How to obtain a study permit
To be eligible to apply for a Canadian study permit, a prospective student must:
- Obtain a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution
- Show proof of sufficient financial support to cover:
- The first year of tuition
- Living expenses
- Return transportation to his or her home country
- Have no criminal record and do not pose a risk to Canadian security
- IRCC may request an applicant to supply a police clearance certificate
- Be in good health. IRCC may request an applicant to complete a medical examination
- Satisfy the immigration officer that he or she will leave Canada at the end of the stay authorized by the study permit
You do not require a study permit to go to school in Canada if:
- You wish to study in a short-term course or program:
- You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
- You are a family member of a Foreign representatives to Canada:
- If you are a family member or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), you may not need a permit to study in Canada. You should contact your embassy in Canada. Your embassy can contact the Office of Protocol at GAC to find out whether you need a study permit.
- You are a family member of foreign armed forces:
- If you are a member of a foreign armed force under the Visiting Forces Act, you do not need a permit to study in Canada. If your family members, including minor children, want to study in Canada, they must meet the requirements.
- You are a foreign national who is a Registered Indian in Canada:
- If you are a citizen of another country who has Registered Indian status in Canada, you do not need a permit to study in Canada.