Complete info – Admission to Canadian Universities
Lots of Pakistani students want to study overseas to get better education, to get international exposure, to enhance their careers or to migrate or work there. Canada is one such target country due to its quality education, affordable college/university fees, low value of Canadian Dollar and opportunities to work and get permanent residence after studying there.
Following information is of interest to all those people who want to come to Canada to study and to work in Canada after studying there and to get permanent residence in Canada after studying and working in this beautiful and multicultural growing country.
However attractive it may be, this is not for everyone. Though the costs of admission and studying in Canada may be less in comparison to other similar countries, it still is huge and may be out of reach for a vast majority of Pakistani students.
MINIMUM overall cost to get admission, including College/University Fees for first year, may be around C$30,000. Be prepared. It may reach C$40,000 depending on the college/university and/or program you select. This cost does not include your boarding/lodging costs once you are in Canada. Also be aware that overall process may take up to 6-9 months so plan accordingly.
We cannot reduce majority of the costs but can at least reduce it a little bit by saving you costs of the educational consultants by providing you all the needed information as under:
- Select College/University
- Select only those Colleges/Universities and Programs that offer PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/about.html
- Select Program to study, only those that offer PGWP.
- Programs that are offered after High School (12 years of study) are called Undergraduate Programs.
- Any program that has a duration of up to 1 year can be a CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA program.
- Any program that has a duration of 1 – 3 years is a DIPLOMA program.
- Programs that have duration of at least 4 years are DEGREE Programs.
- Programs that are offered after 16 years of study are called Post Graduate Programs.
- Select session to study.
- Write your IELTS test as required by your college/university.
- Apply to College for admission.
- Receive Letter of Acceptance
- Pay College Fee for ONE FULL YEAR
- Apply for Police Certificate from within Pakistan
- Get the medical done (IOM, Migration Health Division, Pakistan)
- Make C$10,000 investment in Canada https://www.cibc.com/en/special-offers/international-student-gic.html
- Get Biometrics done (AFTER receiving letter from Canadian Embassy after submitting application) VFS Global Pakistan
- Apply for student permit at IRCC website (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html)
Link to main page to student visa:
- Fee: Application: C$150
- Biometrics: C$85
- Link to the Biometric Appointment Company: https://www.vfsglobal.ca/IRCC-AppointmentWave1/Account/RegisteredLogin?q=shSA0YnE4pLF9Xzwon/x/CQ1P0LBKn66dLdNUfueK+yHwYi/kEeD54PZsg8usxc5ZydJcq8unfnKrnko4bRwVA==
- Medical: (I don’t know, in PKR)
- Bank transfer: C$10,000 (STRICTLY need to come from Pakistan and from student’s own bank account) https://www.cibc.com/en/special-offers/international-student-gic.html
- College University Fee: C$ 18,000 – C$ 30,000 depending on College/University/Program
- Visa Application Processing time: 20 days after submission of application and biometrics (Note: Though on the website it says 20 days, and majority of cases take 4-6 weeks, it can take few months)
- Complete Legal Name
- Date of Birth
- Place of birth
- Passport Number
- Passport Issue Date
- Passport Expiry Date
- Details of any other nationalities or permanent residence (Green card)
- NIC Number
- NIC Date of issue
- NIC Issue country
- Past name (if any)
- Home address
- Details of stay for past 5 years.
- Biometric details
- Details of Program of study
- DLI Number of College
- Name of College
- Address of College
- Field of Study
- Student Identification Number (will come from college)
- Expected duration of stay in Canada (duration of study)
- Tuition Fee (one year)
- Cost of boarding and lodging (one year)
- Funds available for stay in Canada.
- Details of financial assistance receiving (if applicable)
- Need Coop permit?
- GIC Details
- IELTS Details
- Details of past/current studies (start, finish, level, field, name of institute, address
- Transcripts of past studies
- Details of work history (name of employer, address, start, finish, role)
- Travel history for past 5 years (where, start, finish, why)
- Details of any past visa/permit refusals (if applicable), date, why, number
- Criminal history details (if applicable)
- Medical history details, if applicable
- Family details (names, DOB, place of birth, relationship. address, occupation,
- Email address
- Telephone Number
- Letter of Acceptance
- IELTS Results
- Investment Certificate (GIC)
- Canadian Scholarship/Bursary Detail (if applicable)
- NIC Card
- Proof of Medical.
- Bank Statement
- College Fee payment Receipt
- Letter of Explanation
- If visa is not received by the time classes start at college/university, you can apply for deferral and request to join classes from next session.
- If visa application gets rejected, you can apply again. The new application is reviewed independently and MAY BE ACCEPTED. It happens.
- If visa application gets rejected, you can ask the college/university for refund of your fees. Different colleges/universities have different due dates for The refund request need to be submitted within their due time so check this with your college/university BEFORE TIME.
- Refunded fees will be paid thru wire transfer to APPLICANT’s bank account.
- Refund processing time depends on colleges and universities.
Feel free to contact me if any additional info is needed.
The writer is a professional marketer and engineer with good work exposure to governments, and businesses and industries in the private sector in several countries. Idea is to take the first step in adding value to anything that one gets exposed to instead of just complaining about the same.