You have been accepted into an education program in a distant country and start to plan your application for a study permit. Below are 5 tips that will help you and maximize your chances of being approved.
1. Apply early
Countries such as Canada and the United States receive a large number of applications for study permits per year. Therefore, you need to apply early. Failure to do so may result in your application not being processed in time to allow you to enter the host country in time to begin your studies.
To ensure your application is processed and subsequently approved on time, begin your application and gather your documents early. Consult with the government agency’s website to determine the latest date you can submit your application. This will give you a definite deadline of when to have it in by.
2. Complete application in full
There is a reason that agencies ask for certain information on the application- they need this to assess your suitability to receive a study permit. If you make any errors or leave fields blank it could result in your application being delayed or even denied.
Before submitting your application for a study permit, review it a few times to make sure your information is correct and you have not missed anything required. Go over any checklists included and also confirm that all supplementary documents are included. This will ensure the immigration agency has all they need to process your application.
3. Show commitment to tuition
When applying for a study permit, you need to show that you have enough for tuition as well as for personal expenses. If you fail to do so, the permit officer will refuse your application because you will not be able to afford the program and support yourself while in the host country.
Whether you will be footing the bill for your expenses or a family member, it is crucial that you include documents in your application showing that the funds are available for tuition as well as expenses while abroad. Because you can work up to 20 hours per week after your arrival, you will only need to show you have the funds to pay for one year.
4. Keep copies
The requirements for applications for study permits can mean that you need to include items such as a passport and school records. These are important and even if the permit agency says they will be sent back after your application is processed, you definitely want to make copies of them.
Because host countries get many applications for study permits, sometimes they get lost in the shuffle along with supporting documents that are included with them. As a result, you may get contacted to re-submit documents and if this happens you want to be able to do so in a timely manner. This will require you to make copies of everything you send them. That way, you will not have to take steps to replace them before re-sending as this will delay your application being processed tremendously.
5. Show ties to your home
Study permits are temporary, allowing you to pursue your education within a set period of time. Therefore, you need to demonstrate your understanding of this to the permit officer and that you will be returning home after your permit expires.
To demonstrate your ties to your home country and your intentions to return, outline your future plans in your application. Specify any family you have in your country as well as plans to continue your education or pursue employment. This will show the permit officer in charge of your application that the chances of you remaining illegally in the country are slim.