A study permit is a document issued by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that shows you have met the requirements to study in Canada.
In most cases International students cannot study in Canada without first getting a valid study permit. You will usually have to apply for a student permit from outside of Canada. Student permits are normally issued for the duration of your study program. Applications can be submitted online or in person.
Below are some of the general requirements for obtaining a student permit that most applicants must meet. You must:
have a valid passport
be accepted to or are enrolled in a designated learning institution
prove that you have enough money to pay for your tuition fees and your living expenses while in Canada
be in good health and not be medically inadmissible to Canada
have no criminal offenses that would render you criminally inadmissible to Canada
have no serious immigration-related convictions such as a deportation that would ban you from Canada
convince an immigration officer that you have sufficient ties to your home country such as a job, home, financial assets or family.
convince the visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies
demonstrate that the intended purpose of your visit to Canada is to study and that you’re a bonafide student
provide a study plan or rationale for your chosen program of study
give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply
The cost to apply for a student permit v is $150. CAD
If you are required to provide biometrics a fee of $85 CAD per person will also apply. In most cases you will be required to undergo an immigration medical exam at your own cost. The fee for this varies from country to country.
In addition to making sure the application is complete there are three main areas where an RCIC can help.
Immigration Strategy and Option: An RCIC can advise you on the different visa options that are available to you and explain the pros and cons of each option.
Professional Representation: If you do not have a representative assisting you then you will probably only submit the minimum required documentation. Submitting only those documents sometimes is not enough to make your case and to satisfy the program officer or visa officer you meet the requirements of the visa. Generally, it is wise to submit as much evidence as you can above and beyond the minimum required. Your representative can assist you in preparing and submitting a strong application by identifying the weaknesses in your application and advising you how to strengthen your application.
Submission letter: An RCIC will prepare and submit a submission letter on behalf of the applicant along with the application. The submission letter is an important part of the application which summarizes and more importantly demonstrates why you meet the requirements of the visa.
Review your information and develop a strategy to apply
Prepare and submit your visa application to IRCC
Act as your authorized representative to IRCC
Update you regularly on the status of your application.
If you want to apply for a student permit to Canada we are here to help! Please complete our free assessment form or contact us and one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will revert to you within 48 hours. We can also help with student permit extensions.