We know that an immigration journey begins for many students when they apply for a study permit in Canada and move to a new country for the first time. A study permit is often representative of bigger immigration ambitions, and those can come with added pressure.

Applying for a study permit in Canada will allow you to study at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada and obtain a degree, diploma or certificate. It is required for most international students to study in Canada.

We often hear from students who are worried that they won’t get their study permit in time to start classes as planned. As with any move to a new place, coming to Canada on a study permit raises many concerns.

When you start with My Visa Source’s free online assessment, we can help you create a plan and to get your immigration process started. If you have concerns about your unique situation, know that there is always an option to explore. Are you concerned about not being admitted due to your English language ability? Are you worried about navigating life in a new country for the first time? Do you wonder what might happen if you don’t do well in school or if you run out of money? Whatever your concern may be, our team has probably heard it before.

We are passionate about helping our clients reach their immigration goals. If your goal is to obtain a Canadian study permit, My Visa Source is happy to help.

Study Permit Processing Time

The processing time for study permit applications can range from a couple of weeks to several months, depending on your country of residence.

You can check the accurate wait times from your country on Canada’s IRCC website.

Once on the website, you can select the type of application you want to check on (temporary residence, study permit). Then, the website will generate the processing time for your chosen application.

Who is Eligible for a Study Permit?

To qualify for a study permit in Canada, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada
  • Demonstrate sufficient funds to support your stay in Canada
  • Not be criminally inadmissible
  • Clear a medical examination if required
  • Convince an immigration officer that you intend to leave Canada after your study permit expires

In some cases, a study permit may not be required. If the following conditions apply to your situation, you do not require a Canadian study permit:

  • Your study program is six months or shorter
  • You have minor children inside of Canada
  • You are accompanying a foreign representative as a family member or staff
  • You are a member of the armed forces of a country designated for the Visiting Forces Act
  • You are a registered Indian

Types of Programs Offered Under Study Permits

There are three different programs offered under Canadian study permits.

Work While Studying

Your study permit will allow you to work while studying without a work permit. You are only eligible for this program if you study in Canada for more than six months and will eventually obtain a degree, diploma or certificate.

Working Off-Campus

Your study permit authorizes you to work off-campus for 20 hours weekly during the academic season and full-time during breaks.

Student Direct Stream

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) will expedite your study permit process. This option is only available to residents of eligible countries who can provide a Guaranteed Investment Certificate.

Study Permit Application Process

Once you have been accepted to a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada, you can apply for a study permit.

When your study permit is approved, you will receive a Letter of Introduction (LOI) that you must present to an immigration offer when you arrive in Canada.

You need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if you are from a visa-exempt country.

If you are not from a visa-exempt country, you will need a temporary resident visa to enter Canada, but you do not need to apply for this separately. If your study permit is approved, a visa will be inserted into your passport to allow you to travel to Canada.

Application Denied?

Some common reasons for a study permit application to be denied include the following:

  • Lack of ties to your country of residence
  • Your educational history
  • Employment prospects in your country of residence
  • Insufficient finances
  • Unable to convince the reviewing officer that you will leave Canada when your permit expires

To avoid and overcome any challenges with your study permit application, contact My Visa Source to learn more about your options and how you can best proceed.

Extending or Renewing Your Study Permit

If you want to stay in Canada beyond your study permit’s expiration, you will need to extend or renew your study permit. It is crucial to maintain legal resident status.

Apply for your extension or renewal before your current study permit expires. If you wait until your study permit has expired, you must restore your status within 90 days.

Spouses and Family of International Students

Along with your study permit application, you can include a request to authorize accompanying spouses and family of international students in Canada.

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