Looking for studying abroad and in particular in Canada?
If you are planning to continue your education in Canada, you have to keep in mind that a study permit is needed which has its own lengthy and detailed procedures. A quick ,easy, and informative guide has been prepared for all you Iranian students who wish to immigrate abroad. We know the value of time, and have made it short and simple!
When should I apply for a visa to Canada?
Make sure to apply at least 4-6 months in advance of your program’s start date. There’s always the possibility of a delay in visa issuance or further information request, and you certainly don’t want to miss your university’s orientation because of poor time management.
How can I apply?
You have the option to apply both online or by paper. If you live in Iran, since there isn’t a Canadian embassy in Iran, you have to travel to neighboring countries for visa obtainment. Turkey and the U.A.E are places most often visited for such type of service. Biometrics are usually obtained from students in order to enforce extra security measures. Make sure you compile all your documents before travelling and keep in mind that you may be called back for a visa interview.
What are the needed documents to study in Canada?
The most important consideration in the visa process is that you can financially support yourself during your studies. A steady source of income of 833 CAD per month has to be proven If studying outside of Quebec and 917 CAD per month if in Quebec. These funds may either be received from external means or already in your bank account. In case you are studying in Quebec or Montreal, your proficiency in French will highly be considered. In all other provinces, English is the language that will be assessed.
How long is my visa valid?
The study permit to Canada extends throughout your stated program duration but also has an additional three months stay upon graduation. Keep in mind that there might be the need to renew your visa on a yearly basis. Once your studies are over, you have the option to remain in Canada with an alternative visa type that must be issued through and by the immigration office.
What are the involved costs?
A visa application costs 150 CAD which depending on the situation can be paid online, on-site, or through bank transfer. Also, Iranian students are not required to obtain health insurance, but an 85 CAD charge is applicable upon biometrics capturing. Of course, all travel costs are also out of your own pocket.
If your acceptance letter has been mailed, it’s time to compose a check-list and get started in your visa attainment procedures. In case of doubt and uncertainty, make sure to check the Government of Canada’s official website for keeping up-to-date with the latest immigration rules and regulations or simply consult with an expert in the field.