The Study Permit is an authorization issued by the government of Canada that allows you to join a Designated Learning Institution.
Some Study Permits can impose a set of conditions, for instance, if you are authorized or not to have a job in Canada.
There a few exceptions to getting a Study Permit to be able to study in Canada, namely if:
For studying in Quebec, you will have to apply first for a “Certificat acceptation du Québec (CAQ)”. After approval of the CAQ, you can then apply for the Study Permit.
The validity of the Study Permit is generally equal to the program of studies’ duration, plus an additional 3 months. This additional time is given to allow you, either (i) to prepare an application for another permit or visa (Post-Graduate Work Permit, or Visitor for example), or (ii) to prepare your departure to your home country.
In case you want to continue studying in Canada after the expiration of your Study Permit, you need to apply for an extension of your permit.
Your Study Permit will expire 90 days following the completion of your study program (either (i) the date you receive a communication from your institution that you completed the program, or (ii) the date you receive your credential).
It is important that you understand that your Study Permit is not a visa. You will not be allowed entry to Canada without an eTA or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), and your Permit.
When you first apply for your Permit, you will be issued, either an eTA or a TRV depending on your situation, and you will not have to pay additional fees. However, you will need to check the validity of your eTA and TRV, and if they are single-entry or multiple-entry, so you can renew it if you want to leave Canada and re-enter during your studies
There are two available possibilities for applying for the Study Permit:
In regards to this Permit, a paper application is simpler than an online application because:
You cannot apply online for this program, only by mail. After completing and signing the requested forms, assembling the supporting documentation, and paying your fees, you will have to send the application by mail to this address.
You may be required to provide your biometrics (fingerprints scanning and photograph) to a VAC. The fee is $85 per applicant and maximum $170 for a family of 2 or more members.
For more information on biometrics (if you have to provide them or no), check this page.
You have to go to a doctor authorized by IRCC to undergo Medical Exams.
You may need to supply police certificates for any country you have resided in for a minimum of 6 consecutive months. Wait until you are invited to supply any police certificate before submitting it.
There are specifications for each country, use this link and choose your country for detailed information.
Depending on your country (from where you will apply), processing times for a Study Permit can vary tremendously.
The processing times from your country can be found here. Select “Visiting, studying, working temporarily”, then “Study Permit”, then the country from where you will apply.