If you are a U.A.E resident planning to pursue your higher studies in Canada, you should apply for a student permit. A student permit is not a visa. You need an ETA or a temporary visa which allows you to enter Canada. Your student permit comes with conditions such as the date of expiry, part-time work permit. A student permit is valid until the duration of the course.

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Designated learning institute (DLE) an educational institution that is approved by the Canadian province host students from other countries.

How do I find out if my school is a designated institute?

Get an acceptance letter from a designated learning institute is mandatory to get a study permit.

Biometrics- Submit your recent photograph (that meets the specification of embassy norms) and fingerprint. You can apply online at the visa application centre for biometrics. You’ll receive a confirmation letter that allows submitting your biometrics at VAC in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. You may be required to give an interview with an officer in U.A.E.

A letter of introduction is sent if the application is approved along with an electronic travel authorization (ETA) or a temporary visa which lets you travel to Canada. ETA will be linked to your passport which is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

Health Insurance: The Canadian government doesn’t cover your medical expenses. This depends on your province. Some provinces may provide free health coverage while some come with a premium for foreign students.


  1. Should be enrolled in DLE

  2. Financially able to cover all the expenses in Canada including the course fee

  3. Should be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record

  4. Should be in Good Health

  5. Prove that you will leave Canada when your course of study is over.

Studying abroad is, of course, expensive so it would be beneficial if you find a part-time job. The best thing about student permit is that it allows you to work, provided you’re a full-time student studying in a designated institute for a degree or a diploma certificate. It is illegal to work during authorized leave from your study program, even if your study permit says you’re allowed to work in Canada. Some Canadian Universities offer a scholarship for students with outstanding results.

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