If you wish to study in Canada, you will most likely be required to apply for a study permit. Like most immigration programs, there are a few steps in the application process that is worth discussing.
- Gathering your documents
- Completing the application
- Paying your application fees
- Submitting the application
Before getting to these steps, it is important to know that some exemptions exist in terms of a study permit including,
- If you are taking short-term courses that are six months or less
- If you are the family member or private staff of a foreign representative accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada
- If you are members of the armed forces of a country designated for the purposes of the Visiting Forces Act
If these situations do not apply to you, you will require a study permit.
When you begin an application, there are lists of documents that must be collected. You can use the document checklist as a guide when you are doing so. Depending upon where you are coming from, there may be some country-specific materials that need to be submitted.
In terms of the forms itself, there are various forms that will need to be completed such as,
- The Application for Study Permit Made Outside of Canada
- The Family Information Form
- The Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union, if applicable
Once you have completed all your forms and gathered all the correct materials, you will need to pay the processing fee. It is important that you pay the correct amount or your application will be returned to you or be delayed until the correct amount has been received.
The final step is to submit your application. You can either do so at a Canadian visa office or Visa Application Center responsible for your area, or online.
If you require further assistance, at Akrami & Associates, one of our legal representatives will be eager to assist you. Call today to find out how we can help.