SPP Canada – excellent option for study abroad

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SPP Canada

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?

We have built our expertise on SPP college admissions, most suitable courses and visa success in Canada. We provide free assessment and guidance to any genuine student. If you have any query regarding SPP admission please feel free to mail at enquiry@espireeducation.com or contact us directly here.

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.

Click here for free assessment for SPP admission and visa process.

About Shahina Khan

Shahina Khan has more than 16 years of experience in higher education consultancy. She is recipient of multiple awards and renowned expert for international education, visa and culture. Ms. Khan continually explores new study destinations for Indian & South Asian students, and works on promotional strategies with a number of trusted institutions of higher education in various countries.

3,324 thoughts on “SPP Canada – excellent option for study abroad

  1. Hello
    my profile is as
    10th 76.4% 2008
    12th 63.66% 2010(NON MEDICAL)
    Bachelor in Business Administration(BBA) 64.75% 2013
    IELTS L- 7.0 R- 6.0 W- 7.0 S- 6.5 OVERALL 6.5
    i WANT to apply for Canada in Sheridan College.I want to go for Marketing Management as i have an interest in this field.My question is that whether this post graduate certificate is a relevant course as far as my previous studies is concerned and also should i explain in SOP the reason for change of stream from science to commerce?

  2. i just want to know that how long it will take to be self dependent, if i am on student visa at canada!!..

    1. It totally depends upon your part time work you get and your lifestyle. Generally students become self dependent after getting Jobs.

  3. i got overall 6 bands but i in one module i got 5 bands in listng but in other modules i got above 5.5 my bands are 5 in listng 5.5 in readng 6 in writng ad 6.5 in speaking so can i apply for study visa in canada

  4. hello sir,,myself Gurpreet i am a commerce post graduate and wanna apply for canada for higher studies.
    my academics are 10th 80% in 2005, 12th 73% in 2007, b.com with 68% in 2010 and m.com. with 70% in 2012 and ielts band 0.5 overall with 7 in listening and reading each, 6.5 in writing and 6 in speaking.
    can i apply for a PG diploma or any post graduate course ?
    if yes, then can i get the course in alberta state whether in edmonton or calgary ?
    what are the chances of getting a visa ?
    plz reply sir,,,i have posted a comment last night also bt i didnt get a reply nd even my comment does nt appear here.

  5. hllo sir
    i have done BSc medical in2012,nd ielts score is 6 not less than 5.5 in any module .m i eligible to apply canada for higher studies

    1. You can get admission few options are available. for Visa it is recommended to have 6.5 IELTS for PG and 6 for UG

  6. hello sir, I am milkha singh. I have done my 10th in 2010 with 62% and 12th in commerce stream in 2012 with 60% then IELTS over all 5.5 and in each module R 5.5, W 5.0, L 4.5, S 6.0 may i apply for further education at any city in canada .

  7. my name is karan. i am planning to study in canada.here is my profile.
    10th-56% 2010
    12th-74% 2012(non-medical)
    pursuing bacelor of food science & tech 2nd year
    IELTS score
    L-7.5
    W-6.0
    S-6.0
    R-6.0
    OVERALL BAND SCORE-6.5

    my question is that as my profile is very clear to you that i have two years gap after my 12th..and also my bachelor will completed in the year 2016 because it is 4 years program.so i had decide to quit bachelor in india and move to canada….what are my chances please specify me

    thanks
    karan

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