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Applying for a Canada Study Permit

Last updated: 8 February 2023 Student Study Permit

Canada attracts thousands of international students to its universities and colleges yearly, and all must apply for a Canadian study permit to enter the country successfully. A study permit allows you to stay in the country for educational purposes.

With a Canada study permit, you can enrol in a full-time program at a designated learning institution (DLI) and study in Canada for the duration of your course. You can apply for a study permit from within or outside Canada. You may also be able to work part-time on or off campus while you study, and you may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit after you complete your studies.

Learn more about how to get your Canadian study permit below. If you want to study in Canada, arrange a free consultation with SI-Canada today to start your journey to a Canadian degree

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Canada Study Permit Requirements

To be eligible for a Canada study permit, you must:

Securing a Canadian Study Permit

Ascertain if you need a study permit

The first step in attaining the study permit is knowing whether you need one. Some countries and Canada have agreements that exempt their students from obtaining the permit. You would not need a student permit if:

Suppose none of these conditions applies to your case. In that case, you need to start applying for the student permit after receiving your letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI), a school the territorial government has approved to admit international students to their programs.

Collect the required documents 

Before you start the online application process, you must collect all the required documents so that the process can be taken forward without any hindrance. As per the rules of the Canadian government, you will need the following.

Other documents may also be required, about which you will be notified in time, in case those are needed. 

Start your online application

When you have all the documents, you should start the online application, for which you will need the following:

You must regularly check the status of your application for updates or extra requests by the authorities. Usually, interviews are not taken during the Canadian study permit process, but an officer’s assessment may require one, and you may be called for the interview. You will receive a letter having the interview date, place, and time. 

Provide the biometric information and pass a medical exam

If you have never given your biometrics, there will be a requirement for you to have your fingerprints and photo collected at the official Visa Application Centre. For this, an additional CAD 85 will be required. Residents of certain countries also need to undergo a medical examination by an approved panel physician. In some cases, you may also need a police certificate.

After completing these steps, the authorities will look at the application to ascertain whether the applicant has furnished a complete application. If not, you will be asked to provide further documentation. After the completion of the application, the decision will be made.

In case of a rejection, you will get the reason for the same. If the study permit is approved, you will receive a port of entry letter of introduction stating that you are allowed to study in Canada. This is not the study permit, which will be given at the port of entry if you come from outside the country. The study permit will be mailed to you if you are already in Canada. The border services officer will check the letter before they grant you entry into the country. The authorities will also send the eTA or a visitor visa if you need one.

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Do you want to study in Canada? If so, book a free consultation with SI-Canada today to know the best options in terms of courses and universities and colleges.

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Increase your chances of success when applying

SI-Canada specializes in selecting the right Canadian university or college for international students by reviewing your academic background, discussing your career goals and helping you apply. Our application services can help you achieve your dream of studying in Canada.

"Everything was explained well to me by Vidushi. There was a 100% transparency in everything and Vidushi was highly responsive throughout the process making it smooth and hassle free for me. Rahul from the Visa team also was really patient in the entire process and made sure I understood and get things done timely."

Amanpreet KaurInternational Business Management (May 2024 intake)

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