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Canada study permit | What You Need to Know and How to Get One


ImmigrationCanada Study Permit | What You Need to Know and How to Get One

October 13, 20210

Canada study permit

Over the years, many people have expressed their wish to enter Canada to study. Are you one of the hopeful ones? We are happy to say that with careful preparation, we can help turn your dream into reality!

But first, do you know why Canada is such an ideal study location for students?

The main reason is that the country is a hub of academic excellence. Canada has consistently been named as one of the countries with the best educational systems. Just this 2021, the US News and World Report ranked Canada as the 4th best country for education globally!

Aside from getting high-quality education and an unforgettable learning experience, many international students often pursue jobs in Canada to remain in the country after graduation. This is not surprising, as Canada is also recognized as the number one country that offers the best quality of life and social purpose.

The government has developed several immigration programs to help people settle in Canada. In some cases, the Canadian immigration law even allows international students to apply for a study permit and a permanent resident status at the same time.

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What exactly is an IRCC study permit?

International students need a special permit to study at a university in Canada. This study permit is an official document that you need to secure and get accepted at a university.

The government of Canada only issues study permits through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

One of the things to keep in mind is that an IRCC study permit is not equivalent to a visa. You may still be required to apply for either a travel visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before you are allowed to travel to Canada. However, having a study permit makes it easier to acquire a visa or an eTA.

How to Become an International Student in Canada

Here is a quick overview of the steps you must take if you plan to study as an international student in Canada.

Choose a course and institution.

Before applying for an IRCC study permit, you must first secure a spot at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. No need to worry because there are a lot of programs to choose from. You are most likely to find a university that offers the course and significance you are interested in.

One of the most common requirements of Canadian universities is proof of language proficiency. Of course, each school and program may have different sets of admission requirements, so make sure that you understand everything before you apply online and submit your documents. It is essential to visit the official school website in advance to get all the necessary information.

Pro Tip: In EduCanada’s website search menu, the main results will show you which programs and courses are available in specific universities in the country. You can also find other important details such as the costs of tuition. Use this tool to narrow down your application choices!

You must wait to receive a letter of acceptance from any acknowledged institutions before you apply for your study permit. Otherwise, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will not process your application request.

Check your eligibility

Now that you have been accepted at a university in Canada, you need to work on your eligibility to apply for a study permit.

Here are the requirements set by the government:
● You must be an international student enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan.
● You must have enough funds to pay for tuition fees, living expenses, transportation costs, including return flight tickets to your home country.
● You must have had no criminal record in the past.
● You must be in good health and have a medical exam (if required)
● You must be able to prove to an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires

Does everyone need a study permit?

In exceptional cases, some people may not need to apply for study permits. However, you still need to get one if you have plans to work while studying in Canada.

How to Apply For a Study Permit

Once you are confident that you are eligible for a study permit, it is time to prepare for your application.

Step One. Prepare all necessary documents.

You will need to submit a lot of documents to support your application. We suggest creating a document checklist to avoid confusion and to stay organized.

Prepare original and electronic copies of the following:

● Letter of acceptance from your school
● Proof of identities like a valid passport or a valid travel document
● Proof of funds like bank statements or a scholarship grant
● Letter of explanation expressing your purpose and intent in studying in Canada
● Other supporting documents may be required. Your own country may give additional instructions and requirements.

Step Two. Apply online or through a VAC

1. Applying online

The most convenient option to get study permits is to apply online. You can do this by signing up for an IRCC account.

After successfully creating one, you will be able to upload all documents for submission. To complete your application, pay the visa fee of CA$150 and submit proof of payment. Easily track your application status by logging in anytime at the website.

Applying through a VAC

Alternatively, you can submit your application through private companies called Visa Application Centres. VAC services include sending your application documents to the visa office and returning them along with your passport. Some VACs also accept payment of application fees.

Please note that most VACs operate under limited hours due to COVID-19. This means that services might be defined as well.

The Student Direct Stream Program

The processing of applications varies by country. Expect to have some delays in the processing times as the government of Canada is dealing with the impacts of the pandemic.

However, you can get your study permit faster by applying under the Student Direct Stream (SDS) Program. Specific criteria must be met to be eligible for this expedited program.

Step Three. Comply with additional requirements

You will receive a request from IRCC if there are additional documentation requirements, which you will need to provide within 30 days.


You might be required to have your biometrics taken at your local VAC.

Medical Exam

You need to pass a medical exam before you come to Canada to make sure that you will not pose any danger to public health and safety.

Step Four. Receive your study permit

After completing the process, all you need to do is wait for the IRCC to approve your application. You will receive your study permit by mail if you are already in the country.

If you are outside of Canada, the government will send you a letter of introduction stating that you are eligible to study in the country. You need to show this letter at the port of entry along with your visa or eTA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can a 40-year-old study in Canada?
Answer: If you want to qualified for a study permit, your age must be between 8 and 35.
Question: Do I need a study permit if I only want to study in Canada for six months or less?
Answer: If you want to travel to Canada and study in 6 months or less, you don’t need to apply for a study permit as long as you are fully vaccinated.
Question: How long does it take to extend a study permit?
Answer: You need to apply for an extension at least 30 days before your permit expires.

Let Us Help You

Studying in Canada can be a life-changing moment for you. As an international student, you get to enjoy privileges that many can’t experience. Once you complete your education, you have a better opportunity to succeed in your chosen career in Canada or anywhere globally!

The application process for a study permit might seem daunting and frustrating, but this is where we can help you. North Vista Immigration Consultations Inc. (NVI) will help and guide you throughout your journey.

We are licensed

When dealing with sensitive matters like this, the last thing you want is to work with fraud. NVI is proud to be a licensed immigration agency recognized by the government of Canada. You can make sure that everything we do is legal.

We have the knowledge and expertise.

Are you anxious about possibly submitting the wrong papers and missing important deadlines? One bad move and your chances can be ruined. The best way to prevent these is by getting the help of experts.

With years and years of experience, our agents already have an in-depth understanding of the system and its regulations. We understand that each case is different and that requirements for international students can vary. Simply put, we know what to do.

We want to help you

NVI takes pride in the success of our applicants. Even if you are outside of Canada, we will make sure to take care of everything for you.

We are here to help you secure a permit to study at your dream university.

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