Canada Student Visa Guide


Fast Facts

Visa type: Canadian Study Permit
Visa document required: Standardised letter of acceptance
Visa Application process: Online or paper based application (usually taking twice as long to process)
Application cost: $150 CAD
Healthcare: Budget at least $100 CAD per month (private insurance)
Processing time: 3 to 4 weeks (however we have seen this fluctuate)
Top three reasons for Canadian Study Permit refusal:  

  1. Financial capability, students often apply unable to show 6 months of consistent bank statements i.e. consistent income / balance
  2. Genuine intentions, many students focus on post study work and immigration opportunities resulting in immediate refusal
  3. Supporting evidence in regards to previous travel and health conditions, if there are any black spots you are likely to receive a refusal

The three key Canadian study milestones

Here are the things to focus on if you're an international student planning to study in Canada


Be accepted to a recognised university

You must successfully apply and be accepted to a recognised Canadian university, once this is complete you will receive a standardized letter of acceptance.


Receive a personal checklist code

Visit the CIC website or local office to obtain a pre-application package, you will be asked a few questions and if successful you will receive a personal checklist code valid for 60 days (this code is required to make your visa application)


Submit your application to CIC

Create a MyCIC account online, enter your code, provide required documents and submit your application to CIC.


Your SLA and visa process in detail

About your Standardised Letter of Acceptance

All international university students planning to study in Canada require a Standardised Letter of Acceptance from a recognised university. This document is required prior to applying for a study permit.

When will you receive your Standardised Letter of Acceptance?

When you have an unconditional offer and completed your universities acceptance process (this often requires a deposit payment) you’re eligible for you Standardised Letter of Acceptance.


Applying for your Canadian Study Permit

  1. The first stage requires you to obtain a Canadian student visa application package, either from the CIC website or by contacting your local canadian embassy or consulate.
  2. Answer a few questions that will determine whether you are eligible to apply online for a Canadian student permit and the documents required - specific to you.
  3. Assuming you are found eligible, you will receive a personal checklist code (valid for 60 days). The page will also include estimated tuition fees amount, a list of documents to submit with your application, and what you need to do next.
  4. When ready, create a MyCIC account, enter your personal checklist code and upload your documents.
  5. Submit your completed application to CIC and ensure all required documents are included.
  6. Pay your application fees

Enroly's Quick Tips for Canada


Tip 1

Be ready For an Interview

Be prepared to attend an interview, you are likely to be asked why you chose Canada, your university and your degree course.

Tip 2

Demonstrate your funds

Canadian student visa requirements include 'proof of funds'. You will need to provide a bank statement to show you can support your living costs. The minimum amount is currently $10,000 CAD.

Tip 3

Print your checklist code

Make sure to print out the page containing your checklist code for future reference.


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