We’re approaching the fall semester in a few weeks! That’s great news for international students to study in Canada. At this time of the academic year, several college bodies help their foreign applicants with up-to-date information on how to go about their admission process. Like we’ve always done, we’re here to help students understand their offer letters and explain the seemingly complicated steps that follow. Pay attention to these five steps after submitting your application for a hitch-free admission process into any Canadian educational institution of your choice.
Get Your Letter of Acceptance
Understand Your Offer Letter
Firstly, we’d love to congratulate you on receiving an offer letter to study at a Canadian school. Indeed, you’ve done the work and studied hard with lots of persistence to attain this level of success. Congratulations!
Foreign students that send over their applications to a Canadian school can expect two types of offer letters. One, the offer letter is otherwise known as a Pre-offer letter. The other letter of approval to a student’s application to study in Canada is a Letter of Acceptance (LoA). Both pieces of documents vary from the other because one is conditional and the other isn’t. Let’s explain them a bit further;
I: Offer or Pre-offer Letter
Schools in Canada often decide to issue students offer or pre-offer letters, indicating to their applicants that there’s room for them on their intended programs. However, all applicants must meet the eligibility requirements defined by the school to receive the final offer. Conditions like meeting the minimum required grades and forwarding transcripts from previous institutions qualify students for the final letter. The final letter is the Letter of Acceptance; an integral piece of document in every student’s admission process to study in any Canadian school. Bear in mind that pre-offer letters aren’t acceptable requirements for applying for a study permit in Canada.
II: Letter of Acceptance (LoA)
The LoA is a document from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada issued to students that have been successfully approved to study their preferred programs. At the point of receiving a letter of acceptance, applicants no longer have to worry about any additional requirements. Unlike the offer or pre-offer letter, the Government of Canada fully recognizes and accepts an LoA for the application of study permits from international students.
1. Accept Your Offer
After receiving the letter of acceptance (LoA), students need to accept their offers to study in their respected institutions to complete the admission. Please watch out for the deadlines mandated by your school for the offer acceptance. Every school has its admission acceptance policy for students that have been granted admission into the school. Some only consider payment of the tuition deposit as a means of accepting the admission offer while others expect students to apply on their portals online. By accepting the offer, you’re only a few steps away from studying your dream program in Canada.
2. Apply for a Study Permit
Applying for a study permit to get travel, living, and perhaps access to work while studying in Canada is the next step. More importantly, a study permit is required of every international student coming to learn at any DLI in Canada.
To get your study permit application process into motion, you must get and be able to provide the following documents;
- •Letter of Acceptance (LoA)
- •Valid Passport
- •Proof of being financially capable to cater for yourself and other relatives coming to accompany you while you study in Canada
International students can send in their applications for study permits either online or physically at the consulate.
The Government of Canada makes application for study permits available online because applying online;
- •Makes receiving the application happen instantly and processed promptly
- •Makes reviewing the documents easy before submission
- •Benefits applicants since they can keep tabs on the status updates of their study permits
- •Makes applicants easily resubmit or attach additional information or documents when requested
Student Direct Stream
Tip: Students can have their study permits processed faster than usual if they fall under the eligibility requirements of Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS). Since 2018, the SDS now allows eligible foreign students from a few selected countries access to prompt study permit processing. International students must provide additional information as requested by the Student Direct Stream board earlier than regular applicants. This information allows their officers to make a thorough evaluation of their applicants. From the recent expansion of the SDS approved countries, the following Caribbean, Central, and South American countries are now inclusive;
- •Costa Rica
- •Antigua and Barbuda
- •St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- •Trinidad and Tobago
The above-mentioned are the recently-approved SDS countries now added to meet the previously-eligible ones;
- •The Philippines
3. Enroll in Classes
Let’s get to the interesting part; Enrolling in classes! Every Canadian school operates on a unique enrollment schedule. Students should learn to review their school’s calendar for detailed information on dates to start picking their classes. Incoming students should also find out the courses for the academic year as well as the requirements needed to ensure they graduate when expected.
To get started, students should check if their schools offer online programs for their respected courses. Incoming students do not necessarily have to wait until they get a decision from the government to begin their online programs.
Students that aren’t fortunate enough to attend a Canadian school in person can apply to study from their home countries outside Canada. Their academic sessions count while trying to apply for a Post-graduation Work Permit until December 31, 2021.
As long as incoming students begin their study permit application before the commencement of their academic programs, their academic sessions count towards PGWP. It even gets better because if a student’s first application is rejected, the length of time spent studying online still counts. However, all students must first get approval for their study permits to be eligible for a PWGP with applications submitted before the end of their entire academic program.
Plan for Quarantine Requirements
While you prepare to study in Canada; have you heard the latest news on Canadian immigration? The Government of Canada recently eased the border restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign immigrants migrating into Canada. This simply means that all fully vaccinated foreign students with approved study permits and who pass all travel eligibility requirements can expect eased quarantine restrictions. The benefits of this development include a waiver on the mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel.
Please note that students that have not been administered the complete dosage of Canada-approved vaccines still have to fulfill the 14-day hotel quarantine.
Foreign students coming to Canada should communicate their travel plans and schedule with their respected institution for security purposes. Even with the recent ease of travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated immigrants, all students must have and tender a viable quarantine plan while entering the country. The border officer still needs a cogent quarantine plan from students at the border should anyone fail to meet the conditions for quarantine exemption anyways.
Get information on the step-by-step guide of international students traveling to study in Canada.