COVID-19 Travel Update for International Students
Over the years, we have trained pilots from over 40 countries encompassing all four corners of the globe. We are well versed in the special needs that our out-of-country guests may need and we always go out of our way to make your stay a positive one in every way possible. There is inexpensive housing located short distances from our Boundary Bay facility . If you require English as a Second Language (ESL) training, we can also help coordinate this for you.
We often find that when the training is complete and it is time to return home, many of our students find leaving difficult due to the life-long friendships developed, extraordinary experiences shared, and exceptional training received during their time training at Professional Flight Centre. Many of our former students are now flying for major airlines in their respective home countries and keep in touch with us as they progress in their careers. As far as we are concerned, they, like all of our students, will always be part of the extended family of “Pro”.
Do I require a Study Permit to train at PRO?
Under the Canadian immigration laws, you will be required to obtain a Student Authorization Visa from your local Canadian Consulate if the projected duration of your training is more than 6 months. You do not need to acquire a study permit if you are planning to enrol in a short-term program of 6 months or less, but rather you can enter Canada as a visitor. Citizens of some countries require a Visitor’s Visa to enter Canada while some do not. If you do not need one, you can enter based upon your valid passport.
Do I need to pay full program cost up front?
No, there is no need to prepay full program cost up front. Instead, you will pay as you go and be charged by “flight time”. We do have International Students depositing first year tuition in advance to help with Student Visa applications. Please see Tips for obtaining a Study Permit section below for more information.
People from the following countries do NOT need a Visitor’s Visa:
Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Scotland Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western Samoa;
If you are planning on attending our Institution for over six months, you must make an application at your local Canadian Consulate for a Study Permit. This is not a problem; it simply takes a little more time to process. As long as all of the required paperwork is in order, you will likely be granted permission to enter Canada as a student and commence training at our school within 4-6 weeks.
Procedure to receive a Study Permit:
The following are the requirements from the Canadian Consulate to successfully process your Study Permit application. You will be required to produce the following:
- If everything seems in order with respect to your application to train as a pilot with us, Professional Flight Centre will issue you with an original Letter of Acceptance authorizing you to train at our Institution upon request. This letter must be an original; a photo-copy, fax, or e-mail copy will not suffice. This letter requires a valid and subsisting passport indicating date of birth, date of issue, country of issue, passport number, and details of the course you intend to enroll in;
- Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for school fees and cover living expenses for your duration of stay in Canada;
- Proof that you will be returning home upon course completion;
- Pass a Medical Exam if needed, (if you are inbound from some countries, this will be an additional requirement).
The Canadian Consulate will review your application, conduct the required background checks, and possibly interview the candidate. If everything on the application is satisfactory, you will be granted the Study Permit to train in Canada for the duration that is specified on the Permit. If at a later date you require an extension of the Permit, it is normally not a problem if you have a valid reason and the extension is requested early enough for it to be granted.
For more information, please refer to the Citizen and Immigration Canada website. It is very comprehensive and will answer any further questions you may have about coming to Canada to train with us.
In all cases, you will surely be supported by Professional Flight Centre in your application by correspondence in the form of e-mails, fax, or telephone if needed.
Tips for obtaining a Study Permit:
Canadian Study Permit application process is a fairly transparent and straight-forward process. We wish your experience to be as smooth as possible. Below are the tips we gathers from years of experience to successfully obtaining a Study Permit. Please read it carefully. If you have questions, please contact us.
- Allow for 1-3 months of Visa processing time.
- If an interview is required, dress formally. First impressions can be crucial.
- Know the program you are applying for, and how it fits your academic background and future career plans.
- Submit the correct paperwork.
- Submit proof that you have enough funds.
- Offer embassy proof that you will return to home country upon course completion. Materials such as proof of property, bank deposits, strong family ties in home country, and news paper article on promises of jobs in home country will definitely help.
- Our past experiences showed that submitting official school letter demonstrating amount of prepaid tuition gave greater chances of having Study Permits approved by Canadian Embassy. Students usually deposited first year tuition in advance which is the cost of Private Pilot License. Professional Flight Centre always issued official letters to students indicating amount of prepaid tuition received. In case Study Permit still got rejected, prepaid tuition will be refunded through Wire Transfer in full, less any bank charges and $215 CAD administration fee.
How to Be An International Student Pilot in Canada
What’s it like to be an International Student in Canada? We recommend new students to go through BC’s New Comer’s Guide to learn about details on BC’s health, education, government systems and many more. This will prepare one’s arrival to BC and help one to adapt to the new environment quickly and smoothly.
Our former student (current an instructor at Pro) Poul Go made the following video on how to be an international student pilot in Canada. Poul came from Philippine and finished his PPL, CPL, Multi-IFR, and Instructor Rating in Canada at Pro. He hopes this video can help out others who were also planning to learn flying in Canada. Feel free to check out other flight training videos on his YouTube Channel.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to start at PRO?
Are you an International Student wishing to become a pilot in Canada? Just 5 easy steps, and you’ll be on your way! Here’s just how to do it!
STEP 1 – Complete LOA (Letter of Acceptance) application form below:
STEP 2 – We will get in touch with you to make sure all information is correct.
STEP 3 – Submit a non-refundable application fee of:
- $551.50 CDN ($525.24.00 + GST) for the Letter of Acceptance,
- $178.5 CDN for DHL or FedEx Shipping
- Total including taxes is $730.00 CDN (payable by Credit Card or Bank Transfer)
STEP 4 – Once we receive your payment, we will send you an LOA with a tracking number. (Tracking number will be emailed to you)
STEP 5 – Go to the nearest Canadian Consulate. Apply for a Study Permit, and come to Canada! It’s that easy!!
[Special COVID-19 Travel Update]
The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. International Students travelling to Canada MUST QUARANTINE for 14 days, provide contact information and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms as required by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation).
Before arriving in Canada, one is required to complete and submit a 14-day quarantine (self-isolation) plan through ArriveCAN app, Provincial BC Self-Isolation Form and school’s Travel Plan Declaration Form. The plan must outline where and how one will self-isolate for 14 days, and will be reviewed by government officials upon your arrival in Canada.
For exact details on how to plan and submit 14-day quarantine plan, please visit International Students Travelling to Canada section on our COVID-19 page.