Canadian Immigration does not require IELTS for a study permit application. However, most high level post-secondary Canadian teaching institutions will require you to prove your language ability to be offered a place in their program. IELTS is just one of the accepted exams.
There are other Language exams that are accepted by various educational institutions. Contact your preferred course admissions office to find out which international language tests they accept.
What is my Canadian Study Permit Number?
A Canadian Study Permit Number is a document number that appears on official immigration documents and on the Passport Stamp that you will be given after the study visa is approved. For study permits it is usually printed in black ink with the letter “F” (for study permits) followed by 9 numbers.
Why do I need a study permit and a student visa?
The simple answer is they allow 2 different parts of your stay in Canada. A Student Visa allows you to enter to study in Canada. While the Study Permit gives you the permission to stay in the country and study at an approved Canadian Education Institution.
What is the cost of the Canadian Student Permit?
Proof of Financial Support for Canadian Study Permits
What amount of funds are required for an International Student to be granted a Canada student visa?
To be granted a Canadian student visa, all students must also include proof of funds to support themselves during their studies. Please note this is required regardless of if you plan to work part time to help support yourself during your study in Canada.
At present this is deemed to be CA$10,000 (~US$7,650) for every year of your stay (CA$11,000/~US$8,400 if you’re applying to study in Quebec) on top of your tuition fees.
Travel while on my Student Permit in Canada
Can I travel outside Canada while studying?
Yes. You are able to leave Canada and re enter Canada during your studies. When re-entering Canada you will need to prove you are still a student, this is done by carrying an enrollment confirmation from your educational institution.
Can I bring my family with me to Canada on a student visa?
Yes, you may be able to bring your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children, with you when you choose to study Canada.
You will need to submit their applications online when you apply for your study permit as their visas will be linked to your own.
Student Permit Timelines
How long will my Canadian student visa take to be issued?
15 days are usually enough as there are no Interviews for the Canadian student visa and permit. Do not purchase flights to Canada until after you have been formally granted your visa.
It is wise to start your application at least 3 months before your course is due to start, so you have enough time to make your arrangements to Canada after your via is confirmed and issued.
Do I need to provide my biometrics (fingerprints and image) for a Canada student visa?
Fingerprints and a photo are required when applying for a Canada study visa.
How long is my biometric data valid?
- Biometric data is valid for 15 months.
The biometric data stage of your Canada student permit application – The process.
After you pay the biometrics fee and submit your application, you will receive a letter that will tell you that you need to give your biometrics. The letter will give you the details of where you need to go to give your biometrics. You have 30 days to attend and submit your biometric data.
There are a set number of locations approved as locations to give your biometrics:
- visa application centres (VACs)
- application support centers (ASCs) in the United States and its territories
- as of December 3, 2019, at designated Service Canada offices (SCOs)
You will need to make an appointment before you go to any of the locations.