Study Permit

Thousands of Students Come to Study in Canada Every Year!

More than 130,000 students come to study in Canada every year and even more come to Canada to learn English or French. There is no reason why this cannot be you too! If you intend to study in Canada, you will likely need a ‘Study Permit’. A Study Permit is issued by the Canadian government which gives you permission to study in Canada for a temporary period. In most cases, the Study Permit specifies the particular educational institution and course of study. If want to study in Canada, you will need to file Form IMM 1294. This form is used by individuals who want to apply for a study permit. Approved study permits may be limited to study at a certain school, or a certain course of study. Study Permits are temporary resident visas (TRV) and so when you are entering Canada, you will be required to show an officer that you will be studying in Canada only for a temporary period.

Canadian Study Permit Requirements

In order to qualify for a study permit, you must:

  • Satisfy an officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies
  • Have a letter of acceptance from an educational institution
  • Prove that you have money for the duration of your stay in Canada to pay for tuition fees, and living expenses for yourself and accompanying family members.
  • Be law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity
  • Not be a risk to the security of Canada
  • Be in good health (complete a medical examination, if required)

Note: You may need produce any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your admissibility.

The Top 4 FAQs About Canadian Study Permits:

1. How long can I study in Canada?

Generally you can stay in Canada for the duration of your study permit. Look at your permit and it will tell you when it expires. In some cases, you can apply for an extension.

2. Can I work while on a Study Permit?

Yes, but only under limited circumstances such as when:

  • Your employment is on-campus
  • The international student is the recipient of a scholarship
  • The work has been certified as being an integral part of the program of study
  • The work consists of academic research or a post-doctoral fellowship
  • The work takes place after graduation in a field related to the program of study

Spouses of international students are eligible to work temporarily in Canada.

There are other ways to work while on a study permit depending on where you study in Canada.

3. Do I always need a Study Permit to study in Canada?

No. You do not require a Study Permit when:

  • You take a French or English language training course that is no more than three months in duration
  • You are the spouse or dependent child; a diplomatic or consular officer; a representative of a foreign country; or a representative of the United Nations or any other intergovernmental organization of which Canada is a member.

4. Can I extend my study permit?

Yes you can. You will need to file Form IMM 1249. This immigration visa form is used by individuals who want to file for an extension of their study permit in Canada. Individuals submit form IMM 1249 to change conditions or to extend their stay in Canada as students. This application is for temporary residents who reside currently reside in Canada as students.

Note: Individuals holding valid current temporary resident status can apply for an extension of their stay, provided they apply at least 30 days before the expiry date of their current status.