Study Permit

Canada is one of the destinations of many travelers and immigrants including international students in recent years because of its convenient amenities, appropriate educational system, and high security

Studying in Canada

Canada is one of the destinations of many travelers and immigrants including international students in recent years because of its convenient amenities, appropriate educational system, and high security. The official languages of Canada are English and in some places French. Many people who intend to immigrate to Canada are interested in obtaining student visa and this is how they want to try their chance for obtaining permanent residence in Canada or experiencing study in authentic universities and colleges with high educational standards

Things to know before you apply for a study permit

As a foreign national you need to apply for a study permit to be able to study in one of the designated learning institutions in Canada.

To obtain a study permit you need to gather all the required documents before you submit your application. Here are some of the most important documents:

  • Letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution
  • Proof of English/ French language proficiency
  • Proof of previous educational documents (if applicable)
  • Proof of sufficient financial stability to cover tuition fee and living expenses in Canada.

There are other supporting documents which you can submit with your study permit application. Some of them are listed below:

  • Evidence of sources of income to proof you can afford to study in Canada
  • Evidence of your personal, financial, and any other ties to your country of residence
  • Evidence of reasons why you want to study in Canada

If you are under 18 years old and want to get a study permit you also need to submit the followings:

  • Parents consent letter
  • Custodianship documents

One of your parents may obtain a visa to accompany you to Canada and stay with you throughout your study if needed.

Here is some general information about education in Canada:

  • Pre- school: children age between 3 to 6 years old.
  • Elementary school: Children age from 6 to 12 years old.
  • High school: children age from 15 up to 18 years old.
  • Bachelor’s degree: There is no age requirements for studying in this level. Duration of bachelor’s degree is normally 4 years.
  • Master’s degree: 2 years of education in Canada. You must have completed a bachelor degree to study in a graduate program.
  • PhD programs: Duration of these programs depends on the subject and research.

Scholarship requirements and types:

  1. Scholarship: refers to financial support which is granted to student from universities and training centers and there is no need to repay the amount.
  2. Loan: it is a kind of financial support which is paid to university from a bank or a private facility and is used for tuition and fees. Applicant will need a guarantor who is residing in located country for obtaining this type of loan.
  3. Research assistant: applicant helps professors in writing articles and conducting research as an assistant.
  4. Fellowship: Research position for a certain duration mostly with a salary.


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    Study permit processing time and validity:

    Application processing time depends on the time and the country you apply from.

    The application processing fee for study permit is $150 CAD. Residents of most countries need to provide biometric as part of their application. The biometric fee is $85 CAD.

    Canadian Study permit is valid for the duration of your study or until the expiry date of your passport.

    Reasons of study permit refusal:

    Some of the most common reasons for study permit refusals are the followings:

    1. No family ties to Canada and country of residence.
    2. No stable employment/ work experience history in country of residence
    3. No or limited travel history
    4. No sufficient proof of financial support
    5. Not enough motivation and sufficient reasons to continue education in Canada
    6. And many other grounds that can be different in each application.

    It is necessary to note that convincing Canadian immigration and citizenship is very important and you must submit complete and accurate information and documents.

    The costs of studying and living in Canada:

    The cost of studying in Canada depends on type of school or university, level of education and the city of your residence.

    The tuition of college programs depends on the subject and duration of the program. However, programs offered in colleges are generally cost lower than university degree programs.

    The cost of renting a home depends on many factors like city, area, facilities and etc. and the average is fluctuating between 800 and 2800 dollars in a month.

    Most of universities in Canada have residence or dormitory and you can live in them during your study in Canada.

    Some of the top-ranking Universities in Canada are:

    • University of Toronto
    • The University of British Columbia
    • McGill University
    • University of Waterloo
    • Simon Fraser University
    • University of Alberta
    • University of Calgary
    • York University
    • Queens University
    • Western University

    After you obtain study permit in Canada

    International students who study in Canada can work up to 20 hours per week during their studies. Upon graduation, most of these international students are eligible to apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit visa and work full-time in Canada.

    If the student is married or has partner, their spouse/ partner is eligible to apply for an open work permit and work full-time in Canada during the time they have study permit and post-graduation work permit

    PGWP is issued based on the length of the study program for a minimum of 8 months to a maximum of 3 years.

    As an international student in Canada, you can apply for permanent residence in Canada during the time you study or work in Canada or after your graduation and obtaining Canadian work experience.

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    FAQ's Study Permit

    How to get Study Permit of Canada?

    you can apply for study permit, if you have university or college admission and you meet the requirements.

    are Study Permit and Student Visa the same?

    Yes, they are the same.

    What is Study Permit Approval Letter?

    If your application is approved, you will receive an approval letter that says you’re allowed to enter Canada and study.

    How to renew Study Permit in Canada?

    You need to request for extend Study Permit. Your application can be submitted online.

    Is Study Permit a temporary resident visa?

    Yes, it is a temporary visa.

    How to get Study Permit in Canada?

    You can apply for it online or submit a paper application

    Can Study Permit extension be refused?

    Yes, it can be refused if you don’t meet the requirements.

    When does Study Permit expires?

    The validity of study permit may vary based on the duration of your program.

    How to check Study Permit status?

    You can check your application status on CIC Website.

    When to extend Study Permit?

    You must extend your status as a student before the validity of your study permit expires.

    How long does Study Permit take?

    Processing time of a study permit can take between 1-3 months.

    What is Study Permit application?

    It is a request for international students to be able to study in Canada.

    Can Study Permit holder work in Canada?

    Usually, students can work in Canada for 20 hours per week while they study.

    When Study Permit expires?

    Study permit is issued based on your educational program and is normally granted until the end of the program or the expiry date of your passport whichever comes first.

    How to extend study permit in Canada online?

    You must submit an application to extend your status as a student.

    How long does study permit extension take?

    Processing time may be different. However, it normally may take between 2 weeks and 2 months.