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    Study Visa Process For Canada
    Wed,May 10, 2017

    Study in Canada is highly funded by government of Canada, which makes study in Canada is quite better than other countries. Study in Canada consists of ten territorial systems. All education in Canada is overseen by the federal government but the onus is on provincial governments to govern funding and academic regulations, which vary widely from one province to another. Whether Institute is public or private it must meet stringent requirements of federal or provincial regulations. In Canada, each province and territory is responsible for education at all levels within it including universities i.e. there is no federal accreditation. This means that each province and territory regulates the standards of education and any issues which arise as well, and these are strict to ensure quality.

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    1. Study in Canada

     Study in Canada is highly funded by government of Canada, which makes study in Canada is quite better than other countries. Study in Canada consists of ten territorial systems. All education in Canada is overseen by the federal government but the onus is on provincial governments to govern funding and academic regulations, which vary widely from one province to another. Whether Institute is public or private it must meet stringent requirements of federal or provincial regulations. In Canada, each province and territory is responsible for education at all levels within it including universities i.e. there is no federal accreditation. This means that each province and territory regulates the standards of education and any issues which arise as well, and these are strict to ensure quality.

    Canada is the center of attraction for thousands of international students; want to pursue their higher study in abroad. Every year many people settle to this nation among world’s every corner. Canada is safe and supportive place to live. Canada helps to experience new and wonderful life of the country to foreigners. Life in Canada is different from other Western Countries with some unique Canadian flavor explicitly brought by the locals. Many students are getting a head start on their careers by working in Canada. Peoples are also able to grow industry contacts in Canada through co-op placements and field trips. Canada is most famous for its natural beauty. To many in other countries, the word Canada evokes images of wide- open spaces, dramatic mountains, pristine forests and majestic lakes.

    Canadian major cities are truly attractive and interesting for newcomers as they offer several ways to entertain ourselves while we reside there. Vancouver has been named the best place to live in the world more than a few times. The west coast city in British Columbia boasts a busy cultural life, a rich platter of ethnically diverse restaurants and a cosmopolitan population. Toronto is the largest city in Canada and also home to CN tower. Ice hockey during winter season is well known among peoples living in Canada.

    Canada has a national policy of multiculturalism and work to ensure that people customs and traditions are preserved and respected. There is great diversity everywhere in Canada.  An individual exists at the intersection of their value systems, personal characteristics and life experiences including culture, place of origin, citizenship, religion, spirituality, race, class and differing abilities, or a combination of these characteristics.  An understanding of the many dimensions of diversity is essential to ensuring that societies are inclusive places for all to live, learn and work. The goal of this domain is for you to recognize the many dimensions of diversity and to understand and adopt inclusive practices that will prepare you to serve as an inclusive leader who respectfully interacts with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    24 hours quick Health and care facility are available in Canada. Canadians have a reputation for being very polite. In addition to politeness, students received a warm welcome from their community in Canada, including neighbors, classmates, instructors, home stay families and even strangers on the street. Students felt exactly like home while studying in Canada

     

    2. First Choice For international Students

    Canada plays host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year. Canada is increasingly becoming one of the world’s most popular destinations for education. 

    • High standard of living: Canada is a country with highest standard of living.All major urban areas have a variety of shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, art centers and museums. Canadian cities have many open to the public parks, gardens, beach and sports and leisure facilities.
    • Low cost of living:In the past three years, Canadian inflation rate compared to industrial countries is one of the lowest. Canadian Institutes, charge lower tuition fees for international students than their counterparts in competing countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. However as the fees are more affordable, admissions are more competitive.
    • Safe learning: Canada is a safe, just and peace-loving nation. Canada’s crime rate has steadily declined. Every step is taken to ensure the safety of students in campuses. Most universities / colleges have their own campus security 24 hours a day. There are also “Walk Safe" programmes to assist people in getting to public transportation during late hours.
    • The world’s highest quality of life in recent years: The UN survey shows that Canada is the world’s best residential area. Ranked as the Number one Country for the past 9 consecutive years, a United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. Canada’s high levels of universal education, long life expectancy (due to universal health care system), low crime, less violence are factors which make Canada the survey to get a high score.  In addition, Fortune Magazine named Toronto and Ontario as the best international city.
    • Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The vast majority (75%) of Canada’s French-speaking inhabitants lives in the province of Quebec, which is located in the eastern part of the country but there are French-speaking communities throughout the country. English is the main language of communication in all provinces other than Quebec.
    • Excellent natural environment:Canada has one of the most beautiful natural environment. Students here will be fortunate enough to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Canada is a co-existence of geographical conditions, the wild landscape: stretches from the coastline of British Columbia, Alberta majestic Rocky Mountains, the vast expanse of high prairie to the “maple sugar town, “said the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and the Atlantic coast province of rugged mountains and picturesque provinces of the coast.
    • Permanent Residency and Canadian Immigration- International students can apply for their Permanent Residency which takes up to 15 to 18 months from within Canada. However they need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of 67 Points.
    • Work during and after and co-op program- Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience on working in the industry. Further students on the completion of their program of 1 year can work upto 1 year and students applying for 2 years program can work for 2-3 years.

    3. GIC

    GIC refers to Guaranteed Investment Certificate has launched by Citizenship and immigration Canada (CIC). GIC program is designed for Indian students; wish to pursue their higher studies in Canada under Student partners programs (SPP) in India.  GIC is very a simple and transparent process followed by SPP and Non SPP. Knowledge of GIC will help students to go Canada for study. Now a Days, This is mandatory process anyone who is applying under SPP should required GIC account.

    Indian student applying for student visa under SPP must have to purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate that is GIC in the amount of $10,000 Canadian Dollars commonly called CAD with Scotia Bank in Canada. Scotia bank is very renowned bank of Canada in which your account needs to be opened. The GIC is the mark of surety to the Canadian Government that student can afford their housing Expenses for a year in Canada.

    A GIC is a secure investment account like a Fixed Deposit in India that guarantees the full amount of your original investment and the interest on your money over a pre-determined, fixed time frame. With the ICICI Bank Canada Student GIC Program, student will receive a portion of their investment plus interest every month for a 12 month period. These funds are used by students to pay living expenses while studying in Canada. Student will receive their full investment of $10,000 CAD at the end of 12 months.  Students can use these funds to meet their monthly living expenses while studying in Canada.  Students applying for a study visa of NON SPP may also purchase a GIC to act as proof of funds to cover their living expenses for the first year of their stay in Canada. Student can now purchase this GIC from ICICI Bank Canada.

    Most of the time students think that GIC is their expense, but this not correct statement about GIC, because it is the investment by the student. Student will get back the amount every month with Interest. GIC is also required for Visa Documentation.

    • GIC is Helpful during visa documentation process. It makes whole process easy.
    • Students can manage their Living expenses for year while studying in Canada.
    • Students will Get Fixed amount every month with interest on it.
    • Students can complete their studies without any expense Failure and can use these funds to meet their monthly requirement while studying in Canada.
    • The students cannot withdraw the full amount from GIC account at once. 

     4. Visa Categories

    Do you know how many Study visa categories are there in Canada?

    Canadian study visas are processed under three main categories. All the categories follows a different process.

    • SPP Category
    • NON SPP Category
    • University Category

    5. SPP Category

    The SPP or the Student partners program is a joint initiative between ‘Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ (ACCC) and ‘Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s’ visa offices in India. This program was introduced with the goal of increasing the numbers of visas issued to Indian students for studying in Canadian colleges.

    The Following are the requirements of applying to the SPP Program

    • Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall. No module should have a score of less than 5.5
    • Less documentation work is required.
    • Visa is processed faster.
    • Minimum 50% marks in last academic.
    • GIC is Mandatory.
    • Students have the option of working after completing studying

    6. Non SPP Category

    The non SPP program is like applying to any foreign university. The student has to go through the usual process of application procedure, obtaining visa, showing documents etc. GIC is Mandatory under Non SPP. The main difference between non SPP and SPP is the number of documents required for proving the financial status of students. The visa application of non SPP program takes more time, because application process is usually lengthy as more detailed documents are required.

    Letter of acceptance from the university or college

    • Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall.
    • More detailed documents are required.
    • Visa process is different so it takes time to process.
    • Minimum 50% marks in last academic.
    • GIC is not mandatory.
    • Students have the option of part time work during studies.
    • Medical test reports conducted by approved panel of doctors

    7. University category

    Each and every university follows a different study visa process under university category. They process the application according to their need. Student applying under this category has to show wide range of funds. Documentation work is also different for different universities.

    • Minimum IELTS score of 5.5 to 8 overall is required depending upon university.
    • More detailed documents are required.
    • Application process is lengthy.
    • Minimum 50% marks in last academic.
    • GIC is not mandatory.
    • Students have the option of part time work during studies.
    • Medical test reports conducted by approved panel of doctors
    • Chances of PR are increased.

    (ii) Steps to process an application for make your Study abroad dream a reality.

    Process of Canada Student Visa

    We provide you a few steps to process of getting a Student Visa for Canada:

    Step 1: Apply for Admission in College/University

    You must first obtain a letter of acceptance (offer letter) from a recognized education provider. You must acquire this before you apply for a study visa. You will find around 47 SPP colleges/universities in Canada offering a wide range of courses and great facilities. Afterwards, decide with one that you find suitable in terms of education quality, ranking, course structure, course fee and other facilities for international students. Then submit the application to the institution of your choice. While applying for admission, you need to submit a few documents, including proof of your previous academic qualifications, passport copy, and proof of your English language ability. Wait until your offer letter is received.

    Step 2: Pay Tuition Fee

    After accepting your offer from your university, you must pay the tuition fee as mentioned in the offer letter. Once the institutions have received and processed your tuition fee payment, they will issue you with receipt. This receipt will be needed to lodge your visa application.

    Step 3: Purchase of GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate)

    It is mandatory for the students to purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Nova Scotia bank for the amount of $10,000 CAD for the first year living expenses. First $200 is paid as administrative charges of Nova Scotia Bank. Student gets $2000 immediately after arriving at Canada. Next $8000 is given to the students in 12 equal installments as living expenses for every month.

    Step 4: Undertake Medicals

    Now you will need to undertake a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by the Canadian Government. You will be provided with a receipt for the medicals, which you will need to submit at the time of lodging you visa application. The medical report will automatically be transferred to the visa office.

    Step 5: Visa Application Lodgment

    To lodge your visa application you will need to provide the documents as per SPP Checklist:

    • Visa Application Form
    • Original valid passport
    • Family information form
    • Letter of Acceptance from SPP Educational institute in Canada
    • Use of Representative Form
    • Proof of English Proficiency Test
    • Academic Documents
    • Receipt of Payment of Tuition fee
    • Evidence of GIC purchase
    • Student Questionnaire
    • Medical, etc.

     Step 6: Visa Outcome

     You will get to know about the outcome of your application for student visa for Canada once you receive your passport.

    (iii). Learn About SPP/ List Of SPP Colleges

    1. What is SPP? How many colleges are under SPP category and how to apply under SPP?

    Canada is very brilliant country for students, who want to pursue their higher studies in abroad. Along with time, Canada added various perks to make study in Canada easy for international students. SPP is one of the best visa service ever launched by Canadian government.

    2. What is SPP?

    SPP stands for Student Partners Program and was initially started for Indian Students aspiring to study in Canada. It was launched in April 2009 by Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in partnership. This program was introduced with the goal of increasing the number of visas issued to Indian students for studying in Canadian colleges. Main purpose of SPP is that, processing of the student visa is faster and easier with minimal documentation work. Indian student will also get work permit after completing their studies. They can also work for 20 hours per week along with studies. Student applying under SPP does not have need to show any bank status or income status. This is the incredible feature ever of SPP.  An SPP visa application is processed and completed within 5 to 10 working days if profile of student is perfectly match with the eligibility criteria of SPP. After getting an outstanding result from Indian Students SPP has also extended to china as well.

    3. How to apply under SPP?       

    • Student should have overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5.
    • The student should have Last Academic degree/diploma with minimum 50% or higher.
    • No academic gap of more than 1 year is accepted.
    • The course applied must be relevant to the student’s previous study background and must add value to the previous education.
    • Educational loan covering 80 % of cost of tuition fee, one year living cost and travel expenses.

    4. Colleges under SPP

    Under SPP program Canada, 47 Canadian colleges are listed which welcome Indian students. This program is specially designed for Indian students aspiring to study in Canada.  Students must meet several requirements of the participating colleges to get visa. Canadian government has appointed few selected colleges to get admission under SPP Program Canada.

    1. Algonquin College
    2. Assiniboine Community College
    3. Bow Valley College
    4. Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology
    5. Camosun College
    6. Canadore College
    7. Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology
    8. College of New Caledonia
    9. College of the Rockies
    10. Columbia College
    11. Conestoga College
    12. Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology
    13. Douglas College
    14. Durham College
    15. Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology
    16. Fleming College
    17. George Brown College
    18. Georgian College of Arts & Technology
    19. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
    20. Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    21. Lakeland College
    22. Langara College
    23. Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology
    24. LaSalle College
    25. Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology
    26. Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology
    27. Medicine Hat College
    28. Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
    29. Niagara College
    30. North Island College
    31. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
    32. Northern College
    33. Northern Lights
    34. Nor Quest College
    35. Okanagan College
    36. Parkland College
    37. Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology
    38. Saskatchewan Polytechnic
    39. Sault College
    40. Selkirk College
    41. Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
    42. Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
    43. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
    44. Lawrence College
    45. University of the Fraser Valley
    46. Vancouver Community College
    47. Vancouver Island University

     

    (IV) These 5 tips will help you get job in Canada during Study?

    There are many international students who wish to work part-time during their studies, so it’s important to get ready for the interview and to show enthusiasm even if the type of work is not particularly exciting. Canadian government allows 20 hours part time work during working days and full time during weekend. It offers 2 years of work permit after completing graduation and post graduation study. Following are the 5 best tips that help you to get job in Canada during study.

    1. Improve your language skills. While you are studying abroad you will be placed in many situations, both socially and within your education. For this your communication skills must be effective. However, the use of a language for social purposes is not the same as using a language in business situations. Using the language of your study abroad country during your part-time work will develop your skills faster and more comprehensively; you will frequently be using words and phrases that are important in industry but not in social environments. Working will help you meet new people, improve your language skills.
    2. Learn to manage your time. Plan your time for all your personal, study and work commitments. Make a note of all your due dates and exams. Write down how much time you need to spend each week on each activity, and enter all your regular weekly commitments into your time table. . It makes you more punctual and disciplined. Leave some free time. Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and you need to be flexible.
    3. Prefer on campus job. Working on campus in the university is also a great way to expose you as faculty and student in the department, and stay-up-to-date on any opportunities relevant to your work and study. At larger universities, specific departments will often employ several students to help with administrative tasks, etc. Working on campus is one of the most popular options for international students. There are many different jobs offered on campus though, from working in the cafeteria, to computer centers. Another on-campus opportunity is working for a student’s union. This is a good opportunity to get involved in current issues and to help other students at the university. Depending on the union and their mission, you will probably spend more time with your friends from the university since many students work on campus.
    4. Look for job opportunities within your academic qualification. You must go by the job related to your academic qualification while study. Because it helps you in your studies too. Working in the same field you have studying makes your student life more excited. As an international student, works in the same field you are studying add to your valuable experience. You might be able to help other international students and make their experiences at the university better. It will helps in your academics and getting working experience. After completing studying you will easily get a good job with better pay scale, because you already have experience in that field.
    5. How much will I be paid? Make sure you understand exactly what your terms of work are before you start. Most countries have a minimum wage that all employers must observe to, even if you’re a casual part-time worker. You may be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly, and usually as a direct deposit into your bank account. One downside to working on your campus is that paid work at the university is usually very competitive. You will pay tax out of your salary, and you should register for a local tax number as soon as you are offered a job. You may be eligible for a tax return when you leave after your studies.