The previous year, Canada generated 450,000 PR for new international students, an all the time record.
For this reason, Canada is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign students including the country’s high quality of education, security, safety, and multiculturism.
The PGWP provides an opportunity to foreign students to get additional work experience in Canada, which could improve their odds of eventually obtaining Canadian permanent residency. In fact, in several provinces of Canada, more than 100 economic class immigration programs cater to international students. Research by the Canadian government shows that former international students do well in the labor market after obtaining permanent residency because they are young well educated with great skills, speak fluent English or French, and most important they have work experience in Canada.
You need to complete some simple processes before coming to Canada to study. Let’s know how to apply and what documents you need to show the authorities of Canada.
Step: 1 Do research on where you want to study
Canada provides several high-quality universities, colleges, and other post-secondary institutions for foreign students, and also conducts the program on educational research that aligns with the interest and career goals of students.
Before applying to any program, you must do research on the website of IRCC. You want to ensure that the post-secondary institution of your choice is on the IRCC’s list of Designated Educational Institutions (DLIs).
A DLI is an institution authorized by the government of Canada to help immigrants to foreign students complete their studies in Canada.
To be eligible for a PGWP you have to ensure that you apply to a program and DLI. You will also find more about this information on the government website of IRCC.
Once you are shortlisted, move to the next step and apply to the educational institutions.
Step: 2 Letter of Acceptance
After receiving your acceptance letter, you have to start preparing your Canadian study permit application. You have to provide extensive documentation for the application which proves your intentions and ability to support yourself in Canada. Once you are approved by the Canadian DLI you will be able to receive a Letter of Acceptance.
The details contained by LOA areas:
- DLI name and contact information
- Applicant’s details such as name, date of birth, and email address.
- You have to provide information about the study program, level of study, and duration of the study program.
- LOA expiry date
Step: 3 Prepare for application for a study permit
You have to submit your application for a study permit in IRCC. It is beneficial for the Attorney of Canadian immigration to submit an application for a study permit on your behalf as they will be able to use their critical knowledge to ensure that you submit the strongest and most accurate application possible.
the IRCC will need a list of documents at the time of reviewing your application:
- Letter of Acceptance
- Proof of financial aid to cover your tuition and living expenses in Canada
- Police verification certificate
- Medical examination
- Clarification letter detailing your career objectives and relationship to your home country.
If you want to study in Quebec then you should apply for CAQ (Certificate acceptation du Quebec) to the government of Quebec prior to submitting your application.
Student Direct Stream
Student Direct Stream is a study permit option provided by Canada to international students. Those students who are living in the following countries are eligible for this stream.
- The Philippines
- Costa Rica
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
The processing time of the SDS application is 20 days and you have to submit your SDS application online.
The eligibility criteria of SDS are the same as the normal study permit, but an additional key is required in this stream. Apart from this, you need to obtain at least 6.0 on the skill test of ILETS, or if you are taking a French test then you have to score at least 7 in the benchmark of CLB.
You also need a certificate of GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) with a participating bank in Canada for $10,000 CAD.
Get a chance to study in Canada
There are lots of opportunities for international students in Canada. You will get an excellent education, a standard of living style, and so many job offers during and after your studies. There are more than 100 different economic class immigration routes in Canada which include those that encourage international graduates to apply. Canada has lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, so now is a great time to further your education here.