Frequently Asked Questions

Where to begin? Choosing a path and program

How can I understand where to start?

Fill out our application form. It is important to answer all the questions in as much detail as possible, because each case is individual, and in order to find the optimal path, we need to know your background.

I do not want to study! It would be more convenient for me to go on a work visa. How can I do that?

You can get a work visa only if you have a Job Offer, which is not so easy to get remotely. If you already have a job offer, then we advise you to consult with our immigration lawyer for further steps.

To hire a foreign citizen, the employer must prove that there is no suitable specialist among the local population and obtain a special permit from the government (Labor Market Impact Assessment), which is a very time-consuming process. Employers prefer to take those who already have a work visa. That is why many people choose to come to Canada through training since after that there is the possibility of obtaining a work visa for a year or more.

Who are the specialists in demand?

In some provincial immigration programs, there are lists of in-demand specialists – those who are needed by the region’s economy at the moment. These lists may change depending on the filling of the demand for certain professions, therefore, you should regularly check the information on the official websites of the provincial immigration ministries. As for federal immigration programs, there are no certain professions important for them. But the level according to the National Classifier of Occupations (NOC) matters.

I have an in-demand speciality, I found it in the lists. What advantages does it give me?

This means that you are already fulfilling one of the requirements of the immigration program. It also speaks of high chances of finding a job locally or even remotely (depends on the profession) if you have good English.

I already have an education, and I am already 35 years old. I did not plan to continue my studies. My main goal is immigration. Is it obligatory to study in my case?

Immigration after 35 years old is complicated by a decrease in age points for passing the Express Entry selection.

Having a job offer from an employer in Canada can give additional 50 or 200 points (depending on the level of the vacancy), but getting it remotely (from outside Canada) is very difficult and unlikely.
That is why the easiest way to get a job is to study. After a year of study, you can obtain a work permit, which will allow you to start looking for a job. Age is not a hindrance, you can study in Canada at any age.

I am considering studying in Canada followed by immigration. How can I choose a program and how long do I need to study?

To choose a field of study, you must take into account your previous work experience or qualification. Training usually takes one year. You can choose programs lasting 1.5, 2 and 3 years, but it often depends on your goals and financial capabilities.

It is undesirable to choose an area that is unfamiliar to you since there can be difficulties in finding a job after training due to the lack of experience. Moreover, you will face problems in obtaining a student visa. The immigration officer will not deal with the reason for choosing a completely new field of study and, for sure, will decline a visa application. Our managers can help you with the program choice.

I am offered a job in Canada, so I plan to come immediately on a work visa. Who can I contact for help in obtaining a work visa?

The Kiwi Education project is focused on consulting on student visas. For work and other types of visas, you can use the advice of specialists from our Kiwi Immigration project. The cost of a consultation is CAD$200. You can find other services by following the link.

Where else can I find information about Canada to help me plan my move and make my final decision?

We advise you to contact the official source – IRCC.

Education in Canada

When is it possible to start diploma programmes and language courses?

It is necessary to focus on the calendar of your educational institution. Some programs only do one, while others do three enrollments of students per calendar year. In general, there are two main intake periods, which are in September and January. Some universities and colleges also enrol in March. In language schools, training starts every week.

Why do the prices differ so much? There are programs for $10,000 and there are similar ones for $30,000. What’s the difference?

The cost of education depends on the type of education provider. There are universities, institutes of technology and private colleges.

Universities are the most expensive and the requirements are high, but the given knowledge is also at the appropriate level. Similar courses in private colleges are much more affordable, but it should be understood that low tuition fees influence teaching staff and other conditions.


Institutes of technology are the middle way, you can get a good-quality education for a reasonable cost.

How to enrol on a programme? Do I have to take any exams?

You don’t have to take any exams except submitting a certificate of any international English test (IELTS Academic, TOEFL, PTE, etc.) Sometimes it’s necessary to provide other documents. For more information, apply to our managers.

What are credits?

They are some kind of points given for each subject (15-30 credits). To get a diploma of a certain level it’s necessary to score a fixed quantity of credits. A standard Master’s programme in Canada contains 90 or 120 credits depending on the duration.

I don't know English at all, can I go to language courses in Canada?

Education in Canada is fully conducted in English or French (mainly in the province of Quebec), this applies not only to diploma programs but also to language courses. That’s why you’d better study the basis of English at home to understand everyday phrases and feel more confident during the lessons. For more information about language courses and our tips, see our website.

How much do language courses cost? How long do they last?

Costs can range from CAD $ 120 to 450 per week, depending on the school category and length of study. The longer the training, the greater the discount per week. You can choose the duration of the course yourself, as well as the start date. For students with basic English, we recommend that you devote 6 months (24 weeks) to studying at a language school. If you rate your level as intermediate, 6 months is also the best option, 14 weeks is the minimum.

Where can I take IELTS to enrol on a programme? Can I take an alternative test?

IELTS can be taken in any certified centre.

If you don’t like IELTS or it doesn’t suit you, you can take one of the other official tests, including PTE, TOEFL, CAE, etc.

I've chosen the programme and I'm going to apply directly to the institution. I’ll certainly have an extra discount because the institution won’t have to pay any commission for me.

It doesn’t matter how you will apply, the cost will be the same. It’s the policy of institutions. More likely you’ll have a discount if you apply with the help of Kiwi Education. Besides this, we help to attain a student visa.

Can I put off the start date if my plans changed after applying for a visa?

You can postpone training both before and after applying for a visa. But there is a possibility that this will entail additional financial costs since some of the provided documents will have to be updated. In addition, it must be borne in mind that a student visa is given for a specific period of time and if you start studying later, it will have to be renewed later. By law, you are not allowed to study in Canada without a valid student visa.

I'm an economist/ a manager/ an accountant/ etc., but I always wanted to be a cook/ a gardener/ a programmer. Can I retrain in Canada?

If you want to change the profession radically, you’ll have to study from the beginning, so the duration will increase to at least 2 years. Thus, it’s important to understand that the drastic change in it will likely raise questions from an immigration officer.


Therefore, think about possible proof of your interest in the new sphere. There can be some courses, contests if you did it as a hobby. It can increase your chances of obtaining a visa.

I want to study any qualification in demand, because I'm a manager/ an economist/ a marketer/ etc. and I won’t be able to find a job.

If the occupation is in the skill shortage lists it means that it’s easier to find a job. But it doesn’t mean all other specialists will be unemployed. It’s really important to find the most logical way and the chances to obtain a visa will increase.

Student visa

How long does a student visa application processing take? When should I apply for a visa?

The official processing time for a student visa is now 12 weeks, but it is constantly changing, so it’s better to track it on the IRCC website.

We recommend applying for a visa immediately after receiving the Letter of Acceptance.

What documents are needed to apply for a visa?

The list of documents is rather long, and the exact list depends on your case. Therefore, we ask you to fill in our application form. If you have any questions concerning a visa, it’s better to apply to specialists, since the website doesn’t contain all the information.


You can make a request by email

Is it necessary to translate the documents to apply for a visa?

All documents are subject to translation, which can be done at any translation agency or with a translator. Translations must be certified with a seal, apostille is not required. By law, any documents that are sent to the Canadian government must be submitted in English or French, this includes foreign diplomas, letters from work or bank statements.

Will there be an interview with an immigration officer or not?

Visa documents are uploaded online. There are no interviews with applicants, the officer can contact you by phone, but this is rather an exception to the rule. For further verification, you only need your passport. You will receive instructions on where to send your passport to obtain a visa from the Ministry of Immigration by email.

What period is a student visa given for? When does it become valid?

The visa is issued for the period of study + additional 90 days so that you have time to either extend your studies or leave the country. Typically, the validity period of the visa allows you to enter Canada earlier and stay after training, but these periods depend on the officer and are issued at their discretion. You can find out more about the validity of the visa here

What will be the name of my visa if I go to study? Will I be able to work?

This type of visa is called a Study Permit. International students studying in Canada are eligible for part-time work for 20 hours per week during the study and 40 hours per week (full-time) during official holidays. You are not allowed to work before starting your studies. Please note that you must have a special permit for your study permit to work. There are also working conditions without such permission. Follow this link to learn more.

I'm going to study English and then enrol on a diploma programme. Can I have a visa for the whole period of study?

You will have to get two visas: first for English courses, and upon their completion – for a diploma program. It is possible to obtain a visa at once for the entire period, but for this, you need to fulfil certain conditions. For more details contact your manager.

Should I leave Canada to apply for the following visa?

You can apply for your next visa without leaving Canada. Please note that the application process for your next student visa will be the same, so be prepared to provide all visa documents in advance.

You can clarify all the details of obtaining other visas from our immigration specialist.

There is a list of cities where Chest X-Ray and medical examination can be done. The nearest clinic is 1000 km away, can I get the necessary certificates at another clinic?

A list of accredited doctors for medical examinations for student visa purposes can be found at this link.

Tuition fees and living costs

When to pay a tuition fee?

Many universities require prepayment (depending on the cost of the program, the amount varies from CAD$ 1000 to 5000). The prepayment is refunded in case of a study permit decline.
Full payment for the first year of study is made after the study permit pre-approval letter. Preliminary approval indicates that the officer was satisfied with all the data you provided, and the visa will be issued to you after the full payment.

Can I work during studying?

Yes, subject to obtaining a work permit in your study permit. This permit is issued at the discretion of the visa officer at the border.
With this permission, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during training and 40 hours a week during holidays.

What is the minimum wage?

It depends on the province in which you will study. The lowest salary in the province of Saskatchewan is $ 11.45 / hour, the highest in Alberta is $ 15 / hour (excluding the northern provinces). * Data as of May 1, 2021.

Can I work off the books?

Canada is one of the least corrupted countries, therefore it’s desirable to avoid any law violation. It can lead to deportation and you won’t be able to enter Canada anymore. It can also complicate visiting other countries.

Can I earn enough for the following education working on minimum wage?

Earning minimum wage, you can cover part of your expenses for food and rental housing. But to save enough for education is practically impossible.

Are there any financial requirements for applying for a visa?

You will need a bank certificate, proving the availability of funds for the period of your stay in Canada (at least for the first year). The minimum amount per student per year is CAD $ 10,000 (CAD $ 11,000 for the province of Quebec). In addition, it is necessary to show the budget for training. The origin of the money in the account should be logically explained.

What kind of bank statement do I have to provide?

It must be a bank statement on the transactions for the last 6 months. If you had some major funds deposited, you have to explain them.


Please, contact us by our e-mail or write to your Kiwi Education manager.

Can my relatives/ friends be my sponsors if I don't have enough money?

It’s possible, but your sponsor has to provide some documents.

Can I open an account in a Canadian bank to transfer money for the tuition fee?

You can open an account remotely and transfer funds to it, but you can use the account (and the funds transferred to it) only after you personally visit the bank’s office.

What currency should I show in the account?

You can keep your money in accounts in any currency. An officer will recalculate funds at current rates.

What expenses will I have before the tuition fee?

When applying for a visa, you will have to pay a visa fee of CAD $ 150. In addition, there will be costs for translations of documents, a medical examination, a police clearance certificate and a language test (CAD $ 600-700).

Moving with a partner and children

Can my partner get a visa if I go with my family? What kind of visa?

Spouses can apply for a visitor or work visa, children – for a student visa.

When should a partner apply for a work visa?

Depends on the situation. Sometimes you can apply together, but more often we try to split such submissions: first, we apply for a student. After the student receives a visa, we apply for a partner visa.

If I go with my family, how much should I pay for my kids' school?

If children have received student visas, education in a public school is free.

If my family travels with me during my studies, will it be necessary to show funds for their living in Canada?

Yes, the first family member will need to show CAD $ 4000 for a year of residence in Canada. For each subsequent member – CAD $ 3000. The student will have to show a budget of CAD $ 833 for a month of residence in Canada and the full tuition fee.

Qualifications assessment

Are diplomas from Russia and other CIS countries recognised in Canada?

At the moment, diplomas from the CIS countries are not recognised.

What if my diploma is not recognised?

There is a procedure for evaluating diplomas in the Canadian education system, which is carried out by various organizations accredited by the Department of Immigration Canada. The most popular organization is WES (World Education Services). The process takes about 30-90 days and will cost you about CAD $ 350.

A complete list of organizations can be found here.

Is it obligatory to assess a diploma before getting a student visa?

There is no such requirement for applying for a study permit. However, the visa officer can request it at his own discretion. Evaluation of the diploma may be required by the university for admission. Therefore, it is necessary to look at the requirements of specific programs.

Your personal manager will help you figure it out.

Does it ever happen that a diploma cannot be confirmed? What to do in this case?

In Canada, there is no such thing as “confirmation” of a diploma. Government-authorised organizations assess the compliance of the received foreign education with the Canadian one. If, in the opinion of this organization, the education received cannot be accepted by the immigration authorities, then the final report will indicate the level of education indicated in the foreign diploma, and in the line “Canadian equivalent” it will be written that this level of education either does not correspond to the Canadian one, or education received at an educational institution not recognized by Canada (if, for example, it was a private institution without state accreditation).


If I study in Canada, when will I be able to get residency?

It depends on the chosen immigration program. In any case, you first need to obtain a document confirming the completion of your studies in Canada and then, not always, but in most cases, work for 12 months. Only then you can apply for Permanent Resident status under one of the immigration programs. Thus, most likely the fastest time you can become a permanent resident is 24 months after graduation.

Our Canadian Immigration Consultants will be happy to assist with all residency application issues.

Can I quit the programme and apply for residence if I find a job while studying?

No, such a scenario is impossible. Immediately, only having received a job, you cannot apply for a residence. If you follow the path of immigration through study, then first you will need to gain a minimum work experience in Canada (12 months), and only after that, you will have the opportunity to apply for a change of status through a provincial or federal immigration program, depending on your situation.

Can I have a job in a sphere different from my Canadian diploma when I apply for residence?

The answer is yes, you can work without a Canadian diploma. However, you will need to look at the specific requirements of the immigration program for which you intend to immigrate. A small number of provincial programs directly require a candidate to work in the profession according to their Canadian diploma.

What should my partner and kids do when I get the residence? Can they count on the residence?

If you receive permanent resident status in Canada, your spouse and all dependent family members (dependent children under 22 years of age) who are listed on your immigration forms when you apply for immigration will receive the same status with you.