Canada provides an array of international universities that helps international students to study, shape their career and obtain permanent residency in Canada. There is a constant increase in number of international students. Many of these students are choosing Canada over other developed countries because of certain advantages that studying in Canada can bring.
Canada not only welcomes students to study but also provides the opportunity to work and enhance their international work experience which eventually helps them to become Canadian Citizens.
An international student can study in Canada on study permit only if they have taken up full-time studies in a Designated Learning Institution. You can find the list of DLI and apply for a program of your interest.
Once you are accepted by the DLI, you can apply for a study permit along with a temporary resident visa to come and study in Canada.
With an approved study permit you can stay up to validity of your study permit plus extra 90 days, which allows you to prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay.
A valid study permit allows you to study and work in Canada, you may also go back to your home country in your breaks.
You apply for a study permit, you should have,
A proof of acceptance in a designated learning institution (DLI) for a certain period of study
Proof of finances required for the payment of your:
tuition fees of the program you have taken up
day to day life expenses for yourself and any family members who may come with you
return transportation for yourself and any family members who may come with you
You should be obeying law and order and should not have any criminal record
You should be in good health and could get a medical exam (if required)
You should prove that you will leave Canada at the time of expiration of your study permit.
Canada provides ample opportunities for the international students. They can get valuable Canadian education and also earn while studying. Their spouses or common-law-partner may work on open work permit. With postgraduate work permit they can accumulate Canadian work experience leading to the permanent resident pathway.
Earn while you study
As an international student if you are enrolled for a full-time study and your study permit states that you are allowed to work on- campus and off- campus you may work while you complete your studies.
On-campus work implies to the work that you can take up at all the buildings inside your school campus. Although your school may have many campuses, you may be allowed to work in the one you’re studying.
Off- Campus work
A student enrolled in full-time studies may work off-campus without work permit up to 20 hours/week
During scheduled breaks in the school year
When you are in a scheduled break, such as winter and summer holidays, you may work full-time. You are even allowed to work overtime or work 2 part-time jobs that add up to a full-time work.
If you have received a study permit which doesn’t have work conditions on it, you can request for the addition of these conditions if you’re eligible to work off campus. This will be an amendment to your study permit
Work for your partner
You spouse or common-law-partner can get an open work permit, which will be valid for the same period of time as your study permit.
Temporary work after your graduate
When you finish you studies as a full-time student you can work on post-graduate work permit. This permit allows to work with any employer and gain Canadian work experience.
Pathway to Permanent Residency
The work experience obtained as a worker on post-graduate work permit can be used to qualify for permanent residency in Canada. With Canadian education and work experience you may attract a Provincial nomination or may qualify for Canadian Experience Class leading to Permanent Resident Visa to Canada.
Legal residents of certain countries are eligible for a faster processing, usually 20 calendar days, of their study permit. Eligibility for SDS is as follows;
Student should be resident of China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, Vietnam
Should be accepted in a post-secondary designated learning institution
Should have proof of payment of tuition fee for first year of study
Should have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000
May need a medical exam done, before application
May need police certificate, before application
Should have the most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
Should have a language test result with:
a score of 6.0 or higher in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or
a Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) score that is equal to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 7 in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening)