There are two options from studying abroad in college to becoming an immigrant.
One is to get a high score with the English test required for immigrants called IELTS, or the TOEFL score required to enter the university / college where you are studying abroad, and the other is called Pathway. It is to go to school for the purpose of acquiring the necessary English proficiency after going on to school.
Some Pathway programs are offered at language schools and some are attached to the college where you study abroad. By choosing the Pathway program, you will be exempted from English tests such as IELTS and TOEFL, making it easier for you to go on to higher education.
If you have taken a full-time course of at least 8 months at a government-approved college, you can apply for a “Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)” visa within 180 days of graduating from school.
This visa can be obtained for up to 3 years and is allowed to work 40 hours a week. And if you work on that PGWP visa for one year in a row, you can apply for immigration (Federal Work Permit) in the Express Entry slot.
A student visa is a permit that allows international students to study for a long time (6 months or more) at a designated educational institution in Canada. Before applying, make sure that your desired school and period are eligible for a study permit and that you have the necessary documents.
(The application method is subject to change, so check back from time to time on the Government of Canada website.)
What you need in some cases
An admission letter from a designated educational institution (DLI) is required to apply for a student visa. Designated educational institutions can be found on the Canadian Immigration website. Please note that you cannot apply for a student visa at a school that is not on the list.
It takes about 3 weeks to 3 months from application to issuance of a student visa. Be prepared with plenty of time so you don't panic.
Please log in with your GC Key from the IRCC Secure Account page on the Government of Canada website.
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After answering the questions, upload the required documents. Take a close look at the document checklist that will be issued after you fill out the form and make sure you don’t make a mistake.
A valid credit card is required to pay the application fee (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, JCB). The application fee is $ 150.
After paying the application fee online and completing the application, you will receive a biometrics certificate (Biometrics Certification Letter: BIL) within 24 hours. Bring the letter and go directly to the Canada Visa Center within 30 days (reservation required) to register your fingerprint (Tokyo / Osaka).
Students staying in Canada on a tourist visa (eTA) cannot apply for a student visa from within Canada. To switch to a student visa, you will need to apply from outside Canada. As a method ,
Either is common.
However, unlike the “extension” of student visas, the visa switching examination is becoming more and more strict year by year, and even if you apply for a switch, it is not always accepted.
Therefore, if you want to go to school, it is better to enter with a student visa from the beginning instead of a tourist visa.
Switching from a tourist visa to a student visa is complicated and difficult, so please feel free to contact us at the Admission Hub.
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