Using Your Scholarship Amount When Applying for a Canadian Study Permit

student scholarship joyCurrently some of Canada’s post-secondary institutions are sending our Confirmation of Admission letters and scholarship offers.  The timing is most helpful for international students, especially Pakistani students who should apply as soon as possible for their student visas.

If you are one of those students who received a scholarship offer, it can be used against the amount of money you must show in your bank statement.  For example, if you need to show the equivalent of $35,000 and you are receiving a scholarship of $5000; and then you only need to show $30,000 in your bank account.  You would have to send proof that you are indeed receiving that scholarship (a copy of the letter would suffice).

You may receive a letter stating you are receiving more than what will be allotted in the current year; for example, some of the funds may be allotted to the 2nd and 3rd year of your program.  This amount you should not report on your study permit application as it doesn’t apply to the current year.  You are only showing sufficient funds for the first year of your studies.

If the intent is to study in Canada, although you still have time to confirm offers, but now is the time to start applying for the Student Visa.  The visa process can take up to five months or be as short as three.

I have attached a check list of the Canadian government’s requirements for a student visa application.  Further details can be obtained at The Canadian High Commission to Pakistan website.



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