10 Things To Know About Studying in Canada

10 Things To Know About Studying in Canada

10 things to know about studying in Canada

Let’s quickly address commonly asked questions regarding the Study relocation pathway for Canada and rectify some prevailing misconceptions.

While studying continues to be the most straightforward and cost-effective means of launching a career in Canada, there are several crucial aspects you should be aware of:

  1. Canada boasts fewer educational institutions compared to other destinations like the UK or the USA, resulting in heightened competition for admission. Most Canadian universities insist on a robust Second Class Upper degree or higher for admission. Occasionally, students with exemplary grades may still face rejection due to the large pool of qualified applicants.
  2. Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates programs offer more accessible entry routes, particularly for individuals with minimum qualifications such as a Lower Credit HND or a Second Class lower Bachelor’s Degree. Third Class degrees are generally not accepted for postgraduate programs, and only a handful of institutions consider them for Project Management programs.
  3. Before applying to any Canadian educational institution, carefully review their policies concerning educational gaps. Some schools impose restrictions on accepting degrees older than 5-10 years.
  4. It’s important to note that a Postgraduate program isn’t a prerequisite for eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit in Canada. The eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit are as follows:

i) Successful completion of studies at a Designated Learning Institution in Canada.

ii) Completion of an in-class program with a minimum duration of 8 months, leading to a Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, or Master’s degree from a DLI.

  1. The duration of the Post-Graduation Work Permit is either 1 or 2 years. This period is intended for transitioning into full-time employment in Canada. Upon securing full-time employment, you should apply for a regular work permit. It’s important to note that you can only apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit once in your lifetime.
  2. Students with a valid Study Permit for Canada can apply to bring their Spouse and Children. However, siblings, uncles, aunties, and parents do not qualify as dependents of the student.
  3. It’s crucial to understand that a Canada Study Permit is only issued upon entry at the Port of Entry. What you receive from your home country is a letter of introduction or approval. This letter allows you to submit your passport for a student visa stamp. Upon arrival, you must present this letter at the port of entry to obtain your Study Permit. Therefore, it’s important to differentiate between a Study Permit and a Visa.
  4. Optimal timing for applying for your dependents’ Visas is upon your arrival in Canada, after obtaining a copy of your Study Permit. Dependent applications are now processed more expeditiously, taking around 4 weeks on average.
  5. Students on a Student Visa can work off-campus without restrictions. Spouses of students can also work on a Spouse Visa. Additionally, children can attend Elementary and High Schools on their respective Visas.
  6. A valid Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a Canadian educational institution is a prerequisite for entry into Canada.

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  1. Damilola

    Thanks @Marykeen for the insightful post. The points are duly noted.

    Do you have info about the study visa for UK and US?

    1. Hi Dammut.

      Thank you for bringing this up. We have a free gift for you on our website. It's the free writing guide for applying to schools abroad.

      We can make another post on the study visa for UK and US (and share with you).

      How about that?

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