Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is SPP?
The Student Partners Program refers to Students Partnership Program by the students and study abroad consultants in India was implemented in partnership between the Canadian High Commission and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and is attracting a good number of students from all over India and is fast emerging as a preferred destination for higher education for overseas students not only from India but also from the entire globe. And the aim of SPP is to provide faster student visa application process.
2. Can I apply without IELTS?
No, Minimum score of IELTS 6.0 band and not less than 5.5 in each section is mandatory.
3. I’ve been refused Canada student visa once? Can I apply under SPP program?
No. To apply under SPP the student should have never been refused a study permit to Canada. If a visa is once refused then the student has to apply under General category (NON-SPP) or University.
4. Is education loan mandatory to apply Canada student visa under SPP program?
No, education loan is not mandatory to consider an application under SPP. You can apply under SPP by having an account in Scotia Bank with CAD 10,000 GIC and Fees payment of at least one semester. But still if you want to apply under general category, you can use your education loan.
5. Do SPP Colleges offer an MBA program?
Most of the SPP Colleges offer Diploma, Bachelors, Graduate diploma and PG Diploma. There are some universities which falls under the SPP list might offers MBA program.
6. How good are the colleges which are not a part of the SPP?
Canada has a well-established education system looked after independently by each province. Even the big universities are not a part of the SPP as they do not come under the definition of Student Partners Program however they are quality institutions. You need to be cautious while selecting a private school or college.
7. What are the chances of getting visa in a non SPP college?
Though, applying under SPP the file gets priority assessment in terms of processing time and less documentation. Under General Category the student is required to provide more documentation in terms of financial capabilities and it does not affect on chances of visa approval.
8. Can I get work permit in Canada if I do not study under SPP?
Work permit scheme is open to all the international students who have graduated with proper qualification from any of the accredited institutions. Work permit has its own requirement and each student should qualify those requirements. According to the present status of work permit in Canada, a student whose duration of course is of two years or more will get a work permit upto 3 years in Canada. If the duration of study is for less than 2 years then the duration of work permit will be equal to the duration of study. In addition, for the first six months the student will be entitled to work only inside the college campus.
9. What is the minimum budget for studying in Canada?
It always depends upon which College / Universities you are choosing. But average fees would be as an e.g. If you are choosing 2 years of Diploma course, your budget would be around INR.15 Lakh.
10. At what point I can start preparing my application?
Before you start packing, you must first be accepted to one of the recognized universities/schools in Canada, and only then you can apply for a Canadian student visa.
11. What if the course I want to attend to are shorter than 6 months?
You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts for six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
12. Will I need to have an interview?
Once the immigration officer has reviewed your application, he decides if an interview is necessary. If so, the visa officer will provide details of the time and place.
13. How do I get started?
Call us and we will give you a personalized assessment and let you know what to do to get on the path you want to be on.
14. What happens if my application is approved?
Letter of introduction will be sent to you confirming the approval. This letter is not your study permit. Bring the letter of introduction with you to show to immigration officials at the point of entry when you arrive in Canada.
15. What happens when I arrive in Canada?
When you arrive in Canada, the immigration officer at the port of entry will determine whether you may enter Canada and how long you may stay. You must leave Canada on or before the date set by the immigration officer or have your status extended by an immigration officer in Canada.
16. Is there any difference in the process if I want to study in Quebec?
If you apply to study in Quebec, you need a certificate of acceptance or CAQ.
17. How do I renew my study permit while I am in Canada?
If you want to renew your study permit, you must apply before the permit expires. If your study permit has expired, you must leave Canada. In some cases, you may be able to apply for restoration of status. However, you are not allowed to study until your status has been restored.
18. Am I allowed to return home for a visit or travel outside Canada during my studies?
If you leave Canada and want to return, you must have:
• A valid passport or travel documents
• A valid study permit if you are returning to study in Canada and
• A valid temporary resident visa if you are a citizen of a designated country for which Canada requires a visa.
If you are a citizen of a designated country and you travel to a country other than the United States, Greenland or Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, you will need a multiple-entry visa to re-enter Canada. If your temporary resident visa has expired or if your visa was only valid for a single entry, you must re-apply for a temporary resident visa at a Canadian visa office outside Canada before you can re-enter Canada.
19. How do I find out if I can work while studying in Canada?
Foreign students can work in Canada during their studies, and after they graduate. In most cases, you will need to apply for one of the student-related work permits, which are required if you want to work in a co-op/internship placement, off campus, or after graduating from your studies (Post-Graduation Work Permit Program).
20. Can my spouse accompany me while studying in Canada?
Yes. He/She needs to file for dependent visa in compliance with CIC requirements for same.
21. Is my spouse is eligible to work in Canada.
Spouse/ Common Law-Partner of international students are eligible to work in Canada while their partner studying.