Passport & Consular Services

Can I Apply for a Student Visa In Person?

Yes, in most cases, you can apply for a student visa (study permit) in person at the nearest Canadian embassy, consulate, or Visa Application Center (VAC) in your country. Applying in person allows you to submit your application and supporting documents directly and may provide an opportunity to clarify any questions or concerns with the visa officers.

Here are the steps to apply for a student visa in person:

Check the location: Find the nearest Canadian embassy, consulate, or VAC in your country. You can typically find this information on the official website of the Canadian government or by contacting the embassy or consulate directly.

Prepare your application and supporting documents: Gather all the necessary documents for your study permit application, including your acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), proof of financial support, passport, photographs, and any other required documents.

Schedule an appointment: Some visa offices may require you to schedule an appointment before visiting in person. Check the website or contact the embassy/consulate/VAC to determine if an appointment is necessary and how to schedule it.

Attend the appointment: On the scheduled date and time, visit the Canadian embassy, consulate, or VAC as per the instructions provided. Bring all your application forms, supporting documents, and the application fee payment.

Submit your application: Provide all the required documents to the visa officer at the designated location. The officer will review your application, verify the documents, and collect any biometric data if necessary.

Pay the application fee: If you haven’t already paid the application fee, you may be required to make the payment at the time of submitting your application. Check the specific fee payment instructions provided by the visa office.

Receive acknowledgment and wait for processing: After submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgment receipt or other proof of submission. The visa office will then process your application, which can take several weeks or longer.

It’s important to note that the application process and requirements may vary based on your country of citizenship and the specific visa office you are applying to. It is advisable to consult the official Canadian government website or contact the nearest Canadian embassy, consulate, or VAC for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the application process for a student visa in person.

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