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Study Permit Requirements and Application Process for International Students in Canada

Updated: Apr 10

What You Need to Know About Study Permits and Travel Documents for Studying in Canada

Information on Study Permits for International Students in Canada

If you are an international student planning to study in Canada, one of the first questions you may have is whether or not you need a study permit. The answer for most foreign nationals is yes, a study permit is required. A study permit is a document issued by the Canadian government that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions in Canada.

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Study Permit Exceptions

There are some exceptions to the study permit requirement in Canada, such as those studying for less than 6 months or those taking courses that are not considered academic, vocational, or professional training. However, it is still important to verify whether or not a study permit is required, even in these cases.

Applying for a Study Permit

If you do need a study permit, it is important to apply before coming to Canada. While some people may be able to apply from within Canada, most will need to apply from their home country. Additionally, you will need to have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada before you can apply for a study permit.

Study Permit Application Process

The application process for a study permit can vary depending on where you are applying from. You may be able to apply online or by paper application, and the processing time can range from a few weeks to several months. It is important to research the requirements and process for your specific situation to ensure a smooth application process.

Study permit vs travel document It is important to note that a study permit is not a travel document. Even if you have a valid study permit, you may still need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. If your study permit is approved, you will also receive either a visitor visa or an eTA, depending on which document you require for entry.

In summary, most foreign nationals will require a study permit to study in Canada. It is important to apply before coming to Canada and to have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution. The application process can vary, so be sure to check what options are available to you. And remember, a study permit is not a travel document, so you may also need a visitor visa or an eTA to enter Canada.

At Immigrative, we understand that navigating the Canadian immigration system can be overwhelming and confusing, especially when it comes to obtaining a study permit. That's why we offer a wide range of services to help make the process easier for you. Our team of experienced immigration professionals can assist you with preparing your study permit application, ensuring that all necessary documents are included and that the application is completed accurately and on time. We can also advise you on any additional requirements, such as language proficiency tests or medical exams, and help you with any issues that may arise during the application process. With our guidance and support, you can feel confident in your ability to obtain a study permit and begin your journey as an international student in Canada. Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve your goals as an international student in Canada.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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