Canada Study Permit and Visa

Travelling from Nepal to Canada to study abroad is a big step. The process maps out a great number of steps. We understand how this can wear you down, wondering whether your dream to study abroad can ever come true.

Here’s a comprehensive guide for Nepalese students to apply for a Canada Study Permit and Visa from Nepal. It involves the following steps:

  • Step 1-  Applying for admission at the education institute where you wish to study
  • Step 2 – Obtaining a Letter of Admission (Letter of Acceptance) 
  • Step 3 – Obtain a PAL or Provincial Attestation Letter from the province or territory where you plan to study.
  • Step 4-  Applying for the NOC , Paying the tuition deposit to secure the seat and Preparing the Visa Documents
  • Step 5- Get Upfront Medical before or Post Medical after IRCC request upon submission of study permit application
  • Step 6- Book Biometric upon request
  • Step 7- Get Passport Request Letter upon approval of Study Permit Application in GC Key Account 
  • Step 8- Passport Submission 
  • Step 9- Get Study Permit Approval Letter(LOI)/Biometric Validity Letter in GCKey Account 
  • Step 10- Fly to Canada and Get Study Permit Letter and Work Permit Letter(if work is part of study) at the Port of Entry of Canada.

Important to Note: Your study permit is not a visa. Once your study permit application is approved, you will receive a Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Furthermore, the document you receive will be based on your travel document or passport, wherein you will be granted permission to travel to and enter Canada.

At Expert Education Nepal, we offer students consultancy services in Nepal for their education and visa requirements. We’ve helped 100K+ international students achieve their study abroad dreams. Partnered with 400+ education institutions in the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK, we aim to journey with every student on their way to the college or university best suited to them.

Applying for a Study Permit Online

As you may be applying from outside Canada, that is, from Nepal, you must apply online. Conditions such as having a disability or holding an identity or travel document for non-national residents, refugees or stateless persons may permit you to apply offline.

You will require a scanner or camera to create e-copies of your documents while applying for a Canada Study Permit online. You will also need a valid debit or credit card to submit the study permit application. You can view this document checklist to prepare for your study permit documentation. However, we’ve provided a quick list below:

Submission of the following documents is required:

  • Letter of Acceptance from the DLI or Designated Learning Institution
  • Proof of Identity (Citizenship, Valid Passport, National Identity Document)
  • A Letter of Explanation (Statement of Purpose)
  • An attestation of issuance of your Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) (if applied to the DLI that is located at Quebec Province)
  • A Medical Exam
  • A Custodianship Declaration (minors only)
  • Tuition Fee Receipt
  • Proof of Financial Support
    •  If the duration of your studies in Canada will be less than a year, proof of financial support for the duration of your studies in Canada.
    •  If the duration of your studies in Canada will be more than one year, proof of financial support for the first year of your studies in Canada. 
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate or license, if applicable.
  • Study Permit Application  and Biometric Fee Payment
  • Digital Photograph
  • VISA Forms
  • Other Documents that support the study permit application or are asked by the IRCC after submission of the study permit application.

Help us understand your circumstances and requirements while applying for a Canada Study Permit and Visa from Nepal

Starting January 1, 2024, the cost-of-living financial requirement for study permit applicants has been raised to CAD 20,635, representing 75% of LICO, in addition to their first year of tuition and travel costs, previously it was CAD 10,000.

The Process after Submitting Your Study Permit Application

After you’ve submitted your application with all the necessary documents, you will have to book an appointment for biometrics.

What happens in the post-application process?

  • Your application will be assessed with all the necessary documents you submitted.
  • You may be asked to submit additional information.
  • You may be asked to provide details of a medical exam if you have yet to provide it earlier.
  • The processing time for the study permit application ranges from 8 – 12 weeks.

You can submit missing documents through the IRCC secure account or a web form.

Approval of Your Study Permit Application

Once your application is approved, you will be sent the Passport Request Letter when you need your passport to submit for the visa stamping through the VFS Global office at Chhaya Centre, Kathmandu. You will be sent a Letter of Introduction(LOI) which is also called a study permit approval letter in your GC key account. LOI is a crucial document that should be presented to a Border Service Officer to get the Study Permit Letter in Canada. If your study has work practicum or Co-OP,  you will be required to have a work permit letter in addition to a study permit. 

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You will be sent a letter explaining the reasons for your application rejection. The reasons may include: 

  • Inability to financially support yourself or accompany you while in Canada.
  • Poor Letter of Intent that does not show clear career goals, intention to return to home country and motivation towards the intended course.
  • Unmatched choice of program
  • Misrepresentation can lead to a ban of 5 years
  • Not Valid Letter of Acceptance
  • Not Meeting English Proficiency and Poor Academic

       If you decide to apply again, know that:

  •  your new application will be assessed on its own merits,
  • you must resubmit a new application and all relevant supporting documents and pay
  • a new temporary resident application fee, and
  •  your new application may be refused unless it is supported by new or different
  • information that would satisfy the officer that you meet all application requirements.

Once all necessary checks are done concerning the documents and information you submitted, including the submission of any missing documents, your study permit should ideally be approved. However, you will receive your study permit at the port of entry when you arrive in Canada. You can use the application tracker to receive status updates on your application.

Your study permit will be valid for the duration of your program with an extra 90 days. These additional days are given to you for preparing to leave Canada or applying for an extended stay.