Student Partnership Program – SPP
STUDENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM – SPP
The Canadian Visa Office will only accept applications with the updated checklist so please always refer to the website version when submitting new applications to ensure that the application is complete.
The Canadian High Commission in India, in collaboration with Canadian Colleges, commit to the continuation and growth of the Student Partners Program with the following updates:
1. For post graduate academic program applications, SPP Partner colleges and their representatives commit to submitting SPP applications from students with minimum Second Division/Class degrees with an overall minimum score of 50%.
George Brown College will only issue a letter of acceptance for post graduate program applications that have the following university transcript minimums:
• First Class with Distinction – above 75%
• First Class – above 60% OR
• Second Class – 50% – 59%
2. Student applicants must submit a completed and signed Student Partners Program checklist, using the format provided by the visa offices, including the declaration attesting that the student has never before been refused a Study Permit to Canada.
3. Student applicants submit a copy of the most recent diploma or leaving certificate, and the most recent degree or diploma’s full mark sheets (consolidated marks sheets are not acceptable).
4. Students MUST demonstrate the purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution, in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for their first year in Canada.
For information regarding the Student GIC program please visit : http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/0,,5698,00.html
The following important issues to improve the SPP program for all:
Extra Documents: clear statements on the SPP cover sheet state that no additional documents are to be submitted. Please make sure it comply with this requirement as “non-compliant” applications will be processed outside of SPP by The visa offices.
Late Applications: Applications should be submit under SPP be submitted not less than 4 weeks before the start of class. It is strongly recommended by the Visa Office that you submit the applications by 01 December for January entry and by April 1 for May entry. Applications for a Study Permit received after these dates will not normally be processed in time for the start of class and will likely be refused.
Students who have previously been refused any Canadian Study Permit application are not eligible to apply under SPP. The Visa Office still received repeat applications, often re-submitted after a refusal letter with the same documents and frequently third and even fourth applications. The Visa Office is required to assess all applications submitted and by administrative practice they ensure a second application is reviewed by a different officer. Naturally, however, the refusal rate of subsequent applications is very high. This alters SPP data significantly. As the program grows, the number of previously refused applicants grows. SPP is designed to be a high-efficiency processing system for low risk, high approval rate applications. Previously refused applications do not fit that description. The Visa Office will consider only one application per applicant as an SPP application. All subsequent applications for the same candidate will be processed outside of SPP.
- Scotiabank Student GIC Program
- Scotiabank Students Start Right & GIC Training Guide