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A study permit is official permission from an officer to study in Canada. Study permits expire 90 days after your program ends. Your program is complete when your school notifies you.
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The study permit is a legal document that the IRCC issues to foreign nationals so they can attend designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada. Most foreign nationals who wish to study in Canada must get a study permit. Before applying, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Applying is a must before entering Canada.
Your study permit is not a visa. You cannot enter Canada using this. An electronic travel authorisation (eTA) or a visitor visa may also be required. If IRCC approves your study permit, they will provide you with one.
While studying in Canada, you must:
Depending on your circumstances, your study permit may have restrictions such
Typically, a study permit must be requested before traveling to Canada. A study permit application can sometimes be made from within Canada. You may be able to apply in some circumstances at the port of entry when you enter Canada. Make sure you are aware of the options you have.
If you’re applying for a study permit, you should apply online, whether you’re outside of Canada or already in Canada.
Applying requires that you provide
You can submit a paper application if you have a disability that prevents you from applying online or if there is a technical issue with the online application.
You must present a current Quebec Acceptance Certificate or evidence that you applied for one if you intend to study in Quebec. You do not need a CAQ to apply for a study permit if you intend to study in Quebec for less than six months.
Generally speaking, you shouldn't submit a study permit application at a Canadian port of entry. You should apply for a study permit online before traveling to Canada.
At present time, only specific individuals are eligible to apply at the port of entry. If you're a citizen, you might be able to apply at the port of entry.
If you satisfy one of these conditions, you must have all the paperwork necessary to submit an application for a study permit with you when you cross the border. Your eligibility to enter Canada as a student will be determined by the border services officer who welcomes you.
If you want to stay longer in Canada, you must apply online.
You have three choices if you are a student:
Before your study visa expires, you must apply for one of these choices; else, you might have to leave Canada.
If you don't request to extend your study permission before it expires, you will no longer be considered a student in Canada. You may be able to restore your status.
If you are already in Canada as a visitor, you can apply for a study permit online. You cannot begin studying until you have obtained your study permit.
As of 1 September 2020, in order to work in Canada as a student, you will be required to have obtained a work permit.
Numerous international students are pursuing their studies online while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing. If your employer and school are in agreement, you can either
While IRCC is processing your study permit and co-op work permit applications, you may continue to work if you are employed outside of Canada.
You might be able to obtain your study permit more quickly if you apply online via the Student Direct Stream if you are a legal resident of certain countries.
In order to be qualified for Student Direct Stream's expedited processing, you must:
You could also be required to produce additional documentation, depending on where you are applying from. Make sure you submit all the paperwork that the visa office needs to process your application.
IRCC may ask you for more supporting documentation for your application. Your application will take longer to process in this scenario.
Applying from inside Canada? Check out visa processing time for study permit from inside canada