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Canadian Study Visa
Bridging program available to almost all occupations.
Qualifications Valued Around the World
Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. As such, Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university.
With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, your international student advisor can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations for you to join while you’re here.
Healthy and Safe Communities
While you may have heard of or experienced Canadians’ friendly and open nature, you may not have known that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.
World-Class Language Education
Did you know that Canada is a bilingual country and is considered a world leader in language training? Since teaching French and English as a first and second language is an integral part of a Canadian education, you will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.
Exciting Campus Lifestyle
Canada’s post-secondary campuses aren’t only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure. Plus, you’ll have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.
Innovative and Abundant Research Opportunities
Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education. In Canada, government and industry together support research including: telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.
Land of Possibilities
Under Canada’s highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment, you will not only acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, but you will also learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity, and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help with lessons, and studies fuse academic excellence with interaction and collaboration in the classroom.
Possibility of Immigration
Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada? For more information about the possibility of immigration to Canada once your schooling is complete, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
There are so many international students traveling to Canada that the Canadian government reported in 2012 that “educational services are now Canada’s 11th largest export, and its single largest export to China.” Why are the Canadian government and its various schools putting so much effort into attracting students from across the globe to study in Canada? According to a recent Canadian government report released in 2012, “Numerous studies warn that Canada will suffer a severe shortage of skilled labor within as little as a decade. Canada’s talent shortfall will span all occupations: managerial, professional, technical and skilled trades, as well as highly accomplished researchers and scientists.” The reason that Canada is facing a growing labor shortage is that its workforce is aging and retiring at a faster pace than it can fill much-needed jobs for its growing economy. In fact, startling statistics released by the Canadian government (2012) reveal that 75% of workplace growth in Canada is currently being provided by immigrants. By the end of the decade, it is forecast that immigrants will actually meet 100% of the employment vacancies necessary to help keep Canada’s healthy economy strong!
Consequently, a Canadian government study (2012) stated that “international recruitment strategies targeting both the quantity and quality of talent are needed to address Canada’s future shortfall in human capital necessary for building a world-class knowledge economy.” The report goes on to declare that, “international students provide an excellent source of highly qualified and skilled persons to meet our current and future labor market needs….” What does all of this mean? It means that if you meet the qualifications, Canada wants YOU and that now may be the perfect time to apply to study in Canada! You must, of course, meet the Canada student visa requirements, which are summarized below.
Applying for a Canadian study permit
In order to study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay. A Study Permit is a document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that allows a foreign individual to study in Canada for a limited time.You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts six months or less. Nonetheless, it may be a good idea to apply for a permit before you come to Canada anyway – otherwise if you decide you want to continue your studies in another program, you’ll need to leave Canada to apply for a study permit through a visa office.
We can help by having our licensed immigration consultants review your application. We will then try to help by offering advice about how you can improve your application before you we submit it.
Preparing Your Visa Application
We will help you secure a thoroughly prepared application that will include the following:
Once you arrive in Canada, you must maintain your student permit and obtain work authorization.
After obtaining a study permit, students may need to renew or change the study permit during the course of their studies in Canada.
Depending on your program, you may be eligible to work while studying.
After graduation, many students choose to stay in Canada to live and work:
Many graduates are eligible to receive post-graduation work permits to facilitate their stay.
A post-graduation work permit may help facilitate an application for Canadian Permanent Residency, especially through either the Canadian Experience Class or Quebec Experience Class.
To find out if you are eligible for a study permit, please contact us today.