How to get a Student Visa for Canada

This Could be on Your Passport!aRumour has it that Pakistani students are not getting visas; and to some extent that may be true.  But rather that taking a defeatist view, one should ask, “Why is it that some Pakistani students are not getting visas to study in Canada?”

First of all, we need to clarify that the Canadian government gives student visas to Pakistani students.  There is no concise figure, but there are a good number who get their visas and are now studying or will be studying in Canada.  So why do some students get them and others don’t?

The best place to go is to the source, so a review of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website reveals the secret to successfully getting a visa.  The secret is honesty and willingness to abide by the rules and policies as stated by the Canadian government.

The premium thing that an immigration officer looks for in a student application is a demonstrated intent to respect the requirement that a study permit holder must leave Canada after the end of the authorized study period.  They want to know that the student will attend classes, complete their degree and then go back to their homeland.

They may look at several factors to determine this:

  • The length of time a student will be spending in Canada
  • The means of support and enough support
  • Obligations and ties in the home country

Of course there are a few other factors that the Immigration officer will take a look at, but for the most part, they want to have the assurance that the student who is applying for a study visa to study in Canada is committed to complying with the law.

Having said all of that, all of the above does not mean that students cannot work in Canada or become permanent residents.  Canada is committed to recognizing the “contribution of international students to Canada’s economy and cultural environment”.  The government has developed programs that attract students to stay and work in Canada after completing their studies.  The student can participate in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program or the upcoming Canadian Experience Class.  At some point during this time they can even apply for permanent residency.

So dual intent is recognized by the government but they do want the student to go through the proper channels and do it legitimately.

So pursue your dream and get ready to study in Canada.  For consultancy services contact a Canadian who knows about Canadian universities and colleges.

Watch for other upcoming articles where other reasons for rejection may be discussed.

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