Tips for Answering Visa Interview Questions for Canada

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Meridean Overseas

Updated On 06 February 2023 & Read Time 8 minutes


Canada is one of the favourite study-abroad destinations for international students. It is one of the most friendly nations for international students with good immigration laws. Every year many students apply to top Canadian universities to study in Canada at different study levels. While it might seem daunting, we hear about visa refusals often but don't worry. With proper guidance and tips, you can handle it all. This blog aims to provide tips and guidelines on answering visa interview questions for Canada.


Canadian Student Visa

International students must have a visa to pursue an academic program to study in Canada. In place of a Canada Student Visa, they give a "Canada Study Permit." Contrary to popular belief, a study permit differs from a student visa. A foreign person can only enter Canada with the study permission granted to them by the authorities. A temporary residence visa or an electronic travel authorisation (eTA), which would be provided as part of the study permit application, would also need to have been obtained.


You should note that the following circumstances do not necessitate the individual obtaining a study permit:

  • The training programme lasts for at least (six ) eight months.

  • They are a member of a foreign armed force performing official business in Canada.

  • Despite being from a different nation, they are considered Indians in Canada.

  • They are a member of the household or staff of a foreign official accredited by Global Affairs Canada to represent them in Canada (GAC).

Canadian Student Visa Fees

A $150 US application fee is required to obtain a Canada student visa. If the applicant must provide biometrics, the amount required to be paid begins at US$85.


The validity of a Canadian student visa varies depending on several factors, such as the length of the study program, the student's country of origin, and the type of visa issued. On average, a Canadian student visa is valid for the duration of the study program plus an additional 90 days. However, students check their visa's specific terms and conditions, which may vary.

Top Rejection Reasons

Some of the top reasons for visa rejections are below.

  • Inadequate proof that you’ll leave Canada after your studies

  • Unclear purpose of visit

  • Lack of financial security

  • Inconsistent or incomplete academic records

  • Choosing a study program that doesn’t align with your prior education or experience

  • Unexplained gaps in your education or experience

  • Low language test score

  • Family ties in Canada and your home country

  • Refusal of admission on medical or criminal grounds

  • Inadequate or inadmissible travel history

  • Incomplete documentation

  • Lying on your student visa application

Tip for Visa Interview Questions and their Answers

Here are some common questions that might be asked during a Canadian student visa interview and suggested answers:


Q. Why do you want to study in Canada?

A. You must mention why Canada appeals to you in different ways. For ex, “I want to study in Canada because it is known for its high-quality education system and friendly people. I also want to experience Canadian culture and learn from some of the best educators in the world.”


Q. What program are you applying for, and why did you choose it?

A. Mention the program and the university. Further, mention why this program because it aligns with your career goals and offers hands-on experience and opportunities to work with industry professionals.


Q. How will you finance your studies in Canada?

A. You must mention if your parents are funding your education or you’re self-funding it. Additionally, mention if you have additional funding sources, such as scholarships, grants, loans, etc.


Q. Do you have any family or friends in Canada?

A. Answer in Yes or No. If yes, explain the relationship and how often you communicate with them.


Q. What are your plans after graduation?

A. You must mention your goals after graduation. Mention plans to return to India, how you plan to use your education and experience to start a business, etc.


Q. Will you be working while you are a student in Canada?

A. Answer in Yes or No. If yes, explain the type of work you are interested in and how it will help support your studies.


Q. What are your hobbies and interests?

A. Include your hobbies and interests. Insert a short description of each hobby. It's important to be honest, and sincere in your answers and to show the interviewer that you are serious about your studies and plan to return to your home country after graduation.


Q. Why did you choose Canada for your studies?

A. You must explain why you chose Canada as your country of study. You must justify selecting a Canadian institution over those in your own country. Explain why you could not find a course in your nation comparable to what you are enrolled in. Emphasise the lucrative positions and promising career advancement available once you complete your education.


Q. What are your career goals after completing your studies in Canada?

A. You must provide details on your plans after completing your studies in Canada. Insert career goals. Mention how the education you will receive in Canada will give you the knowledge and skills needed to achieve these goals.


Q. What is the duration of your study program in Canada?

A. Mention the duration of your program to study in Canada.


Q. Have you been to Canada before?

A. Mention if this is your first time visiting Canada.


Q. Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for a Canadian student visa?

A. You must mention reasons, such as academic achievements, language proficiency, and ties to your home country.


Q. How will you ensure you comply with Canadian immigration laws and regulations?

A. You must ensure the visa officer that you will comply with Canadian immigration laws and regulations by staying informed about them, following the rules and regulations set by your institution and the Canadian government, and seeking guidance when needed.


Q. Can you assure the visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies?

A. You must assure the visa officer that you will leave Canada at your studies end. Mention that your purpose for being in Canada is for education, and you will comply with your visa conditions and leave Canada once your studies are completed.


Here are some commonly asked questions about Canadian student visa and their answers:


Q: What is a Canadian student visa?

A: A Canadian student visa, also known as a study permit, is a document that allows international students to study in Canada for a specific period.


Q: Who needs a Canadian student visa?

A: International students who want to study in Canada for more than 6 months need a student visa.


Q: How do I apply for a Canadian student visa?

A: You can apply for a Canadian student visa online or on paper, and the process typically includes providing biometric information, academic transcripts, proof of financial support, and other documents.


Q: What are the requirements for a Canadian student visa?

A: To be eligible for a Canadian student visa, you must have been accepted to a designated learning institution in Canada, have enough money to support yourself and pay for your education and living expenses, and pass a medical exam if required.


Q: How long does it take to get a Canadian student visa?

A: Processing time for a Canadian student visa varies and can take several months. It is best to apply as early as possible, especially if you need to arrange travel and accommodation.


Q: Can I work while I study in Canada with a student visa?

A: Yes, you can work while studying in Canada with a student visa, under certain conditions, such as having a valid study permit, working on campus or off-campus if eligible, and following the rules and regulations set by the Canadian government.


Moreover, if you wish to study in Canada, contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling through our website. Our expert counsellors will provide the best guidance and support for the admission and visa process. For more information or any queries, contact or 1800-1230-00011.

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