This is a checklist for admission to a Canadian university and study permit application for Bangladeshi Applicants. It is based on my experience and may not be applicable to everyone. I hope it helps you in some way.

Admission to a Canadian University:

1. English Proficiency Test:

  • Register for the IELTS exam, ensuring it’s well in advance of application deadlines. Online IELTS is more convenient and easier in my opinion.
  • Attend preparation classes or self-study to ensure a competitive score.
  • Take the exam and retrieve the IELTS score report.

2. Academic Documents:

  • Request your Provisional Certificate and Transcript from your undergraduate institution.
  • Secure and verify all original documents for O Levels, A Levels, or equivalents.

3. Statement of Purpose (SOP) for university:

  • Conduct thorough research about your chosen course and university.
  • Compose a compelling SOP that stands out.
  • Revise and proofread the SOP multiple times or seek professional help.

4. Payment Preparations:

  • Research and choose a bank offering an international payment card with minimal fees. Try EBL, BRAC or City Bank.
  • Visit the bank and apply, making sure to keep all documents handy.
  • Once received, activate, and endorse your passport with the card for international transactions.

5. University Selection:

  • Explore the IDP website, taking note of entry requirements, course content, and faculty credentials.
  • Shortlist around 3-5 universities, prioritizing those aligning with your goals.

6. Recommendation Letters:

  • Approach professors or individuals who know your academic/professional capabilities well.
  • Offer guidance on the content, focusing on your strengths, achievements, and potential.
  • Check in periodically to remind them of the submission deadline.

7. University Application:

  • Familiarize yourself with each university’s specific application process.
  • Gather required documentation and fill out the application meticulously.
  • Look into potential scholarships, grants, and assistantship opportunities.

8. Post Acceptance:

  • Once admitted, promptly confirm your acceptance by the given deadline.
  • Review any requirements like initial deposits or course preparations.

9. Payment and Banking:

  • Identify a reputable bank to open a student file account.
  • Obtain university payment details and transfer the necessary fees.
  • Retain all transaction records and confirmation receipts such as SWIFT copy. Retrieve a payment acknowledgment from the university.

Canadian Study Permit (Visa) Application:

10. SOP for Visa Officer:

  • Emphasize genuine intentions of studying and returning post-study.
  • Address concerns proactively, like financial capabilities or ties to the home country.

11. Financial Documents:

  • Approach your bank for recent solvency and account statements. These documents are usually required for the last 6 months and are valid for 15 days since the date of issue.
  • Ensure your sponsors have sufficient funds and can prove their financial capacity. Currently, the recommended liquid asset is tuition fee + board and lodging for the duration of the course, which is around 60 lakhs BDT for a 2-year program. For fixed asset make your sponsor’s net worth at least 2 crore BDT.
  • If your sponsor is a business owner, include the business documents and tax returns.
  • If your sponsor is a salaried employee, include the employment documents and tax returns. If your sponsor has a provident fund, include the PF statement.

12. Property Documents:

  • Make copies of all the propert documents, including the deed, mutation, and tax receipts. If you’ve any properties rented out, include the lease agreement and rent receipts.

13. Identification Documents:

  • Ensure all IDs and passports are valid and not close to their expiration date. minimum 6 months validity is recommended.
  • Get high-quality photos following visa specifications. 35x45mm, white background, matte finish, and no glasses.

14. Asset Evaluation:

  • Consult reputable CA Firms with experience in international student evaluations.
  • Ensure the affidavit is comprehensive and reflects a strong financial position.

15. Police Verification:

  • Visit the local police department’s website to initiate the verification process.
  • Follow guidelines strictly to avoid any delays. Get a copy of your passport attested by a gazetted officer.

16. Medical Examination:

  • Find a Canadian-approved health center.
  • Schedule and complete the upfront medical test. You’ll need to bring prescription for all the medicines you’re taking and drink a lot of water before the test.

17. Financial Explanation:

  • Detail how you’ll fund your education without financial distress.
  • Clearly demonstrate a well-planned budget and funding source.

18. Miscellaneous Documents:

  • Ensure all additional documents are current and valid such as birth certificates, COVID-19 vaccination certificates, etc.
  • Get translations and notarizations as required.

19. Document Review:

  • Opt for agencies with a strong reputation and prior success.
  • Address any concerns or suggestions they might have.

20. Digital Preparations:

  • Use a high-quality scanner for clear, legible copies. Avoid mobile apps. There are some file size restrictions for online applications keep that in mind.
  • Organize digital files methodically for easy access.

21. IRCC Application:

  • Study guidelines for each form to ensure accuracy. Fill up the forms IMM 1294, IMM 5645 and IMM 5257.
  • Keep track of all login credentials and application IDs.
  • Submit the application and pay the fees with your own card.

22. Biometrics:

  • Once notified, schedule the biometrics appointment promptly with the nearest Visa Application Center (VAC).
  • Ensure you carry all the required documents to the appointment. You’ll need to bring all of your passports, biometrics instruction letter, payment receipt, VAC appointment letter, and 2 copies of your passport. I’d recommend buying the VFS Global Premium Lounge service for a hassle-free experience if you see huge queues in the VAC.

Lastly, always remember to keep backups of all documents and correspondence. Regularly check your email (including spam/junk folders) for any communication from universities or Canadian authorities.