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How can you improve the study visa chances for Canada?

The most interesting thing for a student aspiring to study in overseas is to know the key to unlock the door of his study destination. The visa is of paramount importance in the whole cycle pertinent to the study overseas. The horrible situation arises when some bad unfolds as the student finds the denial of his study visa which is devastating for him and his family. In my experience, I have come across that small negligence can go against your visa prospects and there are factors significant beyond the requirements set out in the visa checklist. The number of categories for a study visa to Canada so their respective checklists make the whole thing bit confusing occasionally for students. Let's understand this vital stage of your journey to study abroad in the following comprehensive summary critical to your visa. I am all set to let the cat out of the bag to tell you the secret of maximizing the chances of getting the study visa for Canada.

Right progression:- The right progression is the right direction and the right choice of study in Canada. This takes a judicious approach to pick up a study program in light of your past studies, scores and level of your education. The appropriate choice enables a student to study well which thereafter sets a footing for a good career. The fact-checks must be if your chosen study has a scope back in your home country or if it is desirable in relation to your academics. These aspects give an idea to an embassy officer about your mind setup and if you are a genuine student. Before embarking upon any study program, I suggest you research extensively. You should visit an expert educational consultant for better guidance.

Follow the visa checklist: - This lays out the prerequisites in order to apply for a study visa. The document must not be skimmed but a thorough perusal and its applicability are crucial.

Understand the visa category: - Lately, there has been a substantial change in the Canada study permit framework. The advent of SDS (student direct stream) in 2018 has brought the streamlining of the process, fast-tracked visa decisions and ease in the documentation. The main provision to board the SDS is to prove your English proficiency in the form of IELTS score 6 in each section. The other prerequisites include a one-year tuition fee paid in advance to the chosen College or University in Canada. You need to buy a GIC by paying $CAD 10,200 for first-year living expenses in Canada besides undergoing the required medical by the registered panel physician in India. The recommended mode of visa application is online however I have seen a few cases going through when applied in paper mode at respective VACs. All other applicants not meeting above-mentioned conditions are falling in a regular visa category (Non-SDS) which I recommend must be the second preference for any student as it accounts to long visa processing timing, complex documentation and a dicey visa outcome sometimes.

Hire a visa consultant:- If you want your application in safe hands, consult a specialist. The benefit you would enjoy hiring the professional is his valuable experience. This helps in filling the application forms correctly, documentation and presentation of your application package.

Keep an eye on the visa application deadline:- Apparently, visa officers tend not to appreciate the procrastinating or delays in submitting the applications. For Canada, favorable outcomes are seen while applying for a study visa before three months or more of the deadline date. The visa application deadlines laid out by IRCC are 1st August, 1st December and 1st April for September, January and May intakes respectively. Applying for admission keeping into consideration such deadlines are likely to enhance your visa chances.

Is SOP essential for a study visa to Canada:- The answer is Yes as well as No. The use of SOP in the visa application is often talked about topic among applicants and consultants because no visa checklist includes something like SOP so it is not mandatory especially while applying in SDS and I said "yes" because using an effective SOP particularly in re-applications after visa refusals and in regular stream (Non-SDS) has produced desirable outcomes.

Choice of University or College:- Apart from imparting the education and making you employable, your chosen College or University may have a connection to your visa application decision. Thus shortlisting an institution demands thorough analysis and research while taking into account the rankings, type and reputation of the Colleges and Universities before zeroing in on the final choice or I can put it this way that the visa possibility is contingent to the reputation of your picked College or University.

Financial requirements:- Unlike Australia, New Zealand or the UK, there is no requirement for showing funds, especially applying for study visa in SDS. However, applications processed in the regular stream must be accompanied by bank statements, net worth reports and income proofs demonstrating your financial position. My experience of handling hundreds of visa applications has revealed that supporting your visa application with a balance certificate of some savings is not a bad idea. Sufficient finances are essential to showcase your financial ability to support your stay and education overseas. This further implies that you keep the undivided focus to study and won't engage yourself in the undue work to meet both ends.

About the author: Asif Jalal is working as an advisor to students for overseas education for the past close to 5 years. He is credited with having placed hundreds of students in different parts of the world. Besides, he is an aspiring writer who relishes writing blogs and poetry.

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