Studying abroad is a fantastic privilege. It opens up so many doors of opportunity, and choosing to study in Canada is no different. There are even immigration programs to help you become a permanent resident aimed at foreigners who graduate from Canadian post-secondary institutions. That’s right if you complete a qualification in Canada, they don’t want you to leave. They want you to stay and put the skills you have learned to good use, enhancing their economy, and creating a comfortable and happy life for yourself. Canada is in fact so excited to have Nigerians apply to study in their beautiful country that they have recently launched the Nigeria Student Express Pilot (NSE)!
This pilot will see incredibly quick turnaround times for Nigerian applicants who have been accepted by a designated learning institution. Processing applications for study permits in as little as 20 days.
Alright, so the first step is to get accepted by a Canadian post-secondary institution. After that, you will need to apply for a study permit. There are however a number of criteria you will have to meet to be eligible for your study permit. So, without further ado, here's how to apply for a Canadian study visa from Nigeria.
Get Accepted To A Canadian Institution
It is important to remember that the academic year in Canada runs from August to June, this will affect when you need to apply. It is vital that you apply at least a year in advance. This is because universities and other post-secondary institutions have their own processing times before you even get to the processing times associated with getting your study permit. Schools often have a list of requirements, aside from academic, that prospective foreign students must meet. Your institution will provide you with a list of these which may include the following:
- Cost of applying and tuition fees;
- Health insurance for the duration of your studies. As you are not a permanent resident during your period of study, you will not have access to Canada’s free public health system;
- Proof you can meet the cost of living requirements such as rent etc; and
- Language proficiency. You may be required to take one of the Canadian Language Benchmark tests, depending on your field and level of study.
Complete the applications and submit them to your schools of choice. If you are admitted as a student you will receive an acceptance letter. You will use this to apply for your Study Permit.
Getting Your Canadian Study Permit
The Nigerian Student Express (NSE) pilot is reserved for students who have been accepted to a bachelor's or master's program at a designated learning institution. If you are studying another course such as a diploma you are still eligible for a study permit, you will just have to be patient with longer processing times of around 8 weeks.
Eligibility Requirements for the NSE
- Be a legal resident of Nigeria;
- have an acceptance letter from a designated institution;
- prove you have paid your first year’s tuition;
- you must be living outside of Canada when you apply;
- purchase and provide proof of a guaranteed investment certificate showing a minimum of $10,000 from a Canadian bank, which you cannot access until you reach Canada;
- have a medical exam done;
- get a police clearance letter;
- provide your most recent secondary or post-secondary transcripts; and
- score a minimum of 6 on the Canadian Language Benchmark test.
Your spouse or common-law partner may even be eligible to come with you and work in Canada during your study period. All they have to do is apply for an open work permit. You are also eligible to work while you are studying in Canada.
Let Us Help You Apply for a Canadian Study Visa from Nigeria
If you choose to make use of our services, you will be assigned your own education consultant who will be available to advise and guide you through the entire process, all the way from applying to schools to getting your study visa. Your education consultant will work together with our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), which will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms, and submit them to post-secondary institutions and the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.
We take care of the fineprint while you get ready to embark on an educational journey that will change your life forever. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It's just that simple.
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