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Study Permits

What is a Study Permit?

A Study Permit is a document issued to foreign nations allowing study at a designated learning institution (DIL) in Canada.


The Study Permit is not a visa. A visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) may also be required. If the study permit is approved, usually a visitor visa or eTA is issued at the same time.

Temporary policy: From November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and who have off-campus authorization to work on their study permit will not be restricted by the 20-hour-per-week rule. Foreign nationals who have already submitted a study permit application, as of October 7, 2022, will also be able to benefit from this temporary change, provided their application is approved.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

  • Prove that you have enough funds to pay your tuition fees and living expenses for you and any family member who may be joining you.

  • Have no criminal record (a police certificate may be required)

  • Are in good health (a medical exam may be required)

  • Prove that you will leave Canada when your Study Permit expires

Studying in Garden

Required Documents

  • Acceptance letter from the institution where you plan to study.

  • Proof of identity, such as a valid passport or travel document.

  • Proof of financial support.

Studying Together

Additional Documents

  • Letter explaining why you want to study in Canada and understand your responsibilities as a student.

  • Custodian declaration (minors only) signed by your parents or legal guardian.

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