Canadian Student Visa 2024: Key Changes and How to Prepare

Studying in Canada is an exciting journey, but there’s an important step before you start: applying for a student visa. Recently, Canada made some changes to the student visa requirements. Starting January 22, 2024, most students will need a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) from the province or territory where they will be studying. This requirement applies to those pursuing a bachelor’s degree, undergraduate, and postgraduate diplomas. However, if you’re going for a master’s or PhD, you don’t need a PAL.

It’s crucial to stay updated with these new visa regulations. Our latest article covers everything you need to know about getting a Canadian student visa. Scroll down to read our comprehensive guide.

Two Ways to Apply for a Canadian Student Visa

  1. Study Permit Application: This traditional method involves submitting your application through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
  2. Student Direct Stream Application: This faster process is available for applicants from certain countries, offering expedited visa processing for eligible students.

Student Visa Application Fees

Applicants need to pay a total of CAD 235 for the Canadian student visa application.

Latest Student Visa Document Checklist 

A comprehensive document checklist is essential for the smooth processing of your Canadian student visa application. Here are the key documents required under the new changes:

  • Proof of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
  • Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) (Only for international students applying for a bachelor’s degree, undergraduate, or postgraduate diplomas)
  • Valid Passport for identity proof
  • Evidence of Financial Support to cover tuition fees and living expenses
  • Medical Examination Results
  • Letter of Explanation (if required)
  • Any Additional Supporting Documents specified by the IRCC or provincial authorities
  • GIC Confirmation Letter
  • IELTS Score Card With No band Less Than 6

Make sure you have all these documents ready for a smooth application process.

Step-by-Step Canadian Student Visa Application Guide

Follow these step-by-step guidelines for a successful and smooth Canadian student visa application process:

  1. Compile Documents: Gather all necessary documents listed in the document checklist.
  2. Complete Online Application: Fill out the online application form completely and accurately. Upload all required documents.
  3. Pay Application Fees: Once your application is filled out, pay the required application fees through the designated payment portal.
  4. Review and Submit: Carefully review your application to ensure all information is correct and up to date. Then, submit your application.
  5. Biometric Appointment: Schedule and attend a biometric appointment at the nearest location, where authorities will take your fingerprints and photograph.
  6. Monitor Application Status: Regularly check the status of your application online and be ready to provide additional information if requested.

If your visa is approved, follow the instructions provided in the email for stamping your visa and start planning your move to Canada.

We hope this article has made you well-versed in the Canadian student visa application process. Remember, our support doesn’t end here. Master consultant Dileep Radhakrishnan(DRK) offers comprehensive guidance, support, and assistance for all study abroad aspirants.

For expert advice tailored to your unique profile and preferences, reach out to our Canada Team at Arkaiz Study Abroad. Given the recent changes in Canadian visa requirements, including the Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL), we encourage you to stay informed by regularly visiting the blogs section on our website. Let us be a part of your higher education journey in Canada—connect with our team today!

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