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Study Permit Visa procedure in Canada

The basic steps for applying abroad are:

  • Identifying universities and the course of your interest
  • Request universities for application forms
  • Taking various required tests
  • Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters
  • Completing and sending application forms along with required documents
  • Applying for VISA after obtaining I-20 from the college

Selecting University

While selecting the right course and University keep in mind the following points –
  • Your academic grades (including achievements)
  • Test scores (GRE/GMAT/SAT/TOEFL/IELTS)
  • Your financial capacity
  • Major (Specialization) subjects that you are interested in
  • Term of entry (Fall/Summer/Spring)
  • The rank and reputation of the University
  • The student to faculty ratio of the college
  • The location of the school (Big city/Small town/Rural setup)
  • The climatic conditions (not to be stressed, unless you have health constraints)

Pre-application

A pre-application is a tentative list of schools that you would like to apply to. On the basis of your academic profile, your probable test scores and financial ability compile a list of universities to which you must send a letter requesting further information. At this stage, you can write to the selected 25-30 universities. You can directly request application materials from the universities. There are three ways to get application forms.
  • Requesting Application Forms via email
  • Requesting Application Forms via Air Mail
  • Downloading from the university website

Documents Required For Admission

  • Completed Application form
  • Essay/s or writing sample
  • Statement of Purpose required for graduates and optional for undergraduates
  • Resume for MBA Students
  • Official score reports of SAT/TOEFL/GRE/GMAT to be sent by ETS
  • Letter from Bank stating – funds available for study
  • Affidavit of Financial Support i.e. letter signed from sponsor or parent
  • Transcripts and Mark sheets from College or University
  • Certificates of Extracurricular Activities

Recommendation Letters

Letter of reference or recommendation letter plays a very important role in the admission process especially for Master’s and Doctoral courses. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, your character and integrity and other such information.
The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.

Essays / Statement of Purpose

The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty, assessing your application, information about you as an individual. For MBA candidates this is probably the most important criterion. In the statement of purpose, which must be concise, the student must define his or her academic goals, and/or research plans. It should include justification for choosing the academic program and specialization, and for selecting the particular college as well as the advantages and benefit of studying that particular course.

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