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The Required Documents to Get a Canadian Visa

 

Proof of acceptance

Your school must send you a letter of acceptance. Include the original or electronic copy of your letter with your study permit application.

Conditional acceptance and prerequisite courses

If you’ve been conditionally accepted, this means you need to take prerequisite courses. For example, these might be English as a second language or French as a second language courses. You must complete these before you can start your main study program. If this is the case, we’ll only issue your study permit for the length of those courses plus 1 year. Once you’re accepted into your main program, you’ll need to apply for a new student permit to extend your stay as a student.

Exceptions

If you’re the family member of someone who has a study permit or work permit application that’s been approved in writing before you come to Canada, you don’t need a letter of acceptance.

Proof of identity

When applying for your study permit, you and each family member who comes with you to Canada must have
  • valid passport or travel document
    • Online applicants: Upload a copy of the information page of your passport when you apply online.
      • If you’re approved, you must then send us your original passport.
    • Citizens of the United States have some options on the identification documents they can carry.
    • Lawful permanent residents of the United States must travel with a valid green card (or equivalent official proof of status in the U.S.) and a valid passport from their country of nationality (or an equivalent document).
  • two recent passport-size photos
    • The name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo.

Proof of financial support

You must prove that you can support yourself, and the family members who come with you, while you are in Canada. You can prove your funds with:
  • proof of a Canadian bank account in your name, if you’ve transferred money to Canada
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
  • proof of a student or education loan from a bank
  • your bank statements for the past 4 months
  • a bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
  • proof you paid tuition and housing fees
  • a letter from the person or school giving you money, or
  • proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program
Minimum funds needed to support yourself as a student (and family members who come with you):

Outside Quebec

Persons coming to Canada Amount of funds required per year (doesn’t include tuition) Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student) CAN$10,000 CAN$833
First family member CAN$4,000 CAN$333
Every additional accompanying family member CAN$3,000 CAN$255

Example:

If you and 2 family members want to come to a province (other than Quebec) for a year, you will need
  • living expenses: $10,000 (for the student)
  • living expenses: $4,000 (for the first family member)
  • living expenses: $3,000 (for the second family member) Total: $17,000

In Quebec

People coming to Canada Amount of funds required per year (doesn’t include tuition) Amount of funds required per month (doesn’t include tuition)
1 person under the age of 18 CAN$6,569 CAN$547
1 person aged 18 or over CAN$13,134 CAN$1,095
2 people aged 18 or over CAN$19,264 CAN$1,605
2 people aged 18 or over and 1 person under the age of 18 CAN$21,579 CAN$1,798
2 people aged 18 or over and 2 people under the age of 18 CAN$23,290 CAN$1,941
If your country uses foreign-exchange controls, you must prove that you’ll be allowed to export funds for all of your expenses.

Letter of explanation

This letter helps the visa officer to understand you and your goals. It explains
  • why you want to study in Canada and
  • that you understand your responsibilities as a student
You should include this letter if you decide to apply for a study permit, even if you don’t have to get a study permit for your program.

Québec Acceptance Certificate

If you want to study in Quebec for longer than 6 months, you need a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) issued by the Gouvernement du Québec. Your school can give you all the details on how to apply for the CAQ. If your application for a CAQ got approved by the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), but you’re still waiting to get the CAQ, you can apply for your study permit with the approval letter from the MIFI. You don’t need to wait for the CAQ to apply. Find out about the process and the documents you need for studying in Quebec.
If you plan to study in Quebec for less than 6 months, you can apply for a study permit without a CAQ.

Custodian declaration (minor children)

If the minor requires a custodian, you must include the Custodianship Declaration form (PDF, 1.02 MB) with your application. It has 2 pages that must be notarized (certified by a notary) and then included with your study permit application. The custodian in Canada must sign the first page, and the parents or legal guardians of the minor child in the child’s home country must sign the second page.

Other documents

Check the visa office instructions for your country or region for local requirements. If you aren’t currently in your home country, you may have to prove your immigration status in the country you apply from. If the government that issued your passport or travel document needs you to have a re-entry permit, you must get one before you apply for a Canadian visa. You may also need other documents.

If we request documents from you for an application in progress

  • We’ll contact you to request the supporting documents.
    • This will happen in the next few months.
    • You’ll have 30 days from the date we contact you to submit the information.
  • Start collecting your documents.
    • Do this before we contact you. It can take time to get certain documents.
    • Check the last email we sent you to confirm what you need to submit.
  • Don’t travel to another city or country to get the supporting documents.
  • We’ll consider extending your deadline if you have a reasonable explanation that shows you’re affected by COVID-19.