If a potential student would like to study in Canada for longer than six months, they will need to first obtain a Canadian Study Permit. This permit is a Canadian Student Visa granted for the entire period of time that someone is studying in Canada. Furthermore, it also offers the possibility to extend their stay upon the completion of their studies and potentially work or remain in Canada as a permanent resident afterwards. It is ideal to apply for such a permit prior to one’s arrival to Canada.
Once the student obtains a Canadian Study Permit, they will be able to apply from within Canada for a renewal of the permit if they wish to continue their studies after the completion of the initial program for which the permit was granted.
In order to apply for a Canadian Study Permit, the student is required to present an acceptance letter from a recognized Canadian school, college or university, a complete list of accredited post-secondary institutions who welcome international students can be found on the Canada Immigration and Citizenship website.
The following is a list of some of the required information at the time of application. Please note that if you are applying to study in the Province of Quebec, such as in Montreal for example, additional information may be requested from the government of Quebec:
Furthermore, students from non-visa exempt countries who wish to come study in Canada, must also apply for a Temporary Resident Visa which is issued by a Canadian Immigration Visa Office in the student’s country of origin.
Finally, students should know that with a Study Permit, they have a right to work on campus but may also have a right to work off campus or/and as a co-op or intern as part of their studies program. Once the study program is completed, the student may apply for Permanent Residency in Canada while remaining in Canada. Processing times vary based on the type of visa requested and your country of citizenship. Please contact us for an estimate of the processing time.
For further information, to inquire whether you are eligible to obtain a study permit in Canada, and to obtain a free consultation with an immigration lawyer specialized in study permits to Canada, call us today at 1(888) 603-3003.