How can I get a student visa for Canada from Pakistan?


First of all, be sure to have enough time for your visa application. Right after your application has been accepted and you have finally enrolled in the university of your own choice. 

Along with it, you can apply for the Canadian study permit and you must start applying at least 4-6 months before your university degree programme begins.

After you’ve processed the application, you need to wait for a span of twenty eight days for the final decision.

Steps to be taken for the Canadian student visa

So, here are some important steps that we have to follow to get a student visa for canada that further allows the students to study in Canada:

  • You can apply for visa via two modes, online or on paper. If you apply on paper you will have to visit a visa application centre in Pakistan to submit your documents. 
  • Your biometric verification will also be done at the visa application centre irrespective of how you choose to apply for visa. 
  • Pakistani students have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics include extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use in order to have a strict security check.
  • During the application process, one has to attend a visa interview.


The Study permit 

           The validity of the study permit from Canada lasts up to whole course duration plus three months. After that, you can stay during your whole degree programme. 

Also, you need to renew your visa each year. If anyone wants to reside in Canada even if the study/degree is completed, he/she has to apply for a different visa or he needs a renewal of the visa through the immigration office.

How much expenses will I have to bear for the student visa?

When it comes to the fee of Canadian study permit, one needs to pay a fee of 150 CAD. Canadian authorities will permit you to pay this fee via online mode (depends on the situation you are in) on exact location at a visa application centre in Pakistan, or it can be made through direct bank transfer.

Pakistani students are deprived of getting an advantage of health insurance for the Canadian visa. 

For the collection of biometric information, one has to pay a certain amount of 85 CAD. You’ll also have to pay for the travel expenditure for the country where you’ll go for your medical checkup. 

What are the required documents to achieve a student visa?

The very first important thing when you apply for a student visa is the surity that you can support yourself during the study programme. Even if you have to prove it. 

For Canada, they need you to prove that if you are going to study in any province except Quebec, you can pay 833 CAD per month. 

If you want to study in Quebec, you can pay 917 CAD. 

The only thing Pakistani students don’t need to prove is the proficiency of speaking English. 

Most of them know how to speak fluently and accurately to study in an International Canadian University. 

This language proficiency skill can further assure you that you’re enough able to attend classes and manage your environment around Canada. 

There is no need to have a restricted bank account, especially if you are a Pakistani student. This type of bank account limits the amount of money that you can withdraw every month.

How hard is it to get a Canadian Visa for a Pakistani student?  

It is usually considered difficult to get a Canadian student visa for Pakistani students, as it is directly offered by Canadian government.

 This is true according to Statistics. Rather than wasting time on the discussion of its difficult achievement, statistics focus more on the things that Pakistani students do wrong due to which they fail to get selected. 

Student Direct Stream

Three years ago (in November, 2019), Canada inaugurated SDS (Student Direct Stream) as a new processing route to Pakistan. Students who were residing in other countries could use it before as well because it is new only for Pakistani students

The processing time of this route lasts for the span of 21 days. A payment of 1 year is supposed to be made by the students that includes the basic tuition fee. Also, they do purchase a $10,000 GIC from the specific Canadian banks. 

This important step must be taken before the processing of application. The ones who use this route are also supposed to take the IELTS (English proficiency test) so that their language skills can be accessed. 

The minimum band in IELTS is 6.5 or it shouldn’t be less than 6. Then the student is considered properly eligible to get Canadian study permit.