If you’re planning to study in Canada as an international student, one of the things that you need to secure is a study permit. This document is your authorization to enter and stay in the country for your academic program.
But before you can apply for a study permit, one of the requirements that you need to fulfill is getting a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI). A DLI is any school or educational institution the Canadian government authorizes to accept international students.
To get accepted into one of these institutions, you must meet their admission requirements, such as submitting academic credentials, passing language proficiency exams like IELTS or TOEFL, and providing financial proof showing your ability to pay tuition fees and living expenses.
Eligibility for Study Permit
To be eligible for a study permit, you need to prove that you have been accepted into a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI), have enough money to pay for your tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation, and are in good health. Additionally, you must prove that you will leave Canada after completing your studies.
- To obtain a study permit, you will need the following documents:
- Acceptance Letter from a Canadian DLI
- Valid Passport or Travel Document
- Proof of Financial Support
- Study Plan
- English Language Proficiency Test Results (if applicable)
How to Apply
To apply for a study permit, you can either apply online or by paper. We recommend using online as it is faster and more efficient. To apply online, you must create an account on the Canadian government website and submit your application. The application fee is CAD 150.
The processing time for a study permit can vary depending on the country you are applying from. We recommend using it for at least three months before you arrive in Canada.
Extending Your Study Permit
If your study permit is about to expire and you need to extend it, you can do so by applying to the Canadian government. You must use it at least 30 days before your current permit expires.
In addition to the criteria mentioned in the introduction, other factors may affect your eligibility for a study permit. These include your criminal record, previous immigration history, and your overall admissibility to Canada. Reviewing the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for a study permit is essential.
Let’s take a closer look at the documents you need to apply for a study permit:
This letter confirms your acceptance into a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Make sure the letter is from a DLI that the Canadian government approves.
Valid Passport or Travel Document
Your passport or travel document must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in Canada. If your access will expire soon, it’s a good idea to renew it before applying for a study permit.
Proof of Financial Support
It would be best to show that you have enough money to pay for your tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation. This can be done through bank statements, scholarship letters, or other forms of financial support.
You need to provide a study plan that outlines your course of study, the duration of your program, and your expected outcomes.
English Language Proficiency Test Results
If your program is in English, you may need to provide English language proficiency tests results, such as IELTS or TOEFL.
To apply for a study permit, you need to follow these steps:
- Create an account on the Canadian government website and complete the application form.
- Pay the application fee of CAD 150.
- Submit your application and supporting documents online.
- Wait for the processing time. This can take several weeks or even months, depending on your location.
- If your application is approved, you will receive a study permit. If it is denied, you will receive a letter explaining the reasons for the denial.
How to Extend Your Study Permit
- If you need to extend your study permit, you need to follow these steps:
- Apply to extend your study permit at least 30 days before it expires.
- Submit the required documents, including a new acceptance letter and proof of financial support.
- Wait for the processing time. This can allow you to stay in Canada while waiting for approval.