Visa Process

What is study permit?

A Study Permit gives you the authority to stay in the country. It has the details about your purpose: what is your reason, why you are here, what course level you are studying, what is the duration, and if there are any restrictions in terms of work. 

Study Permit is often confused with Student Visa. However, both of them have different meanings and purpose. A Student Visa is an authorization to enter into the country. It is a conditional authorization, which means that even if you have a student visa, the officer at the border has the authority to deny you entry into the country. 

In short,  Student Visa allows you to enter a country. 

      Student Permit allows you to stay in the country.

What is SDS and Non-SDS ?

Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a newly expedited program launched to bring proficiency in the Canada Visa Application process. There are mainly three rules under SDS visa application which international students are required to abide by to study in Canada. These are

The general category or Non-SDS category options are similar to SDS, but if you do not entirely fulfill the SDS requirement or in other words, if you get a little less points than requirements, then you have the option of general category after fulfilling the other requirements. 

Which countries qualify to apply under SDS?

The SDS is available to legal residents who reside in
To be eligible, applicants must meet specific requirements by providing documentation upfront.

What is the criteria for applying under the General Category?

The Non-SDS or General category is for students who didn’t qualify for the expedited SDS category. To make it more clear we have jot down some points to educate you about the process
  • Who can apply:

How to apply for Visa

It is one of the most tedious tasks to apply for a visa, but Aim4studies has compressed the whole process into just 5 simple steps.

Connect with visa team

The first step is to connect with the visa team after you have received the Letter of Acceptance (LOA). Our associates will contact you on your registered number and discuss the plan of action.

Communicate from your portal for documentation and charges

Once the visa team has explained the process, they will request you to upload the required documents to your account to proceed with the formalities. On your portal you can also pay necessary charges for your visa. 

Make sure all the documents are scanned clearly and in the specified format. You obviously do not want to create a fuss and delay the process.


Work with IRCC certified immigration consultant team to prepare you file

What is IRCC?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also:
In this step you work with certified consultants from IRCC to file the application for your visa and other crucial documents. These consultants are accredited and trustworthy and will make your journey easy.

Apply for visa

When your file is ready and verified, your visa application will be submitted. The visa processing time is different for each country and based on current political, environmental and biological situations in the country the timeline will get impacted.


Prepare for Travel

After the student visa approval, you have to prepare for travel and for sure you will have a lot of questions, we provide you with important guidelines and information so that your travel is safe and hassle-free.


On Arrival

After you land and have entered Canada there is mandatory registration and orientation process that you need to follow. Sometimes there are mandatory entry tests that you need to take as well. To make sure you do not miss any important part in the process, you need to book your travel in advance and stay connected with our counsellors, so that they can assist you as needed.