A study permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows international students to study at a designated learning institution in Canada. To apply for a study permit, students must first apply and be accepted to study at a designated learning institution in Canada and obtain a letter of acceptance.

In addition to the Study Permit, students may need a Temporary Resident Visa and/or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), depending on their country of citizenship or residence.

  • 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.

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