Canada is known for being quite popular among national as well as international students because of its exceptional education system that is recognized all over the world. It is at par with the American, Australian, and British education systems, and knowing this, thousands of students come pouring into Canada every year. Apart from providing quality education to the students, the Canadian study has the following benefits as well:
- It is affordable compared to other comparable systems.
- It provides the option to work while studying.
- It provides a safe environment; Canada is one of the top peaceful and safe countries to live in.
- It provides immigration options to stay permanently in Canada after completion of studies.
Canada is one of the most popular destinations for international students. Batis Immigration is delighted to assist international students from around the world to achieve their academic goals in Canada. Applying for a student visa is not an activity of a student regularly or even annually. It might happen once in one’s life and this requires you to be diligent for a complete submission or hire an authorized representative to help you with this major decision.
We have gathered some informative resources in the following for your reference.
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Designated Learning Institute (DLI)
International students aiming to pursue education in Canadian schools should ensure their school is listed in the government list of DLI institutes. For institutes in Quebec, enrollment for international students is possible to DLI chosen by the Quebec government along with the study permit from the government of Canada.
Important responsibilities as an international student;
- Leave Canada upon the expiry of the permit.
- Follow the study permit conditions.
- Enroll in Designated Learning Institutes always.
- If you don’t meet the requirements, stop studying.
What is a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) in Canada?
An official document provided by DLI Institute states that an applicant fulfills all the prerequisites to get admission in the program and it contains the applicant’s personal information, conditions of the admission and the program for which an applicant has been selected.
Once you get a letter of acceptance from a Canadian College or university, we suggest you apply for a study permit as soon as possible as it may take up to 3 months to get a study permit. Batis Immigration is always there to assist you in filing your application for a student visa.
It is a document allowing international students to study in Canada, which they get at the border upon arrival. This is different from TRV (Temporary Residence Visa) stamped on the passport, which is a travel document that allows one to travel and get entry to Canada.
Fingerprints and photographs might be required for a visitor visa, study permit, or work permit in Canada, and you need to visit Visa Application Centers (VAC) nearby you.
Medical Exam in some cases is mandatory such as being a medical student or will work in practicum/co-op in professions such as physicians, day nursery employees, domestic workers, caregivers to children, clinical laboratory workers, the elderly, and the disabled. In these files, you will receive an instruction on your application about details.
Student Direct Stream
Also known as a Fast-Track study permit, this program is crafted to make the application process efficient and faster for some international students. The countries which are eligible for SDS are India, Senegal, Antigua and Barbuda, China, Trinidad, Costa Rica, and Tobago, Brazil, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Colombia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, Students, need to apply at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). In addition to regular documents, applicants from these countries should have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$ 10,000.
Study permit refusals
The process for the visa is not easy and as this usually occurs once in one’s life, it is not recommended to have trial & error. Hiring an expert with comprehensive knowledge would help you to submit a complete file and improve your chance for approval. Visit Batis Immigration today for a personalized consultation and our experts will assist you to reach your dream destination.
We hold expertise in handling refusal cases successfully in many cases, of course, the result cannot be guaranteed. Just bring your documents and leave everything to us. If an applicant fails to fulfill any of the eligibility factors criteria, then it leads to refusal which can be challenged for review by the Federal Court of Canada depending on the file’s details.
Global Case Management System (GCMS) carries personal information related to applicants.
Reviewing notes reflecting various reasons for the refusal of an application is a great way to enhance your approval rates for the next time. Factors that a visa officer looks for in a visa application include country of residence, stable employment history, spouse and children accompanying, travel history, property, and net worth.
Renewing or changing Study Permit
To maintain legal status in Canada, it is critical to renew or extend a study permit before the expiration date. We always recommend applying at least 60 days before the expiration of the current permit. Batis immigration can assist with the application of renewals and change in study permit.
Your stay in Canada is not authorized without initiating the extension process first so you will have to leave Canada and must do submission of the return application to be back again. “Maintained Status” is the status you get after applying for your extension application before the expiry of the present status thus ensuring your continuation to stay in Canada until a decision on your application comes.
No new study permit is required to switch institutes or study programs and the student is eligible for staying in Canada having a valid study permit if the conditions in the permit are met. It is advisable to attend at least one semester and then change the school or program. Contact Batis Immigration and we will help you in switching the institutes.
Current immigration regulations allow this if the reason for the change is reasonable and under the conditions set out on the study permit. Students must demonstrate that they are making reasonable progress toward completing their course or program of study. All study permit holders must be actively pursuing a degree or study program while in Canada.
Full-time and part-time study
You are considered compliant even if you study part-time. However, studying part-time may prevent you from obtaining a work permit after graduation. To be eligible for a post-graduation work permit, you must be continuing full-time study in Canada.
Break from studying
If you need to take a leave of absence from school due to sickness, pregnancy, emergencies, family death or illness, or any other serious reason, your leave should not exceed 150 days. If your vacation is longer, you will have to change your conditions of stay in Canada.
Change of study start time
In some cases, it may be necessary to postpone or reschedule the start date of your degree program to the next semester. In such cases, the school must approve the new start date. As a rule, a new application for admission is required.
Spouses and children of regular students
If the spouse of a full-time international student has an open work permit, the work permit remains valid as per the spouse’s study permit and their minor children can be admitted to public schools.
We know the industry inside out: the details of the Due Diligence process for each citizenship and residence permit by investment program when an affidavit is needed and the best way to resolve our clients’ problems.
Licensed Canadian Consultant
We work with the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant to maximize your chance to get approval on the visa. Trial & error methods might be costly and time-consuming.
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Schedule a meeting at one of the offices or online. A licensed Canadian immigration consultant will analyze the situation, calculate the cost, and help you find a solution based on your goals.
International Students are mandated to have provincial health coverage during the span of their stay in Canada which is for a premium in some cases. If no provincial insurance is available, students must go with private insurance which can be applied either through their schools in Canada or via insurance agents.
Dental and Eyecare are not generally covered in most insurance plans and are expensive, so it is advisable to get a dental checkup and eye test before arrival to Canada.
Living on Campus- “Living in residence” is when you live in college/university housing on or close to campus. For newcomers, it is sometimes challenging to find off-campus residences, so students opt for on-campus accommodation, which is furnished, and includes an option of adding a meal plan. It helps strengthen your networks with fellow students when you live on campus.
Living off Campus- Rental price is relatively lower than living on campus, while you also enjoy more freedom and privacy along with better adaption to the Canadian environment. You can find private housing on Craigslist, Kijiji, and on some social media pages where landlords post housing advertisements such as Facebook Marketplace, Instagram, etc.
Off-campus work & student jobs
You need a SIN (Social insurance) number to work in Canada. You can work 20 hours a week off-campus. Students taking general interest courses, ESL/FSL are not authorized to work off campus. Students can work full time in scheduled breaks such as summer/winter holidays. You can apply for jobs via Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and other such online platforms. Placement departments in educational institutes can also help you prepare and review resumes, preparing for interviews.
Practicum & Co-ops
Canada’s education system values hands-on experience, which is why some programs are combined with practical experience at a real workplace under a Co-op arrangement. For Co-op, you will need a work permit as well as a study permit and will need a supporting document from your school proving that work experience is mandatory to finish your program. You are not eligible for a co-op work permit if you are enrolled in ESL/FSL and preparatory courses.
Co-work permits allow students to pursue full-time employment during their normal study period. Before starting a cooperative, you will need a cooperative work permit and a social security number. Before starting a co-op, you must also meet the university co-op program criteria.
Reasons For Refusals
When an officer is not satisfied with your purpose of visit to Canada, then the application gets refused and the reasoning is similar to:
“I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay, as stipulated in subsection 216(1) of the IRPR, based on the purpose of your visit.”
At Batis Immigration, our experts attach a cover letter along with the organized application format, thus enhancing the success rates of the visa.
“I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay, as stipulated in subsection 216(1) of the IRPR, based on your current employment situation.”
IRCC can also refuse people whose employment situation is precarious in their home country. The reason for this denial is like the reason above. However, those employed already in their home country might be eligible. Visa officers if found in your profile that the company you are currently working for is closing, or laying off employees, would not grant you a visa.
“I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay, as stipulated in subsection 216(1) of the IRPR, based on your personal assets and financial status.”
The reason above is the most common ground on which officers reject the application. Explaining sources of money to support your education and stay in Canada in a cover letter improves the chances of success of a visa.
“I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay, as stipulated in subsection 216(1) of the IRPR, based on your immigration status.”
Your current immigration status in your current country of residence may also affect your chances of being denied. For example, if you are in a country on a temporary visitor visa, the IRCC may presume that when you are in Canada to avoid returning to your country of citizenship.
“I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay, as stipulated in subsection 216(1) of the IRPR, based on your travel history.”
The IRCC can be cautious about allowing individuals with little or no travel experience to enter Canada. They believe that obtaining a study permit may lead such people to attempt to leave their home country and settle in Canada illegally.
“Your proposed studies are not reasonable in light of one or more of your qualifications, previous studies, academic record, and future prospects.”
If Visa officers find your application file lacking supporting educational documents, then the application gets refused. At Batis Immigration, our experts work on the applications in an organized way including all documents to enhance the chances of success of visa.
One of the most common reasons for Canadian study permit denials is the inability to prove that you have sufficient funds to study. Generally, when you apply for a study permit, you must show that you have a sufficient amount in your bank account. This amount should be enough to cover tuition and living expenses for one year.
“I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay, as stipulated in subsection 216(1) of the IRPR, based on your family ties in Canada and in your country of residence.”
Canadian visa officers may deny your application on the grounds that you lack strong family ties to your home country, and chances will be less reason to return back.
A cover letter explains why you want to come to Canada and plays an important role in proving that you intend to return to your home country after completing your studies. Batis Immigration includes relevant information in this letter and presents this information in the correct structure.