Applying for a Canadian Study Permit from Nigeria

Original Post from Posted in August 2014.

A client whom we assisted in securing an admission to an MBA program at University in British Columbia, recently shared his process of applying for a Canadian Study Permit from Nigeria with us.


He completed is undergraduate in Accounting in Nigeria. During his NYSC, we began processing his applications for master’s programs in Canada. In April 2014, he received a conditional acceptance letter pending his payment of the first installment of his tuition fees to the school. Once that was completed, his admission letter was mailed to him. The start date for his program is January 2015. With the admission letter he began the process of applying for his study permit. Below are the details of his application process.

Affidavit: I am being sponsored by my parents, Therefore, they provided an Affidavit of Support. An affidavit of Support is a written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation at a court testifying that the sponsor can and will sponsor you during your study in Canada. The document that was provided included the following information

1. Introduction of sponsor

2. Relationship of sponsor to applicant

3. Reason for the Affidavit

4. A statement of responsibility of all financial requirement during the program of study

5. A list of all relevant sources of income to support the above statement

Financial support documents : In addition to the affidavit, my parents provided bank statements showing their income and investments. They also included their business incorporation letter.

Degrees and Certificate: I included my BSc. and NYSC certificates as well as my birth certificate and certificate of origin.

Acceptance Letter: This is a very important document and should state that your school of choice is a Designated Learning Insitution(DLI). You can find the DLI number for your institution on the CIC website if this is not stated on your admission letter.

Medical Examination: I completed my medical examination before submitting my application, therefore I was able to include my medical slip (that was provided to me by the physician) with my application.

Other documents include;

  • Police Clearance

  • Passport photographs

  • Photocopy of the bio data page from the international passport‎,

  • International Passport

Immigration forms I completed were

  • Study permit application made outside of canada (IMM 1294)

  • Completed family information (IMM ‎5645)

  • Document checklist for a study permit (IMM 5483E)

My Application Processing Timeline

Submitted my application on June 18th 2014.

I received an email stating that I was granted the multiple entry visa on August 5th 2014.

Dcouments and passport arrived from the embassy on August 12th 2014.

My visa application process took about 2 months.

I was given a multiple entry visa dated August 1st 2014 to March 31st 2016.


For more information on applying for a study permit/visa from Nigeria, click here.

Read about another Nigerian student’s success with Study Permit Application here .

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Not sure how much funds to show for your application? Read this post – “Proof of Financial Support for Study Permit”

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