How to Apply for a Canadian Student Visa – Students from all walks of life who wish to study in any of the universities in Canada must be in possession of a student visa to enable his/her relocation to Canada.

Candidates aiming to take courses with a duration of 6 months are exempt from application. It is always advisable for applicants to apply for a student permit before attempting to enter the country, which prevents them from leaving Canada to apply for a study permit through a visa office when they wish to continue their studies in another program.

Applications are accepted online or on paper and obtained from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. The online application has to do with credit/debit cards and the ability to make electronic copies of applicants’ supporting documents.

Documents required from applicants depend on the location of the applicants.

Now let’s take a look at the chronological steps involved in applying for a Canada student visa.

Apply to a Canadian university and receive your letter of acceptance

Applicants must hold an acceptance letter from a university in Canada of their choice. Obtaining this letter of acceptance facilitates the Canada student visa application process. Applicants can get this online, by printing a form, or by requesting a paper form from the chosen university.

Canadian Student Visa Application Pack

Canadian student visa applicants must request a Canadian student visa application package, either from the CIC website or by contacting their local visa office or the Canadian embassy or consulate in their home country. Applicants may also need a temporary residence permit if they are from a designated country. Look here.

Find out what type of visa you need to study in Canada

Applicants are required to answer some questions about themselves on the CIC website. These questions clearly indicate the eligibility of the applicant and the required documents to be provided.

Applicants found suitable

Eligible applicants will receive a personal checklist code valid for 60 days, which they will need to submit their application online. The page also includes an application guide, an estimated tuition amount, a list of documents to submit with your application, and guidelines for your next steps.

Create a MyCIC account

Applicants ready to apply must create a MyCIC account where they can enter their personal checklist code. Applicants then receive a document checklist that allows them to upload and send their documents to CIC.


Applicants who have their documents and application form ready and have duly paid their fees can submit their completed application to CIC.

Frequently Asked Questions About Applying For A Canada Student Visa (FAQ)

Can someone submit the application on my behalf?

Yes, applicants can designate a representative to submit their application on their behalf. Applicants must do this by completing the form here and/or the VFS Global Consent Form and authorizing the Representative to submit or collect the application package/decision envelope on your behalf.

How do I pay the Government of Canada for my visa application?

The Canadian government contribution can be paid online through the IRCC website using a credit or debit card from a Canadian bank using INTERAC® online and registered for online banking through your bank’s website.

Applicants can use the link here to pay the Canadian government online.

What type of visa do I need?

The visa requirement depends on the core purpose of what applicants are willing to offer in Canada.

How can I track the status of my application?

Applicants should use the link here to check their application status.

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This article took you through the steps involved in applying for a Canada student visa.