Apply for students canada visa as a Nigerian student.


International especially Nigerian students prefer Canadian universities for a variety of reasons. For beginners, they offer a high-quality education system,  a lot of incredible job opportunities, exposure to other cultures, and much more! Canadian universities are renowned for their focus on research, international collaboration, and scientific publications – three features that many international students want to take advantage of. But the problem now is how do you get there? What are the most important steps for studying in Canada? How important is the Visa application process? And most importantly how to apply for a Canadian student visa?


Cardiblogger team, have described the importance of getting a Visa. They will guide you through the step-by-step guide for applying for the Canadian student visa.

Following the steps below and have the assurance of getting your Canadian student visa

STEP 1: Get your universities acceptance letter

The first step for the Canadian visa application process is to shortlist the top universities that suit your profile. You have to Shortlist at least 3 different universities you would be interested in attending. It’s always a good idea to have back-up options instead of putting your eggs in our basket. Yes, it’s difficult to categorize universities into the Dream, Reach, and Safe categories. But once you know what your profile is and what universities are looking for, it becomes easy.

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STEP 2: Begin your application

As soon as you get your acceptance letter from the university of your choice, you need to start your application for a Canadian Student Visa, or a Student Permit (as it’s locally known). Here’s what you need to do: Go to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website and apply for your Canadian student visa online. Doing this you don’t have to wait for physical mail. Things will be quicker and easier this way which helps you to receive updates on your application status directly.

Student Permit Procedures

CVAC – Canadian Visa Application Centre is an exclusive service provider for the Government of Canada, authorised to accept applications in all temporary resident categories including study permits in Nigeria. There are four key documents which students will need to provide for their application:

  • Proof of acceptance
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of financial support
  • Letter of explanation
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STEP 3: Canadian visa requirements

Visa regulations state that if you have a family member who’s working in Canada or is applying for a work permit, your student visa application will be processed in two weeks. If you don’t have, you’ll have to wait for the standard Canadian Student Visa processing time of 90 days. However, this duration also depends on the situation in your country smiles.

Canadian student visas can be renewed to help you to continue your studies or if you wish to change universities. Once you’ve completed your studies and you receive a notification that states that you’ve completed the program, your student permit will expire in a period of 90 days. You can use this time to explore the country or to apply for a work permit, which will allow you to either get a part-time or full-time job or be self-employed.

STEP 4: Language Requirements (IELTS)

If you live in an English-speaking country, you don’t have to worry about language requirements, but if you don’t, Canadian universities require you to prove that you’re proficient in the English language. IELTS is an English language proficiency test for students who wish to study in a country where English is their first language. Students who are non-native English speakers must take this test. The IELTS test scores are offered in the form of bands to determine the level of expertise; the student posses over the English Language.

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STEP 5: Biometrics Appointment and Interview

The process requires some nationalities to provide biometrics. Have your biometrics taken if your nationality is on this list. The fee is 85 CAD, which is an additional expense. If your country is exempt from this requirement, then you don’t need to do any of this. Depending on the requirement, the applicant might have to go in for an interview at a local Visa Application Center, for which a small fee will be charged.


Once you have followed and completed this steps you have to buy a big travelling bag and wave goodbye to Nigerian Lol. But be cautioned this is not an easy procedure as it sounds. So, our suggestion is that you maintain a study abroad checklist to keep track of all the things you have to do before flying in order not to make a wrong decision.

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