To get official information on getting a study or work permit for Canada, please visit the IRCC website.

What type of visa do I need?

Students from most countries can easily obtain a visitor's visa which allows them to stay in Canada for up to 6 months.

Student Visa

Students who wish to study long-term must obtain a student visa. This may require a medical examination and proof of sufficient funds. Student visas cannot be obtained in Canada, but can be obtained from the Canadian Embassy in your country.

Working Holiday Visa

Available only for some countries and can not be obtained in Canada.

What is a Canadian Study Permit?

Every year, over 130,000 students come to Canada to study. In order to do so, they must obtain a study permit issued by the Canadian government. This permit, which is a type of Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) allows students to study in Canada for a temporary period of time, and typically indicates the educational institution they are attending and course of study. To qualify, an applicant must fit a certain set of requirements.

How to Get a Study Permit

To get a Canadian study permit, you must first apply to a designated learning institute. Once accepted, you may proceed to apply for a study permit. Along with the application itself, you will be required to submit certain documentation, as well as meet all requirements set by the Canadian government.

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 to produce any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your admissibility.

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