Are you thinking about attending university, college or an institute in Canada? International students enjoy a variety of benefits if they choose to study in one of the Canadian provinces. Those are, namely, universal heath care, clean air and environment, opportunity to qualify for a post-graduate work permit (PGWP) which is an open work permit, path to permanent residence, variety of student scholarships and more.
If you are interested to learn more about the study permit application process and IRCC or CIC minimum requirements for a study permit, please view our former post here. We also have a link to the same information in Ukrainian language here. Moreover, it is important to be aware of how modern technology is being used to assess visa applications and to rank visa applicants. Widespread artificial intelligence or AI is currently used to expedite decision making on student visa permits. Certain cases where the applicant does not meet minimum requirements or is just barely meeting minimum eligibility requirements may have even less of a chance of an approved visa than they did in the past due to AI.
In this blog post, we would like to provide a few tips to those keen on getting admission into Canadian post-secondary schools. After all, one must have an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution in Canada in order to apply for a study permit so gaining admission is really the first step to starting your journey of studying in Canada.
1. Ensure the the school is a designated learning institution (DLI) and has a verifiable DLI number on the CIC website
2. The school must be a public institution in order for the applicant to qualify for a post graduate work permit or open work permit with a few exceptions (usually the exceptions relate to bachelor's and master's studies)
3. The program choice and student's particular characteristics should, for the most part make sense. In other words, reasonable age for the type of program, consistent with the student's portfolio and past study, the benefits of education in Canada should warrant the expense (obscure but is a typical reason of rejection, ask us for details)
4. Most diploma and certificate type programs will require grade 12 English or acceptable language test and/or grade 12 Math. Typically at least 67% average in both should be expected. Master's type programs typically look for average grades to be at 70% or higher in the applicant's bachelor's program. The minimum entry requirements are firm so do not overlook those requirements
5. Different schools will have different language test options. Most students elect to write the Academic IELTS test. However, other options are available too. Unless the student is starting their program with ESL (English as a Second Language), they can expect to have a minimum necessary IELTS of 6.0 to 6.5 in order to gain admission. The lowest minimum we have seen was 5.5 overall band at St. Clair College currently.
6. Be prepared to have to submit a copy of your high school transcripts and diploma with translations, if applicable, for most diploma and certificate programs
7. Ensure your international passport does not expire too soon as the visa that is issued will not exceed the validity of the passport
8. Ensure that the fees required to pay the first year of studies are on hand as most schools do not give much time to pay fees once they issue an offer of admission. Typically, you can expect to have to pay within 1 to 2 weeks of receiving an offer of admission. This deadline is not likely to be extended by the school. Some schools ask for the full year or tuition whereas others request only the first semester. We have seen both cases in the past
9. When choosing academic programs, it is essential to study employment trends and job prospects across Canada and especially in the local provincial market of the destination school. After all, paying for international student tuition is not cheap and it is an investment in your future so ensure that the investment will pay off in the next three to four years to the best of your ability. Use any advice and support you can get, this could prove to be invaluable for your future