Canada is one of the most popular destinations for international students seeking top quality education.
For MBA students, there are several coveted names like the Rotman Business School at the University of Toronto, Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Smith School of Business at the Queens’s University, Richard Ivey School of Business at the Western University, among others.
Securing admission in these universities isn’t the only hurdle to cross. You’ll also need a student visa to enter and stay in the country for the duration of your course. Here’s all you need to know about the student visa requirements for Canadian universities.
You need to apply for a Canadian study permit before entering the country. To be able to apply for this permit, you should have been accepted by a designated learning institute (DLI). You can check your institute’s name in the designated learning institutions list offered by the Canadian Government
Documents Required for Canadian Student Visa Application
Here’s a checklist of the documents you’d need to apply for a Canadian study permit:
- Letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institute with a valid DLI number. You will be required to attach the original letter.
- Valid proof of identity for every single person accompanying the family, including recent passport size photos, their name and date of birth.
- Proof of financial support according to which you must prove that you can support yourself and all your family members while in Canada. This would include your bank account details with a Canadian bank, bank account details for the past four months, proof of loan details secured from a financial institution as a student, among others.
- Letter of explanation, with details about why you are applying for a study permit, even though you may not need one. Having a study permit also gives you the freedom to work part time on campus as a full-time student. At the same time, if you wish to continue studying in Canada, you can apply to renew the permit while living in Canada. You don’t have to leave the country to get it renewed.