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What are the Types of Canadian Visas?

What are the Types of Canadian Visas?

13 July 2022
What are the Types of Canadian Visas?
13 July 2022

Out of many known countries like the USA, Australia, the UK, New Zealand and more where students want to study apart from their own countries, Canada has become quite an educational hub. The country is known to be “The Land of Immigrants” as it is the top favorite for anyone who wants to migrate or wants to go for graduation and post-graduation.

Canadian universities and colleges have been known for imparting excellent education with an opportunity to interact and know people of different cultures for many years. The colleges in the country offer many courses ranging from Law to Dentistry. Some of the courses offered by colleges are Business Management, Architecture, Sports, and many more.

Having completed a degree course from Canada is recognized globally and has great value across the world. Canada’s Immigration Level Plan 2021-23 shares that the country is ready to accept around 4,11,000 immigrants in 2022 and more than 4,21,000 in the year 2023 hence allowing people to travel for temporary work, education or/and as dependents.

To help you understand under what visa you can apply for and travel to the country, whether as a foreign student or a professional who wants to work and study there are different types. Below is a list.

Work Permit

Anyone who wants to work in the country can apply for a work permit in Canada. The individual can be a business professional, a student or a temporary worker. There are two categories-

Open work permit

Under the category of open work permit visa, an individual can work for an employer adhering to the exceptions and satisfying some requirements such as

  • For the post-graduation work permit program, an international student has to be a graduate from DLI, Designated Learning Institute
  • Study costs must be met
  • An individual who has an employer-specific work permit but is in danger of getting abused concerning employment in Canada
  • Permanent residence applicants and their dependents
  • Temporary resident permit holder
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program applicant’s common law partner or spouse
  • A special program worker

Employer-specific work permit

The work permit of this applicant enables him/her to work according to the provisions of the permit. The permit shares the details of the employer, the period of the work and the location permitted for work. IRCC, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada decides the permit depending on the work.


Different types of visas for immigration to Canada include Express Entry, Quebec-selected skilled workers, Start-up Visa, Provincial nominees, Caregivers, Family Sponsorship, Self-employed and Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Dependent Visa

Any applicant can sponsor their spouses or partner or children post the age of 18. The individual must be a Canadian native, an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act and a permanent resident.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) Visa

From 2017, AIP can also be applied by Indian applicants who want to migrate to Canada. This visa type allows the companies in Atlantic Canada to recruit workers who are skilled internationally and are looking for an opportunity to migrate to the country. Indians can apply under 3 programs: Atlantic International Graduate Program, Atlantic High Skilled Program and Atlantic Immediate Skilled Program.

Student Direct Service (SDS)

Any student who wishes to study in Canada has to have a student permit. There are two ways- Student Direct Stream (SDS) or Non-Student Direct Stream (Non-SDS) through which they can apply. An SDS can be accessed by students of developing countries like Brazil, Vietnam, India, Peru and more.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is also known as IRCC offer international students from developing countries a study permit to pursue graduation and post-graduation in Canada. This permit allows the students to obtain the permit within 45 days with limited documentation.

These are the four types of visas that Canada issues to international applicants and as per the requirements, one can apply for permanent residency, further education or work opportunities. Canada is one of the most growing countries that are open to welcoming people from all around the world with open arms.

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