You can apply for a Canada Study visa if you fulfill the following criteria:

  • 1. You have been accepted by a designated learning institute (DLI).
  • 2. You need to prove that you have adequate funds to pay your tuition fee and living expenses.
  • 3. You need to prove that you have a clean background and no criminal record. 4.The aspirants need to produce a police certificate to prove this.
  • 5. You need to do a health checkup and produce a medical certificate that certifies that you are in good health.

Also at the time of visa interview, you need to convince the visa officer that you will leave Canada once you complete your studies.

Documents Required for Canadian Visa?


You should apply for the student visa after you get the college acceptance letter. You should begin with the visa process around June if aiming at the September intake. Following are the documents needed to apply.

  1. 1. Valid Passport

You would need a Valid Passport to be able to apply for a Study Permit. As of the Canadian High Commission, it is important that you have a passport which validity that extends to cover the intended stay in Canada. For instance, if you plan to travel to Canada in September 2019 for a two-year course, your passport should be valid until at least September 2021.

  1. 2. Proof of Acceptance by a Designated Learning Institution

You would need the acceptance letter from the university/Institute you are planning to attend. A Designated Learning Institute is the University which is recognized by the Immigration Department.

In case you are applying for Quebec, you would also need a CAQ which you would be duly notified.

  1. 3. Proof of Funds

At the time of application for your Study Permit, you would have to show proof of funds. As per the present standards, you would have to prove that you would have enough funds to pay our tuition fees as well as take care of living expended. The Canadian Immigration deems a student would require at least Canadian $10,000 for every year of your stay.

Apart from the above two, the student would also have to prove that he/she has enough funds for a return fair as well.


While filling the application form, you would have to show the proof of fees paid as well as the stipulated cost of living @ CAD 10,000. If you are applying for Quebec you require at least CAD 11,000 for every year of your stay.


  1. 4. Passport Size Photographs

If you have opted for offline application, you would need two passport sized photographs that conform to the given standards. For online application, you must procure a digital copy of the photograph which should not be more than 4MB. Other requirements are standard about neutral facial expression, plain background as well as no headgear (unless for religious purposes). Note:

Size of the image should be at least 35 mm x 45 mm

Image should be recent (not older than 6 months)

  1. 5. Immigration Medical Examination (IME)

Canadian Immigration requires international students from India to undergo a compulsory Immigration Medical Examination from empanelled doctors. Students would have to book an appointment and visit the listed doctors for a medical examination, preferably a week before they start their Visa Application. This is to give the doctor enough time to validate and upload the necessary documents. Booking an appointment in advance with the nearest facility/ practitioner as per the list of empanelled doctors is always advised.

The panel physician will perform a complete medical exam and may refer you for chest x-rays and laboratory tests. Once your exam has been completed, the physician will send the results to CIC.

  1. 6. English Language Proficiency Exam Score

Though not mandatory to have at the time of application, we strongly recommend that you have appeared for and get your English Language Proficiency Score before you start your Visa Application Process. As it is, you would have had to submit your English language proficiency score to confirm your admission to the Canadian University. TOEFLIELTS, etc. are all acceptable.


  1. 7. Statement of Purpose

When applying for a Canadian Study Permit, you would be required to submit an essay stating the purpose of your trip to Canada and why you have chosen the particular institution. This would be prompted as an optional document in the checklist but we strongly recommend that you submit the same.


  1. 8. Credit Card

In case you are making an online application, you would also require a credit card to pay the application fee. The Visa Application Fee for Canada is CAD $160.

Please remember that the system only accepts credit cards and not debit cards. Also, it is not necessary that it is your credit card. You can use your parent’s cards as well, provided you have the explicit permission to do so.

Student Direct Stream (SDS)

Indian students applying to Canadian universities can now expect a faster visa processing time, thanks to the newly launched student visa program. With effect from June 8, 2018, the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada has launched a new program namely Student Direct Stream (SDS) to make processing times faster for students from India, China, Philippines, and Vietnam. The SDS program is supposedly replacing SPP, the previous student visa program which also facilitated a faster visa process.

As per the newly introduced SDS program, students must meet a certain set of criteria, stricter than those compared to the erstwhile SPP.

For Indian students, following are the new requirements which must be fulfilled

  1. 1. Candidates must have scored a minimum IELTSscore of 6 bandsin each module for both UG & PG courses.
  2. 2. Students must pay full tuition fees for the first year of study.
  3. 3. Students must buy a Guaranteed Investment of Certificate (GIC) of $10000.
  4. 4. Colleges and institutions applied by the students must have a registered Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) number.


SDS now is open to any college and university with the valid DLI number. The visa processing time for SDS student visa applications will be around 45 days or less. For non SDS programs the processing time will be the same as regular processing times which is around 7 weeks.

Advantages of applying through SDS

Faster visa processing time

Less financial documentation

Main highlights of SDS Program:
  1. 1. Visa processing time reduced to 45 days.
  2. 2. Every college and institution having a registered DLI comes under SDS increasing the options for students.
  3. 3. GIC payment of $10000
  4. 4. Payment of full tuition for the first year
  5. 5. Medical examination to be taken one week before submitting the application.
  6. 6. Have an IELTS of 6 in each module.

The SDS program seems to be a breather for Indian students who can now hope for a faster visa, more options, and opportunities for jobs and PR.