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Canada Student Visa from India - Study Permit, requirements, costs & many more.

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Canada Student Visa continues to allow thousands of prospective Indian students every year on study permit. Canada welcomed over 2,26,450 Indian students in the year 2022.

Canada provides globally recognized world-class education.

Studying in Canada can earn you additional points and improve your chances of getting a Canada permanent residency visa.

Global Job Assist is one of the leading overseas educational consultants in Hyderabad that helps students in identifying and applying for the right university and right course and makes them realize their dream of studying in Canada by helping them get a Canadian student visa successfully.

What is a Canada Student Visa?

A Canada student visa is a study permit document issued by Canadian immigration authorities to only eligible candidates who meet the requirements of the visa.

It serves as permission for international students to study in Canada.

Students must enroll only in designated learning institutes. A DLI is an educational institution approved by the Canadian provincial or territorial Government.

Visa documents for Canada Student Visa

  1. A passport that is valid until your intended stay in Canada.

  2. Acceptance letter from a university which is approved as a designated learning institute by the Canada immigration department.

  3. Proof of financial resources to prove that you have sufficient funds to pay for living expenses and tuition fees during your intended period of stay. It requires at least 10,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) for a year of stay. A student can prove his financial stability in the following forms:

    • Educational loan

    • Past 4 months' bank statements

    • proof of tuition fee and housing fee paid

    • An official letter from a person or organization that has provided you with funds.

    • Canadian Bank Account 

    • Proof of scholarship


 4.  2 recent passport-size photographs within the plain background (taken within the last 6 months) with at least 35 mm * 45 mm dimensions and under 4MB Size along with name and date of birth on the backside of the photo.

5.  International students should undergo a medical examination from the listed doctors by the immigration department to prove their standard of health.

6.  Must submit English language proficiency results (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL)

7.  A SOP (statement of purpose) with an explanation about why you want to study or travel to Canada. This SOP should indicate that you are moving to Canada only to study and not work or settle in the country.

8.  Academic documents (Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you have attended)

Why study in Canada?

  • Education at an affordable cost

  • Universities support students with good research ideas.

  • It allows part-time work (20 hrs/week) and internship opportunities while you study.

  • Studying in Canada will earn you some valuable points in work, language, and education areas when you apply for Canada PR through PNP or Express Entry Streams.

  • A post-graduation work permit for international students to get work experience in Canada after the completion of their course at DLI institute. It is valid for 3 years based on the study program duration.

How to apply for a Canada Student Visa?

Step 1: Before you start applying for a visa, research your options according to your needs.

Decide where you want to study, and live, shortlist at least 5-10 universities, study programs that meet your requirements, and find the tuition fees, living expenses, language requirements (IELTS/GRE/TOEFL/GMAT) and other important things.

 Step 2: Prepare for the Standardized Tests 

Prepare for the language proficiency tests like IELTS and TOEFL well in advance and try to gain the scores that are required by your selected universities to get admission. Plan the time accordingly, so that you can retake the tests to get the expected results. Complete the tests by September.

Step 3: Make sure you have enough financial resources:

Get the required money needed to pay for tuition fees, living expenses, food etc. You can finance your studies in various ways like personal savings, educational loans, scholarships etc.

Step 4: Apply for the university directly or through a consultant:

Find the admission requirements of the university directly on their official site. Apply for university by submitting the necessary documents before the application deadline.

Step 5: confirm your admission to the university:

After getting the admission letters from the universities to which you have applied. Select one university of your choice among them and pay the deposit to the university to confirm your admission to the university.

Step 6: Apply for the Canada student visa

After getting the confirmed admission letter from the university. Start applying for a student visa.

Post-graduate work permit

Canada IRCC offers a post-graduate work permit program to international students to stay and work for 3 years to gain work experience.

This program allows students to work in any industry and for any Canadian employer without a job offer at the time of applying.

Permanent Residency (PR) Visa Options for International Students

Studying in Canada can add points to your CRS score.

Students who have completed their education in Canada can gain some valuable points in language, education, work experience and age parameters(less than 35 years) when they apply for PR under Express Entry or PNP streams. 

Intakes in Canada:

Intakes are periods during which the universities of the country accept student visa admissions.

There are mainly 3 intakes (Fall, Summer and Winter) in Canada and the number of intakes may vary from one university to another university based on the course you are willing to pursue. Some universities offer 2 intakes every year while some offer 3 intakes.

Know about all the major and minor takes of the universities you are willing to apply for so that you can prepare a plan early.


Below table gives information about the time periods, advantages of each intake.

Intakes in Canada



Fall Intake (Major Intake)

September–December (4 months)

This fall semester starts in September and it is the most popular intake for admissions.

It is also competitive to get admission and scholarship in this term.

If you have a good academic record. You can get an admission.

Winter Intake (Secondary Intake)

January–April (4 months)

This is less competitive intake for admission and scholarships.

Those students who missed applying for the Fall intake apply in January.

Spring/Summer Intake (next intake for 2023)

May-August (4 months)

It is the least preferred intake. students can apply to a restricted number of degrees and courses.

During this period most of the students prefer to work or travel to their home country.


Cost of studying in canada for Indian Students:

Total cost of studying in Canada depends on tuition fee, living expenses, and application fee.

Cost of Living in Canada for Indian students:

Cost of living in Canada varies based on the location (city) and your lifestyle (habits), health, food  etc.

The average living costs in Canada vary from $10,000 CAD (6 lakhs) to $11,000  CAD.  (7 lakhs INR)

Application Fees for a Canada Student Visa

Visa Type

Cost in Indian rupees (INR) 

Cost in Canadian Dollars

Study Permit Application Fees

9000 INR


Work Permit Including Extensions

9300 INR


Visitor Visa

(Single or Multiple Entry)

6000 INR


Source: Government of Canada

Tuition costs for indian students in Canada:

Indian students need an average of 12 to 20 lakhs per year to cover the tuition fees. It may vary depending on the university, course, type of program you choose.

Average Tuition Costs for International Students Studying in Canada


Type of Program

Cost in Indian Rupees (INR)

Cost in Dollars ($CAD)

Undergraduate Degree

1782840 INR

$29,714 per year

Engineering & Medicine

1303020 INR

$21,717 per year


849720 INR

$14,162 per year

Business & Management

409620 INR

$6,827 per year

Postgraduate Courses

1064640 INR

$17,744 per year

Executive MBA Program

3379680 INR

$56,328 per year

Regular MBA Program

1643820 INR

$27,397 per year


Source: Statistics Canada

Canada Student Visa latest News 2023:

Latest data released by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), says that a record number of 5,51,405 international students went to Canada from 184 countries to study in the year 2022. Most of the students who went to Canada are from India with over 2,26,450 students and 52,165 students from China. Read more @ India Times

Canada student visa new rules 2023

Student Partners program (SPP) which was started in the year 2009 is replaced by Student Direct Stream (SDS).

Canada has announced new rules for students applying under student direct stream (SDS). 

According to these newly announced rules students need to obtain 6 bands in every module of IELTS and must pay the annual fee instead of semester fee to become eligible to apply under SDS rule. If a student with 6 bands in each section fails to pay the yearly fee and has paid only one semester fee, then the student's visa file is processed under the general visa category.