Canada is very famous among students from India and other subcontinent countries, who aim for studying abroad. In particular, SPP programs are very popular, but many student face challenges for finding information about SPP programs and colleges that offer SPP programme. Students are also curious to know career and immigration impact of studying under SPP programs.
We have created this FAQ that will be very handy for students planning for studying in Canada.
What is SPP?
SPP stands for Student Partners Program. SPP is designed in partnership between the Canadian Visa Offices in India and The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) for the purpose of improving the outcomes of visa applications for Indian students who are aiming for studies abroad.
What is so special about SPP Colleges?
Applying under SPP increases the probability of getting visa.
What are the advantages of applying under SPP?
- · Fast visa processing
- · Advance medicals reports
- · Quality of the institutions is assured
- · Less documents required for visa
- · Income Tax Proof not required
What are the name of colleges and universities that are covered under SPP?
This is the list of Colleges and Universities covered under SPP and their location in Canada (handy list to find colleges in Toronto and Vancouver, etc.):
|NAME OF COLLEGE||LOCATION|
|Algonquin College||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Bow Valley College||Calgary, Alberta|
|Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology||Hanson and Sudbury, Ontario|
|Camosun College||Victoria, British Columbia|
|Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology||Toronto, Ontario|
|College of New Caledonia||Prince George, British Columbia|
|College of the Rockies||Cranbrook, British Columbia|
|Columbia College||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Conestoga College||Kitchener, Ontario|
|Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology||Ontario, Canada|
|Douglas College||New Westminster, British Columbia|
|Durham College||Oshawa, Ontario|
|Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology||London, Ontario|
|George Brown College||Downtown Toronto, Ontario|
|Georgian College of Arts & Technology||Barrie, Ontario|
|Grant MacEwan University||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning||Toronto, Ontario|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University||Surrey, Richmond, British Columbia|
|Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology||Sarnia, Ontario|
|Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology||Belleville, Ontario|
|Marine Institute of Memorial University||St John’s, Newfoundland|
|Medicine Hat College||Medicine Hat and Brooks, Alberta|
|Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology||Hamilton, Ontario|
|Niagara College||Niagara, Ontario|
|North Island College||Vancouver Island, British Columbia|
|Northern Alberta Institute of Technology||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Northern College||Dawson Creek, British Columbia|
|Northern Lights||Northern British Colambia|
|Okanagan College||Kelowna, British Columbia|
|Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Selkirk College||Castlegar, British Columbia|
|Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology||King City, Greater Toronto|
|Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning||Oakville, Ontario|
|St-Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology||Windsor, Chatham, Wallaceburg, Ontario|
|St. Lawrence College||Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston, Ontario|
|University of The Fraser Valley||Abbotsford, British Columbia|
|Vancouver Island University||Nanaimo, British Columbia|
|Vancouver Community College||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|New Brunswick College of Craft and Design||Fredericton, New Brunswick|
|Fleming College||Peterborough, Ontario|
|Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (SIAST)||Saksatoon, Saskatchewan|
|Parkland College||Canora, Saskatchewan|
What are the requirements for applying under SPP?
- · The student should have a minimum of 50% or ‘C’ grade in their most recently completed degree/diploma.
- · Medical examination from an SPP approved Physician is essential prior to submitting the visa application form.
- · The Letter of Acceptance should have planned start date and end date of the program.
- · It is mandatory to give the IELTS and should score a minimum of 6.0.
- · Education loan from an Indian Chartered Bank is mandatory and 80% of tution costs, living for 1 year and travel expenses should be covered from the loan.
- · Full mark sheets are required. (Consolidated mark sheet are not acceptable).
- · More than one year of gap is not recommended.
What is the processing time of SPP student visa application?
An SPP student visa application takes around 5 to 10 working days.
What is the visa application deadline?
SPP applications should be submitted by 1st of August in order to seek admission for September intake. Indian students can sent their application directly to VFS (Visa Facilitation Services) in New Delhi or Chandigarh.
Can a visa once refused be granted if apply under SPP?
No. To apply under SPP the student should have never been refused a study permit to Canada. If a visa is once refused then the student has to apply outside SPP.
Can I apply without IELTS?
No, Minimum score of IELTS 6.0 band is compulsory to under SPP. See comparison of IELTS and other English tests.
Can I apply without education loan?
No, Education loan for 80% of the first year of expenses is compulsory to consider an application under SPP. If you have funds and do not wish to take up the education loan, you can apply for visa under general category but not under SPP.
Do SPP Colleges offer an MBA programme?
Most of the SPP Colleges offer diploma, Bachelors, Graduate diploma and PG Diploma.
How good are the colleges which are not a part of the SPP?
Canada has a well established education system looked after independently by each province. Even the big universities are not a part of the SPP as they do not come under the definition of Student Partnership Program however they are quality institutions. You need to be more responsible while selecting a private school or college. They have their own values for education; student’s applying to such institutions will be assessed under general category. Click here to know more about Canadian education system for studying abroad.
Are the chances of getting visa without SPP is nil?
No, this is completely a myth. SPP files get priority for assessment in terms of processing time and less documentation. However student applying under general category, their files go through proper assessment and verification and students who are genuinely looking forward to study in Canada and who can afford the studies are given the visa.
Can I apply for PNP without having studied under SPP?
SPP is not linked to PNP. PNP or Provincial Nomination Program has its own requirement. It is open for all the students who have studied under any category and keen to apply for permanent residency (PR) in Canada.
Can I get work permit in Canada if I do not study under SPP?
Work permit scheme is open to all the international students who have graduated with proper qualification from any of the accredited institutions. Work permit has its own requirement and each student should qualify those requirements.
According to the present status of work permit in Canada, a student whose duration of course is for two years or more will get a work permit for 3 years in Canada. If the duration of study is for less than 2 years then the duration of work permit will be equal to the duration of study.
|Duration of Study||Work Permit duration|
|2 years||3 years|
|Less than 2 years||Equal to the duration of study|
In addition, for the first six months the student will be entitled to work only inside the college campus.
Can I settle in Canada after completion of my studies?
Yes, you can. In order to get a Permanent Residency in Canada your file needs to score at least 60 points.
Where can I find more about SPP and overseas education in Canada?
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Thanks for reading this. We hope it will clear doubts of many students looking for studying abroad not only in Canada but also in US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore etc.