Study Permit: How to apply

What is a study permit?

The study permit is a document that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada. Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada. Make sure you have all the documents you need before you apply. You should apply before you travel to Canada.

Your study permit is not a visa. It doesn’t let you enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA).

When to apply?

Generally, you must apply for a study permit before you come to Canada. Some people can apply for a study permit from within Canada. In some cases, you can apply when you arrive in Canada at the port of entry. Make sure you understand which option is available to you.


Get your documents ready

When you apply, you should submit

  • letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) you’ll be attending
    • If you’re under 18 and coming from outside Canada to study, you must study at a DLI with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, unless you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
  • as many of the documents needed for a complete application as possible
    • Study permit shall not be finalized until you’ve submitted a complete application.
    • Waiting to submit documents will cause delays in processing.
  • a letter of explanation for any documents that are missing due to COVID-19

If you plan to study in Quebec, you must provide a valid certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) or your letter of approval for your CAQ.

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