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 Today we are going to look at a Step by Step Guide on how you can move to Canada as an International student.

I will cover the Eligibility RequirementsDocuments needed to study in Canada and How You Can Apply for Your Study Permit. Remember to share this post with friends, family and on your social media pages. Now let’s dive into action.

If you are thinking of moving to Canada to study then you must know the things required of you and all the necessary steps needed to successfully apply to study in Canada.

As an International student in Canada, you will need a Study Permit to study in Canada.

Study Permit is a document issued to foreign nationals by the Canadian government allowing them to study at a Designated Learning Institutions DLI

Steps Needed To Obtain Your Canadian Study Permit:

Step 1: Choose and apply in a Designated Learning Institute DLI: Carefully choose the province or territory where you want to settle and study in Canada.

Canada has 10 Provinces and 3 Territories, every Province and Territory in Canada designated different schools to enroll International students. All primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLI’s

Once you have chosen as school and course of interest then it is time to apply for your Study Permit. Ensure to include a Letter of Acceptance from a designated Learning Institutions DLI in your application.

Step 2: Ensure To Meet the Eligibility Requirements: To successfully apply for a Study Permit, there are several other Eligibility Requirements you will need to meet apart from the Letter from a DLI, these Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Proof of funds: Before you can be granted a Study Permit, the Canadian government will like to know that you have enough money to pay for your tuition fees, cover your living expenses and return expense after your program.
  • No Criminal Record: You will be required to provide a police certificate to prove that you have no criminal record before you can be granted a Study Permit to study in Canada.
  • Medical Examination: You will be required to get a medical exam to prove you are in good health.
  • Prove that you will leave Canada after your Study Permit expires.


Step 3: Organize Your Documents: If you have obtained a letter from a DLI and met all the eligibility requirements, then you will need to provide the following documents to apply for a Study Permit.

  • Proof of Acceptance: This is simply an Acceptance Letter from the school you applied to, this could be the original copy of the acceptance letter or Electronic copy.
  • Proof of Identity: You will have to provide a valid passport or travel document and 2 recent passport sized photos. Note if you are coming with a family member, they will have to provide same.
  • Proof of Support: This could be any of the following documents: Canadian bank account in your name if you've transferred money to Canada.
  • Guaranteed Investments Certificate GIC: From a participating Canadian financial institution
  • Student or Education Loan from a Bank.
  • Bank statements for the past 4 months
  • Bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
  • Proof of paid Tuition and housing fees
  • Letter from a person or school giving you money
  • Funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or you are in a Canadian funded educational program.

You might also be required to provide more documents such as:

  • Letter of Explanation: This is just a letter that explains why you want to study in Canada and that you understand your responsibilities as a student.
  • Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ): If you want to study in Quebec for longer than 6 months you must include the CAQ document issued by the government du Quebec. You can contact your DLI for details on how to apply for the CAQ.
  • Custodian Declaration (Minors Only): Minors who require a custodian must include the custodianship declaration form with their application

Other documents and requirements may apply based on your country or region, you can check with the visa office for further instructions.

Step 4: Begin your Study Permit application: You can either complete your Study Permit application online or using a paper copy. You can apply for a Canadian Study Permit from outside of Canada, inside Canada or at the port of entry. Simply fill out the online or paper application, provide all necessary and required documents and pay the necessary fees such as processing costs and Biometric fee.

Once your application has been approved, your Study Permit will be issued to you to come to Canada and study. The Study Permit is not a Visa you may also need a Visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization ETA before you can travel to or enter Canada. If you require one of these documents you will receive it with your Study Permit, only then will you be able to travel to Canada to study.

Once you arrive Canada is an International student with your valid Study Permit, you will need to set up some of your basic necessities, so as to prepare and be comfortable before your school year begins.

Some of the things you can do while waiting for school to resume includes the following:

  • Secure an accommodation
  • Set up a mobile plan so you can have a phone to communicate
  • Find a job
  • Open a bank account
  • Get to know the city

I hope you find this very informative enough to share with family and on your Social media pages.

If you have and questions or comments, kindly use the comment section below.

Wishing you all the best.


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