What is a Visa?
In general, a “visa” is an official travel document issued by a national government and normally stamped inside of (or otherwise attached to) an individual’s passport which authorizes the traveler to legally remain inside of the host country that issued the visa for a specified time period and according to certain conditions. There are different types of visas for various purposes and time periods issued by national governments, such as visitor visas, student visas, work visas and permanent resident visas.
What is a Student Visa?
A “student visa” is an official travel document issued by a national government that authorizes an international student to live, study and, in some cases, work (often with certain restrictions) inside the host country that issued the student visa for a limited time period (usually related to the length of their educational program). International students who receive a Letter of Acceptance to attend a study abroad program lasting six months or longer at a designated learning institution in Canada will usually need to apply for a Canadian study permit. In addition to receiving a Canadian study permit, an international student may also need a temporary resident visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) in order to enter Canada. A full-time international student with a valid Canadian study permit who wants to work in Canada may need to apply for a Canadian work permit (usually required if he/she wants to work off campus).
For which countries can you assess my eligibility to receive a Study Permit/Student Visa?
Currently, our team of experts can evaluate your best options for study abroad programs in Canada and your eligibility to be issued a Canadian study permit.
How many foreign students are studying abroad in Canada?
There were 572,415 international students attending study abroad programs in Canada during 2018. It should be noted that the number of foreign students enrolled in Canadian educational programs has soared by an incredible 60% over the past three years. For example, Canada had 572,415 international students during 2018; 494,525 in 2017; 410,400 in 2016; 350,130 in 2015; and 326,120 in 2014. As the world’s 4th most popular destination for international students, and with the number of foreign students skyrocketing each year, it is obvious that Canada is a great place to study abroad.
What must I do to receive a Study Permit/Student Visa?
Each country that offers student visas to international students establishes its own requirements for eligibility that are normally based upon the immigration and/or other laws of that particular country. In general, to apply for a study permit to Canada, an individual will normally need to:
Is there an option for me to study in Canada if my English/French language skills are not very good?
Yes! Although Canada requires that international students know the English or French language at a satisfactory level (for the benefit of the international student), Canada has programs that allow students from overseas to study English or French as a foreign language. Keep in mind that although you may not think your English or French language skills are adequate, it might be a good idea for you to have your English or French language abilities evaluated by one of the language assessment tests authorized for Canada, such as the IELTS (for English) or TEF (for French). If you receive a high enough score on the IELTS or TEF exam, you may be able to get approved for a student visa (if you meet the other criteria) and then can continue to improve your English in the English-speaking country as a full-time student. It is a good idea to prepare in advance to take the IELTS or TEF test (we have some excellent IELTS test preparation materials available to purchase, if you are interested).
In the event that your English or French level really is not at a high enough level for you to attend university, vocational school, or other educational program taught in English or French (or if you were not accepted into a university, vocational school, etc., AND English/French is not your first language), there are other options that may allow you to study in Canada. For example, you may be able to study English or French as a second language at an authorized language learning program in Canada. If you are thinking about studying in Canada, we also have excellent English or French language-learning software available for purchase.
As an international student, am I allowed to leave the country where I am studying to visit my home country or to vacation in neighboring countries?
In general, international students are allowed to travel outside of the host country where they are studying, such as to visit loved ones in their home country or to vacation in a neighboring country in the region. Student visas usually have certain conditions, however, that must be met in order for the student visa to remain valid. Those conditions normally require the international student to attend their classes on a regular basis (as well as to make adequate progress in their classes). Consequently, an international student may be able to travel home during the holidays or vacation in a neighboring country (if they meet that country’s entry criteria) during school break, but they might jeopardize being able to keep their student visa if they miss classes without authorization to go on vacation in another country (or even to return to their home country) when classes were still in session, for example. If there is a family emergency or similar event that requires the student to leave the country where they are studying while classes are in session, the international student should receive authorization from, and coordinate with, the school where they are enrolled and the government that issued the student visa/study permit.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If an international student plans to leave the host country where they are studying abroad to go home for the holidays or to vacation in another country, they should make sure that their student visa and their passport or other travel document(s) will not be expired while they are outside of the country where they are attending school. Otherwise, they may not be allowed to re-enter the country where they have been an international student and may need to re-apply for the student visa from outside of the country where their educational program is located. Needless to say, this would be quite inconvenient for the international student, plus any delay in returning to the study abroad program could result in missing classes and falling behind in one’s studies. For this reason, it is recommended to have a passport that will be valid for at least 90 days beyond the time when the study abroad program is expected to end in order to avoid this type of complication.
Are there conditions for maintaining/keeping a Canadian study permit?
Yes! Canada has conditions that international students must meet in order to keep their student visa (study permit) valid. These conditions can vary, but common requirements for international students may include:
If I am issued a Canadian study permit, will I be able to work in Canada legally?
International students attending a designated learning institution full-time are often authorized to work in Canada while in school, but with certain limitations. An international student may have an option to work in Canada on campus without requiring a Canadian work permit, but will usually need to get a work permit to be employed off campus. In many cases, the spouse/partner who accompanies the international student may also be able to apply for an open work permit in order to work in Canada (certain limitations may apply). Please note that an international student and/or their spouse may need to wait until classes have started before they can start working, even if they have a valid work permit. It is very important that an international student and his/her spouse or partner (if relevant) only work in Canada if legally authorized to do so.
Keep in mind, however, that even if the host government allows you to work, the school where you attend (or the particular education program at the school) may have its own policy regarding whether its students are permitted to work and under what conditions. For example, a medical student might be legally authorized to work by the host government that issued the student visa/study permit, but the medical school itself may not allow its medical students to work so they can concentrate on their studies. Finally, although you might be authorized to work while studying overseas, the Canadian government requires international students to have adequate financial resources to pay for their school, living, travel and other expenses while in the country. Consequently, an international student should not rely solely on working to pay their expenses while they are attending school overseas.
Are there other educational options available?
Yes! In addition to study abroad opportunities in Canada , AbroadEd also offers online distance learning options through collaboration with Conley American University in the United States and UK College Online in the United Kingdom. Studying online for a university degree has several advantages, including flexibility (i.e., study at your own pace) and affordability (i.e., it is generally less expensive to study online for a university degree than in person on campus).
This seems a bit confusing to me. I’m not sure which educational programs I might be eligible to apply for. What do I need to do next?
No problem! Many people who want to study overseas feel the same way. They have a genuine desire, like you, to live in a different country and to receive an international education, but they get a bit confused or frustrated trying to sort out their various options on their own as well as deal with the governmental bureaucracies. That is why we decided to meet the needs of people just like you and offer our expertise and professional services to simplify this process for you! The first step is to sign up for our general assessment which will evaluate the information you provide us and then offer you an easy-to-understand explanation of what your options are in terms of your eligibility to study in Canada and how to proceed.
What are the specific steps involved in this process?
We offer you a 4-phase process that can take you from learning exactly what your options are for studying in Canada all the way to actually being issued your study permit:
1. Phase One – Study Abroad Evaluation (receive a personalized assessment to learn about your best options);
2. Phase Two – Study Abroad Selection (choose which study abroad programs to apply for from your best options );
3. Phase Three – Submission of Your Applications (apply for study abroad programs and after receiving a Letter of Acceptance, apply for the study permit);
4. Phase Four – Receive Your Study Permit!
How can I pay for your services?
There are several secure payment methods available for your convenience. We have legal contracts with:
How secure is your payment system?
We utilize one of the most secure payment systems available for credit card purchases – a 256-bit encrypted Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) system. This is the same type of secure payment system used daily by millions of people around the globe for online financial transactions as varied as electronic banking, paying for airline tickets, purchasing consumer electronics, buying books online, requesting concert or movie tickets – even ordering pizza or Chinese food to be delivered! The reason that the SSL system is trusted by millions of businesses and customers worldwide is that this advanced secure payment system provides a secure connection between your computer and the computer/server of the online business (or governmental agency, educational institution, etc.) that you are interacting with online so that no one else can see the information you are entering except for you and that business/organization. Our secure payment system also encrypts (scrambles) your credit card information and then deletes your credit card details from our payment system after the purchase goes through successfully.
If you go to our payment webpage, you will notice that the URL (website address) starts with “https” instead of the more common “http” and this is because the “s” on the end of “https” stands for “secure.” If you have online banking, you’ll notice that the URL for your bank will also begin with the same “https” URL. Thus, we employ the same type of secure, encrypted SSL payment system that is commonly used today by millions of people all over the planet for local and international electronic business transactions. Aside from our desire and commitment to keep your information confidential, in order for us to have our legal contracts with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners International, Discover Card and PayPal, we are required to have a secure payment system accepted by them (such as the SSL system) to protect the credit card details of our clients (who are also their customers as well). Finally, after your purchase is approved by your credit card company, you will receive your legal invoice/receipt which will state when you paid, how much you paid, whom you paid, and what you paid for.
Your trust is important to us; therefore, the information that you provide our company, including your credit card details, is handled with the utmost security and confidence!
How will I know if my payment goes through successfully?
When your credit card payment is approved, you will be informed through three different methods. First, you will see a response from our website on your computer monitor informing you that your payment went through successfully and it will show you when you paid, how much you paid, whom you paid, and what you paid for. Second, you will also receive shortly thereafter to the email address that you provide us your legal receipt/invoice which will state when you paid, how much you paid, whom you paid, and what you paid for. Third, the payment will also appear on your future credit card statement.
This all sounds good to me! How do I sign up?
If you want to begin the process of assessing your eligibility to live and study in Canada, click here.
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