Study Visa

For many immigrants to Canada, deciding to study in Canada is the first step in becoming Canadian. Graduates from Canadian colleges and universities are eligible for post-graduate work permits.  This means you may be able to stay in Canada after graduation, earning Canadian work experience that may form the basis of any future application for Permanent Residence.

In order to study in Canada, you must be accepted into a designated learning institution and have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay.

Students from certain countries may be eligible for processing for their Study Permits under the Student Direct Stream. Students from countries such as Pakistan, China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada will benefit from faster processing times.

Full time students in approved programs are authorized to work part time during the school year, and full time during regularly scheduled study breaks.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Travel Document: Have a valid passport (or other lawful travel document)
  • Acceptance Letter: You must have an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in order to apply for a Canadian study permit.
  • Proof of Financial Support: Demonstrate sufficient funds to meet the following requirements:
    • Pay the student fees for your first year of study as outlined by the DLI.
    • Meet all expenses for the first year of stay in Canada for the student and accompanying family member(s) in Canada.
    • Afford transportation for the student and accompanying family member(s) from Canada to their home country.
    • Funds should be demonstrated in liquid form, in the account under the name of the principal applicant, spousal applicant, a family relative, or a close friend.
  • Medical Exam: In most cases, after a visa officer receives an application for a study permit, they will request that the student and accompanying family member(s) complete a medical exam.
  • Criminal Record: In some cases, after a visa officer receives an application for a study permit, they will request police clearance certificates to ensure a person is not a risk to Canadian security.
  • Other Supporting Documentation: Extensive supporting documentation must be submitted with all study permit applications.