This permit applies to individuals who wish to study in Canada, extend their study permit, and work while they study.
- Applicant is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and
- Want to study temporarily in Canada.
A Temporary Resident Visa may also be required if they are on the list of countries and territories whose citizens need a visa.
What you need:
- Choose a school, college or university
- Get the right documents
- Determine eligibility:
- Accepted by a educational institution in Canada
- Enough money to pay for tuition fees and living expenses for the applicant and family members coming to Canada
- Return transportation for the applicant and family members who came to Canada with the applicant
- The applicant must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a security risk to Canada. Police certificate may need to be provided
- You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination if asked
- Satisfy an immigration officer that the applicant will leave Canada at the end of their authorized stay
- A study permit is not required for a study program that is six months or less
- Completion of the course or program within the authorized period for the applicant’s stay in Canada
- It is advisable for the applicant to apply for a permit before they come to Canada in case the applicant wants to continue their studies in another program after they have completed their short-term course or program. This application should be done through a Canadian visa office outside of Canada
Working while studying:
- The applicant may apply for an open work permit that is valid for three years if you studied for at least two years at an approved educational institute
- Work on campus at the institution where the applicant is studying without a work permit if they are a full-time student and have a valid study permit – six months or less
- Work off campus – the applicant can work 20 hours/week during academic sessions, full-time during holidays, and after six months of study at an approved institution
- Post graduation – same length of study program (a maximum of 3 years), must be full-time and minimum of 8 months in length. The applicant must have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution. An application must be submitted within 90 days after confirmation of completed studies and have a valid study permit.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – if the applicant has worked for one year in a high skilled position after completing studies, they are eligible to apply for CEC.