From elementary school to universities and colleges, language schools to vocational programs, Canadian schools accommodate students of all interests and backgrounds. Individuals who study in Canada receive quality, internationally-respected educations that prepare them for future professional pursuits. This is combined with tuition fees and living costs that are generally lower than in other developed countries. The number of international students in Canada is over 300,000, a figure that is constantly growing. If you have gained admission to a Canadian educational institution, you may be able to obtain a study permit to study in Canada. Not only that, but education is also a popular pathway to Canadian permanent residence. Read on to learn more.
Education as a pathway to Canadian permanent residence
A Canadian post-secondary education is not only valuable from an educational and career point of view — it is also a popular route to Canadian permanent residence.
While studying in Canada, international students in Canada may also:
Some international students can get their study permits faster by using the Student Direct Stream. To be eligible for faster processing through the Student Direct Stream, you must:
You may also need to provide other documents. Make sure you include all the documents required by the visa office that processes your application.
Banks that offer GICs
You can get a GIC from a bank listed on the Canadian Deposit Insurance Company website. Make sure the bank you choose offers a GIC and meets the criteria for the Student Direct Stream.
The following banks offer GICs that meet the criteria:
Medical exams and police certificates
Depending on where you’re applying from, you may need to get a medical exam or police certificate. To get faster processing through the Student Direct Stream, you must include these with your application (if you need them). If you don’t, we won’t process your application faster.
You may need to get a medical exam if:
To get a medical exam, you must see a doctor that has been approved by IRCC.
Bring your spouse, partner or child with you to Canada
Your spouse, common-law partner and dependent children may also be able to get faster processing on a:
You must complete and submit their applications at the same time as your own. If you don’t, we won’t process their applications faster. When you apply online, select that you have family members coming with you to Canada. This will let you complete their applications with yours.