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How to Apply for a Canadian Study Permit

Study permit: International students go from all over the world to study in Canada. You must first get a Canadian study visa/ permit if you want to enroll in school there.

Get your Canadian study permit right away by following detailed guidelines!

Apply for a Study Permit

The study permit gives a person the official right to enroll in classes at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. A foreign person should be informed that there are qualifying conditions that must be satisfied when submitting the study permit application when applying for a study permit. Additionally, there are prerequisites that must be fulfilled for the duration of the student’s stay in Canada.


It is advisable to prepare early to guarantee that your study permit will be approved before your study term starts because there are several stages involved in applying for one and processing periods differ widely from country to country. The bulk of post-secondary educational programs in Canada begin in September, January, or May, however some do accept students at other times.

Study Permit Requirements

When applying for a Canadian study visa, you must take into account two sets of criteria: those for eligibility and those that apply while you are studying there.

Eligibility Requirements

You must meet these criteria in order to be eligible to apply for a study permit:

  • Acceptance Letter: In order to apply for a Canadian study visa, you must have an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • Proof of Financial Support: You must provide documents demonstrating that you have enough money to pay for your first year’s tuition as well as living expenses (housing, food, etc.) for you and any accompanying family members. Please be aware that this money may be in your name, a family member’s name, or the name of a close acquaintance.
  • Supporting Documents: Each application for a study permit must be accompanied by a substantial amount of supporting documentation. From one nation to the next, this paperwork differs. You may either call our company and one of our Educational Counselors will contact you with help, or you can visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website to find out the paperwork needed for a certain area.

The visa officer will verify that you satisfy the conditions when you apply for your authorization. The visa officer will reject your application if they are not pleased.

Requirements while studying in Canada

In order to keep your study visa valid once it has been authorized and you enter Canada as an international student, you must comply with the conditions listed below. A foreign national studying in Canada with a study permit is required to:

  • Always be enrolled at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
  • Make progress towards completing their program
  • Respect any conditions listed on their study permit
  • Stop studying if they no longer meet the requirements and
  • Leave Canada when their permit expires

Application Process

There are four stages to obtaining a Canadian study permit

Step 1

Check your eligibility

Make sure you’re qualified to receive a study permit in Canada. Depending on your citizenship and place of residence, you may also need other papers, such as a letter of acceptance from a DLI and evidence of financial support.

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Step 2

Prepare your application

If you are eligible, you can start working on your study permit application. Make sure you have all the documentation needed for your nation. It is important to have a knowledgeable immigration professional check your application before submission since immigration authorities have the authority to deny study permits if they believe an applicant has not complied with all rules.

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Submit your study permit application

When submitting your application, you have two choices: Send a digital application: You can submit an application electronically using scanned or electronic copies of the required documentation by creating an account on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Fill out and provide a paper application: Create a physical copy of your application, and submit it to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) designated to your nation.

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If your study permit is approved, come to Canada!

Please note that you do not receive your Canadian study permit until you arrive at a Canadian Port of Entry (POE). If your permit is approved, the Canadian government will issue you a Port of Entry Introduction Letter. You must keep this letter and show it to the immigration official when you arrive in Canada in order to obtain your study permit.

Step 4

Your study permit is not a visa, so please be aware of that. This implies that, depending on your country of citizenship, a travel visa may be required for you to visit the POE in Canada.

  • Visa Exempt CountriesThese countries do not require a visa to enter Canada. You can come directly to the Port of Entry to obtain your study permit. Please note that you may still require an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada.
  • Non-Visa Exempt CountriesThese countries require a visa to enter Canada. When your study permit application is approved, the visa officer should mail you a travel visa authorizing you to travel to Canada.

*If you are already in Canada legally, you may apply from within the country. If your study permit is approved it will be mailed to you.

How can we help?

It might be challenging and confusing to study in Canada as an international student. There are numerous schools and programs from which to pick, and applications for study permits are frequently rejected because they do not adhere to regulatory regulations. Fortunately, the Oblivion Team is here to simplify things simple for you. In order to give assistance from beginning to end, our international student program matches prospective students with one of our knowledgeable educational counselors.

Please complete our free student assessment to evaluate your eligibility for studies in Canada, and one of our Educational Counsellors will call you to discuss your needs.

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