A study permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows international students to study in Canada for a period longer than six months.

Eligibility requirements for a Canadian study permit

In order to be eligible for obtaining a Canadian study permit, a student must:

  • Obtain a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
  • Prove enough funds that he/she can cover the first year of tuition as well as living expenses and return transportation
  • Satisfy the immigration officer that he/she will leave Canada at the end of the period authorized by the study permit
  • Be in good health and have clean records as police background and medical checks may be requested.

If you are planning to study in Quebec you need to apply and obtain a Certificat d'acceptation du Quebec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate, or CAQ)

A study permit in Canada is not required for activities like:

  • Attending preschool
  • Completing a distance learning program
  • Doing a course that is not academic, professional or vocational in nature
  • Taking courses included in tour packages
  • Taking a course or a program of study which can be completed within a period of six months or less.

You should apply for a study permit immediately upon receiving the letter of acceptance. Get in touch with our experienced consultants to help plan your move.