Jan 26th, 2020
How much time will it take to get my visa?
Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Canadian Study permit. You should apply at least 4-6 months before your university degree programme starts.
After you've applied, you can expect that you'll wait about 28 days for the decision.
Main steps to take for the Canadian student visa
Here is what Pakistani students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Canada:
You can apply for visa 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 biometrics will also be taken at the visa application centre regardless of how you choose to apply for visa. Depending on your situation, after your application is analysed, it is possible you will be called fir a visa interview. You will also have to travel to New Dehli, India, to take a medical exam provided by a certified medical officer.
Pakistani students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.
You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.
The Study permit from Canada is valid for up to course duration + 3 months. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Canada after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.