When we speak with young Hispanics who decide to study in Montreal, attracted by the characteristics of the city and the quality of education, the usual question is where do I start? Here we give you 3 tips that will help you clarify the steps for your study process successfully.
Apply for the right visa
One of the easiest ways to come to study in Montreal is with a tourist visa. And also one of the most common mistakes. At first, they think that they come for 4, 5, or 6 months to study languages or a short career.
Then, they end up attracted by the life experience that the city offers and want to make a change of status for a study visa. There the complications begin and, in some cases, they must return to their country until their student visa is approved.
For this reason, it is essential to plan and anticipate all the legal aspects of your country. Last-minute proceedings and requests to change legal status can frustrate your plans, to the point that the government rejects your application for a study visa.
Define the nature of your project
Some of the main drawbacks of the lack of concrete plans and organization – most of the time a product of misinformation – lie in the duration of your studies and your intentions after they have been completed.
Depending on your objective, the province offers you careers or courses that last from six months. If your goal is to live and work in Quebec after your studies, the province offers you the Program de l’Expérience Québécoise (PEQ).
For this, our recommendation is that you choose studies lasting two years or more, either in colleges or universities. The province offers you multiple areas and levels of study so you can choose.
Remember that enrolling in a program of more than six months will allow you to obtain your student visa and entitles you to a certain number of hours per week of work, while you are studying. This permit, of course, is designed so that you can master the language (s), in order to insert yourself more quickly into society, the job market, and live the Canadian experience.
Keep your aim
One of the best interests of the Canadian government is that you do not detract from the nature of your stay in the country. But if along the way you find that you want to change your career or institution, or you want to extend your studies, or on the contrary, you need to interrupt them temporarily, it is important that you consult an advisor to make the most convenient decisions, whatever your case.