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Study Permit

Did you know that there was a 74% increase in effective study permits in 2021 in comparison to 2020?

Study permit is a document issued to foreign national to study at designated learning institutions in Canada.

Understanding Study Permits


To be eligible for a study permit you must:

  • Qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller

    • You do not need to be fully vaccinated if you are under the age of 18.

    • You must attend a designated learning institution (DLI) with an authorised COVID-19 preparedness plan.

  • Are enrolled at a DLI 

  • Can demonstrate you have enough money to pay for

    • your tuition fees

    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada, and return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada

  • Obey the law, have no criminal record and obtain a police certificate, if necessary

  • Are in good health and obtain a medical exam, if necessary and

  • Can prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires

When a study permit is not required

Most foreign nations require a study permit, however there are a few exceptions to this:

  • If you are a family or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada that has been accredited by Global Affairs Canada.

  • If you are a member of the foreign armed forces on official duties in Canada.

  • If you have Registered Indian status in Canada, regardless of whether you are a citizen in another country.

  • Minor children don’t need a study permit if:

    • They’re in kindergarten

    • They’re refugees or refugee claimants

    • Their parents are refugees or refugee claimants, or

    • They’re in pre-school, primary or secondary school, and they’re already in Canada with a parent who has a work or study permit

To speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer about a Study Permit book your consultation today.

The explanations and information provided herein are only general explanations, information and samples. You should not rely on this article as legal advice or as recommendations regarding what you should actually do. We recommend that you seek legal advice to help you understand and to assist you in the creation of your privacy policy.

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