Foreign nationals must obtain a study permit in order to study at a Canadian learning institution.
- You must have been ACCEPTED by a DESIGNATED LEARNING INSTITUTION in Canada and issued an acceptance letter. The acceptance letter will be submitted along with the study permit application. Click here to check whether your learning institution is designated by the IRCC.
- You must prove that you have SUFFICIENT FINANCES in order to pay for tuition, afford living expenses, and arrange for travel out of Canada at the end of your stay.
- You must prove that you have NO PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD, typically in the form of a police clearance.
- You must prove that you are IN GOOD HEALTH, and may be subject to a medical examination.
- You must satisfy the immigration officer that you will LEAVE CANADA AT THE END OF AUTHORIZED STAY.
Work While Studying
It is possible to work while studying, without having to obtain a work permit. Restrictions do apply depending on where you work (off-campus or on-campus). You, as a student, must also be studying full-time.
When applying for a study permit, you may also apply to bring your family to Canada, for the duration of your stay. Remember that accompanying family members must still meet the requirements set out for them. It’s also possible for your spouse/common-law partner to apply for an open work permit should he/she choose to accompany you.
Study Permit Extension Application
If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a student, you should apply for a change in conditions or an extension AT LEAST 30 DAYS before your current study permit expires.
Study Permit Restoration Application
In some cases, you may apply to restore your status as a student WITHIN 90 DAYS of your status expiring.
Our regulated immigration consultants can review your case and give you valuable advice on how you can maximize your chances of coming to Canada. You can start by contacting us here.