The process of obtaining a Canadian study visa for Nepalese students is a significant step towards realizing their dream of studying in Canada. At HWWEC, we strive to provide seamless assistance in navigating the Canadian study permit process. We are the best consultancy in Nepal for Canada. As a top education consultancy in Nepal, we offer expert consultation services for aspiring students who wish to pursue their education in Canada.
However, if you prefer to take on the challenge and apply for a study permit independently, our experienced counselors have outlined the key steps that every student must follow.
Before applying for a study permit, you must acquire a standardized Letter of Acceptance from a recognized higher education provider, also known as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). This letter confirms your acceptance into a Canadian college or university and is a prerequisite for the study permit application. You can apply for it online, submitting your academic records and test scores.
Once you have received a Letter of Acceptance from a DLI, you need to apply for No Objection Certificates (NOC). The NOC application can be completed online at https://noc.moest.gov.np/. Notarized copies are not necessary; scan copies of the required documents will suffice. If your educational certificates are from a foreign board, you need to obtain equivalent certificates. Grade 10 and grade 12 equivalent certificates are provided by the Curriculum Development Center, Sanothimi Bhaktapur (https://moecdc.gov.np/), while the equivalence of university-level qualifications is provided by the Curriculum Development Center, Tribhuvan University, Kritipur, TU Gate (https://tucdc.edu.np/).
After obtaining the NOC from the Ministry of Education, you can proceed to pay your tuition fees. Along with the NOC, you will also need to present a personal PAN card. If you or your parents don't have a personal PAN card, you will need to apply for one. The PAN card application can be completed online by registering at https://taxpayerportal.ird.gov.np/taxpayer/app.html. While it is recommended to pay the full-year tuition fee, paying the amount mentioned in the Letter of Acceptance is acceptable. Once you have made the payment, the university or college will provide you with a confirmation of receipt, which should be attached to the proof of funds section of your application.
All Nepalese students must undergo a mandatory Immigration Medical Examination conducted by empaneled doctors. You can obtain your medical examination from the Travel and Mountain Medicine Centre in Kaldhara, Kathmandu (https://tmmcnepal.com/) or the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Baluwatar and Damak (https://nepal.iom.int/). It is necessary to schedule an online appointment before visiting the designated medical centers. While the submission of the IME can be done later, it is strongly recommended by the IRCC to submit it upfront.
The next stage involves creating a GC Key account and answering a few queries to access the appropriate application forms for your Canadian student visa. You can create your GC Key account by signing up on the CIC website. If deemed eligible, you will be directed to a page where you can upload your application forms and personal documents, which will then be sent to CIC. To complete this step, you will need access to a printer and scanner.
Ensure that you have the following documents ready for submission along with your application:
· Letter of Acceptance
· Proof of fee payment
· Digital visa photo with a white background (at least 35mm * 45mm)
· Proof of funds (Affidavit of support, bank balance, education/income sources, tax returns, etc.)
· Family Information Form
· Study Permit Application Form
· Temporary Residence Application Form
· Letter of Explanation
· Academic transcripts and certificates
· Language Test Score (if applicable)
· Resume and other supporting documents
Once you have uploaded the application forms and necessary documents, you will be required to make a payment for your visa and biometric services. The total cost for the Canadian study permit application CAD 150 and biometrics is CAD 85. You can make the payment online using an international card or visit a nearby bank.
After making the visa fee payment, you will receive a biometric instruction letter within 24 hours. You need to schedule an appointment online for biometric submission at the Canadian Visa Application Center, VFS Kathmandu, located in Chhaya Complex, Thamel, Kathmandu (https://www.vfsglobal.ca/IRCC-AppointmentWave1/Account/RegisteredLogin?q=shSA0YnE4pLF9Xzwon/x/CQ1P0LBKn66dLdNUfueK+yzShCR5+RPxbigEFl/W14/eYxBA6zowQsPQ6COlUZqLQ==). Remember to bring your passport, appointment letter, and biometric instruction letter for biometric submission.
The study permit decision is typically communicated within 8 weeks of the application submission. However, if your case is complex, it may take longer. If you receive a passport request, it indicates that your application has been approved, and you need to submit your passport to VFS. VFS will forward your passport to the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi for visa stamping. You can expect to receive your passport back within 2 weeks.
Once you have received the visa stamp in your passport, you can make travel arrangements. It is advisable to book accommodation in advance, and you can contact your college or university for possible options. As Canada experiences extremely harsh winters, ensure that you pack warm clothes and boots to cope with the cold climate.