeria, etc., can take advantage of many of Canada’s more than 100 economic immigration programs. According to Canadian government findings, former international students do well in the job market once they become permanent residents. This is because they are young, knowledgeable, and proficient in both English and French, as well as having previous job experience in Canada.

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Now, what are your options for pursuing higher education in Canada? Excel & Fortune has your back in your quest to study, work, and permanently relocate to Canada. However, identified below are some of the necessary steps to guide your decisions.

1. First, find out a bit more about where you want to go to school.

Foreigners can choose from a wide range of top-tier post-secondary institutions in Canada. EFGT has partnered with renowned Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) in Canada to offer you the best.

Investigate colleges and universities that offer programs that are relevant to your job aspirations and personal interests.

 Aside from checking the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) site, you can as well do some findings on the program you are interested in applying to. Make sure your preferred post-secondary college is on IRCC’s list of recognized learning institutions before applying for visas (DLI). A DLI is a government-approved institution that accepts foreign students.

To qualify for a PGWP after completing your education, you must apply to a course and DLI that allows for such eligibility. IRCC’s website also has this data.

2. Obtain an Offer Letter

As soon as a Canadian DLI accepts your application, they will send you a Letter of Acceptance (LOA). To process your study visa application to IRCC, you must have a letter of authorization (LOA).

The LOA includes information like:

  • The DLI’s name, contact address, and e-mail details.
  • The candidate’s contact details, including, name, email address, birth date, and postal address.
  • A course of study, including its type of study, length, and timeline.
  • Date by which the LOA expires

 You can apply to the schools on your shortlist once you’ve narrowed it down.

 3. The next step is to apply for a student visa or study permit.

IRCC accepts study permit applications online. An expert immigration consultant like EFGT can use their extensive experience and partnership to help you document a top-notch, most accurate, and irresistible application possible when submitting your study visa application to the embassy.

Also Read: Fully Funded Diploma Scholarships in Canada

 When examining your study application request, IRCC will seek several papers, including:

  • Letter of Admission (LOA) issued to you by a DLI college or university.
  • Documentation proving you have the financial means necessary to attend school and live in Canada. A bank statement of some sort can suffice in this instance.
  • Police character credentials
  • If necessary, medical examinations showing your health status.
  • Statement of Purpose (SoP). For a study permit, you must write an essay that explains why you want to study in Canada and what you hope to gain from the experience. It will be listed as an optional item on the list of documents. Applicants from the majority of African countries, however, are required to submit a statement of purpose.

 Fast-Track Study Visa

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a fast-track study permit option available in IRCC. When applying for a study permit, you may be eligible for SDS if you are a resident or citizen of one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda



Costa Rica



The Philippines



Trinidad and Tobago


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines



To get your SDS application processed by IRCC, you must present it online and it takes 20 days to finalize.

However, certain important extra requirements must be met to be eligible for the SDS. As a result, you will need to score at least 6.0 on all four skills on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or at least 7 on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment to qualify for a study visa to Canada.

In addition, a $10,000 CAD Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a Canadian bank participating in the program is required.

Please note this aboutQuebec

If you plan to study in the province or territory of Quebec, you must apply for and get a Certificate d’Acceptance du Quebec (CAQ) from the Quebec authorities before submitting your study visa application to the immigration authorities.

Take advantage of your time while studying abroad in Canada.

The possibilities for foreign students in Canada are virtually limitless. It’s a fantastic place to get an excellent study, as well as a great place to live and get a job after graduation. Overseas graduates are especially encouraged to apply for one of the country’s more than one hundred various economic class immigration streams. Because of the easing of COVID-19 requirements, it’s a perfect opportunity to come to Canada and further your career.

Excel & Fortune Global Travels (Travel Consultants) derives satisfaction in assisting individuals who wish to relocate to Canada to study, work, and live. We have used our cutting-edge solutions and partnerships to help students make sure their dreams come true. Contact us by email, phone, or chat to entrust your dreams of studying in Canada to us. We will not let you down.