A study permit is the document that allows international student to study at a designated learning institution in Canada. Once you receive the letter of acceptance from designated learning institution in Canada, you need to apply for a study permit online to IRCC.
In order to eligible to submit an application for a Canadian study permit, an international student has to meet the following requirements:
- Acceptance letter from a post secondary Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada
- Valid passport or travel document
- Proof of financial support including enough money to pay for tuition, living and return travel expenses for the student and family member (if applicable)
- Police certificate and medical examination might be required
- Satisfy the officer that he or she will leave Canada at the end of the stay authorized by study permit
Student Direct Stream
This stream is available to legal residents (currently living in) of Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam. The processing time of this application is 20 calendar days and applications must be submitted online.To be eligible for this stream, you must meet the following requirements:
- Acceptance letter from a post secondary Designated learning Institution (DLI) in Canada
- Medical Exam confirmation
- Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 from a Canadian financial institution
- Proof of paid tuition fees for the first year of study
- Submit language test results (IELTS band score 6 / TEF CLB 7)
If an application is approved, the international student will receive a letter of Introduction confirming the approval. It is not a study permit. Client will need to show this letter to Immigration official when arriving in Canada. The immigration official may then issue the study permit to the student at the port of entry. An individual submitting an application for a study permit does not have to submit a separate application for a TRV. If the application is approved, the TRV will be issued along with the Letter of Introduction.
For students changing designated learning institutions at the same level program, a new study permit is not required but student must update the information on MYCIC account.
Renewing or Changing Study Permit
It is important to maintain legal status in Canada and always comply with any conditions, such as restriction on the type of work, number of hours allowed working in a week and how long you can study etc. After obtaining a study permit, students may need to renew or change the study permit during the course of your study in Canada. You should apply for a new study permit before your old one expires, and you should submit at least 30 days before the expiry of your current permit. If you have applied for renewal or change in status before your current status expires, you are considered to be an “implied status” and you have to keep a copy of the online submission receipt or proof of postage.
Working While Studying
International student can work without work permit but he/she should have valid Study Permit. Student must enrolled full time at a designated Canadian post-secondary institution, have a Social Insurance Number and program must be at least 6 months in duration. Student can work 20 hours/week during academic sessions, and full time during holidays.For Coop or Intern: Work permit is required and have a valid study permit. The intended employment must be essential part of the academic program in Canada but no more than 50%.
Post Graduation Work PermitAn international student can apply for post graduation work permit by meeting following requirements:
- Work permit required.
- Have graduated from a designated Canadian post-secondary institution (ESL/FSL/ General interest/ Preparatory programs not eligible).
- Distance learning is eligible if it was less than 50% of the program.
- Must apply within 180 days after written confirmation of completed studies and have valid study permit at some point during these 180 days.
Work Permit generally issued for same length of study program for people who studied in program of more than 8 months, but under 2 years in length. For program 2 years or longer, the PGWP may be issued for 3 years. Distance learning courses completed outside Canada will be excluded from the length of the PGWP. Graduates applying for a PGWP before the expiry date of their study permit can work full time while waiting for a decision on their application.