American Student Visa for Studying Bachelor's in Canada -

Visa Info for American Students Going to a University in Canada

  • 4-6 Months Start applying
  • 150 CAD Visa fee
  • Not required Proof of language

Study permit

If you're a student from United States, you'll need the Study permit to study in Canada. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Canada. Find out the best information about the process of getting the Study permit to decide if studying abroad in Canada is right for you.

How much time will it take to get my visa?

Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Canadian Study permit. You should apply at least 4-6 months before your university degree programme starts.

After you've applied, you can expect that you'll wait about 35 days for the decision.

Main steps to take for the Canadian student visa

Here is what American students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Canada:

You can apply for visa online or on paper. If you apply on paper you will have to visit a visa application centre in the U.S. to submit your documents. Depending on your situation, after your application is analysed, it is possible you will be called to a visa interview.

American students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The Study permit from Canada is valid for up to course duration + 3 months. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Canada after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.

How much will I have to pay for the student visa?

To apply for the Canadian Study permit, you will also have to pay a fee of 150 CAD. Depending on your situation, Canadian authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in United States, or through a bank transfer.

American students won't need to get health insurance for the Canadian visa.

What documents will I need to get for my student visa?

When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Canada, they require you to prove that if you are going to study in any province except Quebec you can pay 833 CAD/month, or if you are going to study in Quebec you can pay 917 CAD either from an external source, or already in your bank account.

American students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Canada. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Canada.

American students won't need to take a medical test before arriving in Canada.

American students won't need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Canada.

Look at the Canada immigration website for more detailed visa information.


While you obsessively stare at pictures of Justin Trudeau (don't deny it!), you may as well see whether Canada is actually a place you can study a Bachelor's degree abroad. The Great White North and the super friendly upstairs neighbors to the U.S., Canada is known for its maple syrup, the Niagara Falls, and their excellent ice hockey teams. Last but not least, some of the top universities in the world offer competitive Bachelor's degrees in Canada, and students from all over the world have come to join the biggest names in their field.

Canada is the world's most educated country, with over half of its residents having university degrees. Popular subjects you may choose for a Bachelor's programme in Canada include: Journalism, Politics, Medicine, Engineering and Information Technology, plenty of which are English-taught.

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