Posted On : 19 February 2024     |     By : kangarooNepal

Canada, also known to most as the great white north, ranks as one of the most sought after countries for higher study by Nepali students. Besides maple syrup and beavers, the country is home to numerous top ranking universities and educational institutions. If you’re looking to study here as an International student, there’s a long, tough and tedious application process you need to go through. But don’t worry, with years of experience and an exceptional team, we’re here to help you out. 

We’ve compiled a comprehensive blog on how you should navigate the application process to study in Canada in 2024. Let’s go through the application process step by step so you know exactly what you need to do from start to finish throughout your application process.

Note: If you’re a minor (under the age of 18 or 19 in some provinces) or looking for the application process for a minor to enroll in primary or secondary education level, your application process will differ from what’s mentioned in this blog. This blog tackles the application process of international students looking to enroll in post-secondary education level only.

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible for a study permit

A study permit is a document issued by the Canadian Government for international students (including Nepali students) to study at a DLI (Designated Learning Institution) in Canada. Here are requirements that you need to meet to eligible for a study permit:

  • You need to be enrolled at a DLI
  • You need to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees, living expenses in Canada, and return transportation back to Nepal
  • You need to be a law abiding Nepali citizen with no criminal record proven by a police report
  • You are in good health condition proven by a medical exam
  • You need to prove that you will leave Canada and return to Nepal once your study permit expires 

Now that we know that you’re eligible for a study permit, let’s go to step 2.

Step 2: Researching your preferred program, study location, and school, college or university

Depending upon your current educational background, you will have to choose one of these post-secondary educational institutes to get enrolled in:

  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Private career colleges and 
  • Vocational and technical schools

Carefully filter out the program you’d like to study and find out which educational institutes offer it. Once you have that figured out, make sure to check the institute’s campus location and whether it is a DLI or not. 

What is a DLI and why is it important?

Designated Learning Institutes or DLIs in short are educational institutes that have been approved by provinces and territories to enroll international students. If the institute you choose is not a DLI, your study permit application will be rejected. You can find out whether an institute is a DLI from here. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare/designated-learning-institutions-list.html

Now that you know exactly which course or program to study and the school, college or university, it’s time to apply for enrollment.

Step 3: Apply for enrollment 

Every school has different rules to apply but most of them provide detailed instruction and requirements in their website or through an email. Generally, you will have to fill out an application form through their website or through a portal such as applyboard. Here is a list of all the documents you’ll need to apply for enrollment in a Canadian DLI from Nepal: 

  1. Application Form
  2. A valid passport
  3. A complete set of academics documents
    • SLC or SEE Certificate and Mark sheet
    • SLC or SEE Character Certificate
    • Grade 11 and 12 Mark sheet
    • Grade 11 and 12 Transcript
    • High School Character Certificate
    • High School Migration Certificate
    • High School Provisional Certificate
    • Bachelor’s Degree Certificate
    • Bachelor’s Degree Transcript
    • Bachelor’s Degree Character Certificate
    • Bachelor’s Degree Provisional Certificate
    • Bachelor’s Degree Migration Certificate
    • Letter of Recommendation (2-3) Principal, Program Coordinator & Lecturer
    • Statement of Purpose (as per education provider requirement)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Work experience, if any

4. Marriage Certificate (if married)

5. English Language Proficiency Certificate (IELTS, PTE OR TOEFL)

You should receive an offer letter from the school within a week or two of your submission of the application. The offer letter will include:

  • Total tuition fees and how much you need to initially pay
  • Scholarships or bursaries (if any)
  • Details about cost of living whether within the campus or outside the campus
  • Cost of health insurance
  • Course or Program structure, class starting date, campus location, etc
  • Details on how to pay to confirm your enrollment

With this offer letter, you’ll have to apply for an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in order to pay to confirm your enrollment. Here are the required documents to apply for an NOC:  http://noc.moest.gov.np/

  1. Latest Photo
  2. Citizenship 
  3. Passport 
  4. Academic document transcript, character
  5. Offer letter

Note: You need to attach your offer letter in the Invoice Section

Once you get an NOC, you can pay your tuition fees and confirm your enrollment to your chosen school via an approved Bank. You should receive a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) or also referred to as COE (Confirmation of Enrollment) and an invoice of the payment. 

With that, you can now apply for your study permit.

Step 4: Apply for a study permit

This is the most crucial step and there are a ton of documents that you will need to manage before applying for a study permit. Let’s first list all the documents and we’ll explain them in more detail just below the list.

List of documents required to apply for a Study Permit:

  1. Letter of acceptance or confirmation of enrollment
  2. Provincial Attestation Letter 
  3. Proof of identity
  4. Proof of financial support
  5. A complete set of academic documents
  6. Statement of Purpose
  7. Proof of medical exam
  8. A Police Report
  1. Letter of acceptance or confirmation of enrollment

After you’ve paid your tuition fees and enrolled yourself in a Canadian School, College or University, they will provide you with a letter of acceptance (LOA). Include this with your study permit application.

  1. Provincial Attestation Letter 

With the recent changes to the application process of study visa by the IRCC, you might need to provide a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from the province or territory where your school, college or university is located.

How to get a Provincial Attestation Letter?

The exact process of getting an attestation letter hasn’t yet been announced by the Canadian Immigration but is expected to be in place by March 31, 2024.

Who doesn’t need a provincial attestation letter?

You do not need a PAL when applying for a study permit if you

  • are applying to study in a preschool, primary school or secondary school (up to grade 12)
  • are applying to study in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program or

Quebec Acceptance Certificate

You will need an attestation of issuance of your Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) if you want to study in the province of Quebec.

  1. Proof of identity

Here’s all the documents that fall under proof of identity:

  • A Valid Passport
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Police Report
  • Work experience, if any
  • Family Relationship Certificate
  • Name Verification (if needed)
  • Address Verification (if needed) 
  1. A complete set of academic documents

Here’s all the documents that fall under academic documents:

  • SLC or SEE Certificate and Mark sheet
  • SLC or SEE Character Certificate
  • Grade 11 and 12 Mark sheet
  • Grade 11 and 12 Transcript
  • High School Character Certificate
  • High School Migration Certificate
  • High School Provisional Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Degree Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Degree Transcript
  • Bachelor’s Degree Character Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Degree Provisional Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Degree Migration Certificate
  • Letter of Recommendation (2-3) Principal, Program Coordinator & Lecturer
  1. Proof of financial support

As a Nepali student, you must prove that you can support yourself and the family members who come with you while you are in Canada. Here are the documents you will need for proof of financial support:

  • Tax Clearance
  • COP (Confirmation of Payment) of Tuition Fees
  • Sponsorship Letter/ Affidavit
  • NOC
  • Property Valuation
  • Land Ownership
  • Education Loan/ Bank with Loan Sanction letter
  • Bank Balance (6 months statement with sources)
  • Income Verification (25 to 30 lakh per year)
  • If Business (Tax Clearance), Business Registration, PAN/VAT, Business Bank Statement, Audit Report (2 years)
  • If service / Abroad (ID Card, Passport, Visa, Pay Slips, Banks Statements, Work Reference Letter, Visiting card)
  • House / lease Rent (Agreement, Land Ownership certificate), Map, Photos
  • If pension (Pension Patta, Bank Statement, Bank Account , Recommendation letter from

bank)

  1. Statement of Purpose or Letter of Explanation

This letter helps the visa officer to understand you and your goals. It explains

  • why you want to study in Canada
  • that you understand your responsibilities as a student
  • that you intend to return to Nepal once your permit expires
  1. Proof of medical exam

You will need to take a medical exam in a licensed medical exam center. TMMC and IOM are the two organizations designated by IRCC to conduct medical examinations for Canada.

  1. A Police Report

You will also need to get a police report to prove that you are a law-abiding citizen of Nepal and have not committed any crimes.

Once you have all these 8 categories of documents ready, you can apply for your student visa in Canada in 2024.

Step 5: Prepare to Immigrate

Depending on the type of study visa you apply for and the number of applicants before you whose applications haven’t been processed yet, it can take anywhere from 4 to 10 weeks to get your result. Hopefully, your visa application gets accepted and you get your study permit.

Now, before arriving in Canada, it’s always better to familiarize yourself with the Canadian Education System and learn about student life in Canada. Make sure to prepare a shopping list and purchase crucial items that might be too expensive in Canada. 

If, for any reason, you need to change the designated learning institution (DLI) while still outside Canada, you must submit a new study permit application along with a new letter of acceptance, along with paying any applicable fees.

Step 6: Start your study in Canada as an International student

Get on your flight, fly to Canada and start studying. Always adhere to the Canadian laws, regulations and the conditions of their study permit. You also need to stay aware of the validity period of their study permit, which is usually for the duration of the study program plus an additional 90 days. 

Upon completion of your studies, you will have multiple options either to continue your stay in Canada or return to Nepal. Hope this comprehensive guide will help you navigate the application process to study in Canada in 2024. Good Luck!

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