Study in Canada to immigrate
For many, graduating with a diploma or degree from a Canadian designated learning institution is one of the best ways to qualify for permanent residence in Canada. Foreign students enrolled in a study program leading to a government recognized diploma or degree, enjoy several advantages:
- they may work up to 20 hours per week while they study in Canada. Learn more about Work during your Studies Canada
- they may apply to stay and work in Canada for up to 3 years after they graduate successfully from a Canadian designated learning Institution. Learn more about a Post-Graduation Work Permit
- they may also apply for permanent residence after graduating from a Canadian designated learning institution. Learn more Applying for permanent residence after graduating in Canada
Because in Canada, education is provided either in French or in English, depending on the region or school chosen by the student, foreign students wishing to enroll in a Canadian college in technical or vocational school, need to demonstrate a minimum level of knowledge of English or French, in order to be admitted in the program of their choice. When a candidate’s language knowledge is insufficient prior to arrival, they may be accepted on condition that they take a complemental language course in order to achieve and demonstrate the minimum required. These language courses may have a duration of from a few weeks to 1 year depending on the candidates’ knowledge of the language prior to arrival.
Designated learning institutions
Only after successful completion of certain programs from a specific list of Government designated learning institutions may a foreign student be allowed to apply for immigration to Canada. All primary and secondary educational institutions in Canada are automatically designated but do not appear on the designated learning institution list. Each province and territory in Canada is responsible for designating schools at the post-secondary level that may enrol international students. Only the list of designated learning institutions at the post-secondary level is available.
Requirements to enter Canada as a student
Once they have been admitted in the study program of their choice, foreign students require a Canadian study permit, because Canadian study programs eligible for immigration to Canada are of at least 1 year duration. Furthermore, all persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must apply for and receive either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in order to be able to enter Canada to study. As a general rule a visa is required to enter Canada. However citizens of several countries which are visa-exempt need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to Canada. Find out if you need an eTA or a Visa
Siminca will prepare and submit your study permit at the same time as your visa or eTA application, depending on your situation. At the same time Siminca will help you identify and register in a study program eligible for immigration to Canada.