The process for applying for a Canadian study visa (also known as a study permit) from Pakistan is as follows:
Before you can apply for a Canada study visa, you need an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. This letter is issued by the university or college you have been accepted into.
Make sure that you meet all the requirements for a Canadian study permit.
Once you have your acceptance letter, you can apply for a study permit. This can be done online via the Government of Canada’s official website. You will need to create a GCKey account to apply online.
Prepare your documents. You will typically need:
- The acceptance letter from your school
- A valid passport or travel document
- Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your tuition
- In some cases, a letter of explanation, a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ), a custodian declaration (for minors), and other documents may be required.
Health Examination & Police Certificate:
You may also need to get a medical examination and a police certificate. The instructions for these will be provided to you when you apply.
Most applicants also need to give biometrics (fingerprints and a photo). Pakistani citizens are typically required to give biometrics.
Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by an immigration officer. You may be asked to attend an interview, although this is not always required.
If your application is approved, you will receive a letter of introduction confirming the approval. This isn’t your study permit but you need to show this to the immigration official when you arrive in Canada. You will also receive an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada. The official at the port of entry will issue your study permit.
To strengthen your Canadian study permit application, it’s important to convincingly demonstrate your intent to study, your financial stability, and your intention to leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay. Here are some additional documents you could consider providing:
Proof of Finances:
You need to demonstrate that you can support yourself (and any family members who come with you) during your time in Canada. This could include bank statements, proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if the money has been transferred to Canada, proof of a student or educational loan, your bank draft in convertible currency, proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees, letter from the person or institution providing you with money, or proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship or are enrolled in a Canadian-funded educational program.
Ties to Home Country:
Demonstrating that you have strong ties to Pakistan can help to convince the visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies. This can include proof of assets (like property or businesses), proof of family ties, or a job offer letter in Pakistan for after you finish your studies.
Copies of your academic records, including certificates, diplomas, degrees, or transcripts.
Letter of Explanation:
A letter of explanation can help the visa officer understand you and your goals. It should explain why you chose your program and institution, and how studying in Canada aligns with your future career and life plans.
English/French Language Proficiency:
If your course is going to be in English or French, showing that you have proficiency in these languages through a test like IELTS or TOEFL for English, or TEF for French can be beneficial.
If you have relevant work experience, provide documents that prove your work history.
A clean bill of health may sometimes be required, depending on the duration of your stay and the region you’re coming from.
Remember that each application is unique, and what might be necessary for one person might not be necessary for another. It’s always a good idea to seek advice from an immigration advisor or the Canadian consulate or embassy in your country.
Always be truthful when providing information and documents to immigration authorities. Misrepresentation can lead to an application refusal and potentially a ban from applying to enter Canada for five years.