Getting a Canadian Visa and Study Permit in Nigeria made Simple


Do you have an interest of going to Canada? Is it for school, work, visit, vacation or something else? Have you being trying to get a visa to Canada or apply for a study permit but don’t know how to go about it? Worry no more because Getting a Canadian Visa and Study Permit in Nigeria made Simple

In this post we are going to answer questions like

What are the requirements and steps of getting a Canadian visa?

How can I get a study permit to study in Canada?

How can I apply for a study permit to study in Canada?

How long does it take to get a study permit in Canada?


1.You must meet the following requirements

  • You must have a valid international passport
  • You must be of sound health
  • You must be able to convince the immigration officer that you have a business, job or family that will make your come back to your country after your short stay in Canada.
  • You must be able to show them proof that you are financially stable i.e. having enough money to cover your stay in Canada.

All these requirements should be submitted at the visa application center


  1. Fill and submit your visa application form

If you have a scanner or camera to create copies of your form for uploading and a valid card payment then fill the form online here

Or you can download the temporary resident visa application form here and follow the instruction that will help you fill your application correctly. Note: the application must include the bar code page and you must decide if you are going for a temporary resident visa, student visa or work permit.


  1. Fill the VFS consent form

Download the VFS form, fill it and attach it with your application form.


  1. Pay the visa application fees

If you are in Nigeria you can pay for the visa application fees at the Canada visa application center located at No 16 Billings way, Oregun Industrial area, Ikeja in Lagos, you might be charged an additional $39.82 at the center and you are to pay in person at the bank counter in the center.


  1. Submit your visa application package

After paying the visa application fees then submit your visa application form with other required documents as well as your proof of payment of your visa processing and bio-metric fees.

You will be issued receipt which contains a unique tracking number that will be used to track the status of your application.


  1. Track your application

Enter your unique tracking number contained in your receipt on this page to track the status of your application.


  1. Wait for your application processing

It usually takes 14 days if you are applying for a temporary resident visa to Canada


  1. Submit your passport

You can submit your passport either through the courier services or in person. Note that; you can only submit your passport once you receive a letter from the Canadian government to do so.

You will be charged a passport transmission service of $31.86 at the counter and you will need to provide proof of your passport payment alongside your passport which will be forwarded to the deputy high commission of Canada in Lagos.


  1. Retrieve your passport

You will be notified to come pick up your passport once it’s ready, you can pick it up in person or you provide your address to the courier return services in the envelope containing your passport.

Note: you will not be allowed a Canadian visa if have committed any human right violations, being convicted of a crime or pose a security risk in addition your visa application will also be declined if you lied in your application or interview.

Getting a Canadian Visa and Study Permit in Nigeria made Simple


A study permit enables you to study and sometimes allows you to work in Canada

For those of you that want to study in Canada, it’s very important you have the right documents


Proof of acceptance

This is just the letter from the institution you applied for in Canada (the institution must be recognized by the Canadian government)

Proof of identity

You need to provide a valid passport ( 2 recent sized photos of you with your name and date of birth specified at the back)

Proof of financial support

You must provide a bank statement or anything similar that will cover your stay and expenses during your stay as a student in Canada including your tuition fees and living expenses.

Letter of explanation

This is a letter that explains to the visa officer that you know the implications of you going to study in Canada.

You must have paid for the study permit and provide proof.

You must be in good health and be willing to complete your medical examination if necessary

You must be able to satisfy the immigration officer that will leave Canada at the end of your stay

You must not have any criminal record

Accepted Language test

IELTS, TOEFL & Cambridge English

Getting a Canadian Visa and Study Permit in Nigeria made Simple


There are basically two ways of applying for a study permit in Canada

You can apply online here for your Canadian student visa

or You can also apply on paper by visiting any Canada embassy in your country

After applying for a study permit you are going to receive a Letter of Introduction that shows that you have being accepted or a letter that tells you why you were rejected note; letter of introduction is not a study permit, take the letter with you to the immigration officials at the point of entry.


Usually it takes 13 weeks to get your study permit if you are from Nigeria and varies depending on your country.

Thanks for reading we wish you the best on your applications.


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