Canada has one of the best education systems in the world. This is why each year, the number of international students studying in Canada keeps growing. To study in Canada, you need to acquire a study permit first.
A study permit is a document issued by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to international students, allowing them to study in Canada for a given time. It is usually given to students whose studies in Canada will last for more than six months.
Study Permit Requirements
To qualify for a study permit, you must meet the eligibility requirements set by the IRCC. You must:
- Have acquired a letter of acceptance from one of the designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada, i.e., a school approved by the territorial or provincial government to accommodate international students.
- Prove to an officer that you plan to leave Canada once your study permit is invalid
- Provide financial proof to show that you’ll be able to:
- Pay your tuition fee
- Support yourself and any family members that accompany you to Canada
- Pay for return tickets for you and your family members once your permit expires
- Obey the law and have no criminal record
- Be in good health and willing to undergo medical examinations
- Be admissible to Canada
- Acquire a Quebec Acceptance Certificate(QAC) if you’re looking to study In Quebec province
If you acquire a study permit, a family member can accompany you to Canada by obtaining a study permit or work permit.
How To Apply For A Study Permit
Check Your Eligibility
Before you start your application, ensure that you meet all the requirements set by the IRCC to qualify for a study permit. This avoids wastage of time and money. If you meet all the qualifying factors, including enrolment into a DLI, then you can start applying for a study permit.
Prepare Your Documents
Certain documents are required when applying for a study permit. These include:
- Proof of acceptance into a designated institution
- Valid travel documents/ Passport
- Financial proof that you can support yourself and any accompanying family members
Depending on the uniqueness of your case, you may require additional documents, including a letter of explanation and a custodian declaration (for minors), among other documents. If you’re not sure which documents are required of you, contact us, and we’ll be glad to help.
Fill Out Your Study Permit Forms
Once you have all your documents ready, complete your application forms online or by hand. We recommend completing your application online as it’s more advantageous. The online application saves you time, mailing fee, makes it easier to update your application, and the IRCC receives your application immediately after submitting it.
Pay the Fees
Once you’ve filled out your study permit forms and attached all the essential documents, you can make the required payments to IRCC. The fees include study permit and biometric fees.
Submit Your Application Forms and Documents
After completing your forms and attaching all your documents, including proof of fee payment, submit the study permit application to IRCC. If you fill the application online, you can submit it online. If you fill it by hand, send it via the provided mail on the instruction manual.
Give Additional Information
When IRCC receives your study permit application, they may request for additional information during processing. These include medical examinations, police certificates, and biometrics. Make sure you provide this information within the given time frame.
Study Permit Processing Time
The time taken to process a study permit by IRCC varies depending on the country of the applicant. To know how long it will take for your study permit to be processed, check the processing time provided by IRCC.
Study Permit Checklist
- Attach all documents, sign where required, and make sure that your application is filled out as instructed
- Make sure you submit your application to the correct address
- Make the necessary payments for your study permit and for work/study permits of the family members accompanying you to Canada
- Make sure you get a letter of acceptance from a DLI and that you meet all the other qualifications to be eligible for a study permit
The Cost of A Study Permit
|Study Permit (per person)
|Restore Student Status
Restore status ($200); get a new permit ($150)
|Biometrics (per person)
Note that these fees are for one person. If you’re bringing your family along, you’ll have to pay for extra study permits or work permits.
Post-Graduate Work Permit
Post-Graduate Work Permit is an open work permit issued to graduates of post-secondary authorized Canadian educational institutions. Learn more about Post-Graduate Work Permit.
How We Can Help
Acquiring knowledge helps build a better and advanced tomorrow. This is why, for more than two decades, we, at Jane Katkova & Associates – Canadian Immigration, Global Mobility Experts, have helped students gain study permits to study in Canada. We help students choose designated learning institutions, get a letter of acceptance, prepare documents, pay fees, and fill out their application forms.
To learn more about Canada’s Study Permits and how we can help you successfully get one, get in contact with us, or fill out our free assessment form.