Have you been officially accepted as an international student at a Montreal university? Congratulations! Get ready to experience the best student city in North America.* With our 4 essential things to know, you’ll be sure to get your adventure off to a flying start.
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1. Visas and immigration for international students in Canada
Like any country, Canada has certain administrative requirements for international students. But don’t panic: getting a Canadian student visa isn’t as complicated as you might think! Here are the key steps:
Find a program of study
First, you need to choose your program of study from one of Canada’s approved teaching institutions. The institution offering the program must be designated by the Canadian government. The good news is that all colleges and universities in Montreal are. So, the first step is really a question of formalities.
Before you can move on to the next steps in getting your international student visa, you first need to be admitted to your program. While this is a Canadian government requirement, every institution has its own admission criteria. It’s essential that you check the requirements carefully and gather as much information as you can!
Pay the tuition fees
Your international student visa won’t be delivered if your tuition fees haven’t been paid. Again, fees will depend on the program, the institution and several other factors.
Get your acceptance letter
Your college or university will send you an acceptance letter, confirming that they agree to take you on as an international student. This letter is very important; you will need it for your visa application.
Gather the required documents
A valid passport, proof of finances, proof of acceptance at an educational institution and additional documents may be required to progress with your student visa application. You’ll be given specific instructions about the documents you need to provide at each stage of your application.
Apply for your visa
Got everything you need? Now it’s time to send off your official application. To do this, you need to go to your nearest Canadian visa office. As well as filling out an application form, you’ll need to pay the application fees. In some cases, other documents and an interview may be required.
Get a medical exam
Some of the international students are subject to a medical exam to rule out contagious diseases.
Once you’ve successfully completed all of these steps, you can get your visa to travel, study and work in Canada!