immigration programs


About Studying in Canada

Canada has a first-class education system. Students from across the globe pursue studies in Canada in order to achieve world-renowned academic credentials.

Being an international student in Canada can open many doors and opportunities! As a student you will gain valuable insight into life in Canada, culture and environment. You will be able to work during your studies (within the legal guidelines of this class), and once you have graduated you will be able to apply for a post-graduation work permit.

Eligibility criteria for Study Permit application

  • Letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution
  • Proof of finances to support your first year of tuition, living expenses, and return transportation to your home country
  • A Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate, or CAQ) if study is in Montreal or elsewhere in the Province of Quebec
  • No criminal record (a Police Clearance Certificate might be requested)
  • Good health (a medical examination might be requested)
  • Medical insurance
  • Satisfy the immigration officer that he or she will leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay

Accompanying family members

An applicant for a Canadian study permit may include his or her family members on the application. An accompanying spouse may be able to obtain an open work permit, and minor children may be able to study at Canadian elementary and secondary schools.

Financial support

Applicants will need to prove that they have sufficient funds to cover tuition for the first year of studies and living expenses for themselves and accompanying family members. Required (minimum) amounts that a student is required to possess:

Number of people All provinces except Quebec
Single student Tuition plus CAD$10,000 for a 12 month period
One accompanying family member add: CAD$4,000 for a 12 month period
Each additional family member, add: CAD$3,000 for a 12 month period per dependent child

Quebec has different financial requirements. In addition to tuition fees, the following funds are required by prospective students:

Number of people Amount required per year
You (the student) CAD$11,000
First family member age 18 or older CAD$5,100
First family member under age 18 CAD$3,800
Every additional accompanying family member age 18 or older CAD$5,125
Every additional accompanying family member under age 18 CAD$1,903

 Proof of financial support can be in the form of:

  • a Canadian bank account in your name, if you have transferred money to Canada
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
  • student/education loan from a bank
  • bank statements for the past 4 months
  • bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
  • proof of paid tuition and housing fees
  • a letter from the school or person giving you money or
  • proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.

Once an application is approved

If an application is approved, the prospective student will receive:

  • A letter of introduction confirming the approval. This is not the study permit and the prospective student will need to present this letter to the immigration officer when arriving at the port of entry in Canada. The officer may then issue the study permit.
  • Either an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). The eTA is issued if he or she is from a country whose citizens need an eTA, and the applicant must travel with the passport used in the study permit application. A TRV is issued for an applicant who is from a country whose citizens need a TRV. This will be in the passport and the holder must enter Canada before the expiry date of the TRV. A separate application for a TRV does not need to be made as it will be issued along with the Letter of Introduction.

Post-graduation work permit (PGWP)

You may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) if you graduated from an eligible designated learning institution (DLI). The length of your PGWP depends on the length of your study program. Only programs more than 8 months in length are eligible.

You have 180 days after your school issues your final marks to apply for a PGWP. Your study permit must have been valid at some point durings these 180 days.


We can assist you with your study or post-graduation work permit application. Please book a consultation for a thorough walk-through of what is required.

Initial Consultation

How do i book a consultation

Please email (preferred), WhatsApp message, or call (leave detailed message) with a summary of your scenario. If we are able to assist you, we will follow up with the booking details.

Once you have a time selected, you will be asked to sign the terms and conditions, and pay for the consultation. If you are booking an in-person consultation you have the option of an e-transfer, sent ahead of the appointment. No cash or debit cards are accepted. ALL appointments must be fully paid for prior to the consultation time being reserved. Until payment is received your spot could be lost.

You will receive a confirmation email, and a link to an online meeting if your consultation is online.

If you are not able to find a convenient time for your in-person or online consultation, please contact us and we will do our best to accomodate you.


What to Expect

The consultation is designed to assess your eligibility for immigration streams to Canada. The Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant will advise you on possible pathways, give you ideas for increasing your score or other requirements, and assist you with creating a plan. You will not be encouraged to spend money or time on something which has a high failure rate or that you simply don’t qualify for. We pride ourselves in being 100% transparent at all times.

what techology do i need for online consultations

We use Zoom video conferencing for our consultations. This has proven to be the best experience for clients as the sound and picture quality are generally excellent. It is highly recommended that you use a good headset or microphone attached to your computer or device.

We recommend that you download the free software in advance of the meeting. Then simply click on the link in your confirmation email and join the meeting at the time of the consultation.

If the Zoom platform doesn’t work for you, or you prefer another means of communication, we are happy to work with your choice. Please let us know ahead of time.

The one-on-one initial consultation is with our immigration counsel and Director, Dianne Olsen. This meeting can be done in-person or online and involves a discussion of your personal circumstances in relation to immigrating to Canada. You will receive a breakdown of your options as well as an informed understanding of the process. We firmly believe in being completely up-front about the chances of success for any immigration plan. The consultation process is designed to provide you with a “push in the right direction” and you will never feel pressured to retain us for anything further.

If you do choose to retain us for Full Package services of C$1,500 and above, within 5 business days of the consultation, we will provide you with a credit for the same amount paid (C$150) and apply it to the balance of your total retainer fees.

To book a consultation, please email (preferred) or call 1-778-800-9963 and provide us with a detailed description of your situation. We will then provide you with our booking link to arrange a time convenient for you.

I can highly recommend Olsen Canadian Immigration – Dianne provided a succinct and honest assessment which enabled me to make decisions without wasting time and expense exploring avenues that wouldnt have a high chance of success. Thank you!

—Dave Aitken, South Africa