What is the Study Permit?
The Canadian study permit is the legal document that allows you to remain in Canada temporarily as a student.
Initial study permit applications are processed at Canadian embassies and consulates worldwide. Your study permit application may be processed at a visa office within your home country or in a neighbouring country.
Processing times differ from country to country. Check the processing time for your country here.
How to Apply
- Apply online through the IRCC website.
- Apply on paper at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). A VAC is a third party organization that collects and securely sends your application and passport to the processing embassy or consulate. Applying in person at a VAC may be the best option if you are required to submit biometrics.
The cost for the study permit application is $150. An additional $85 fee is charged for collecting your biometrics. If you use the services of a VAC, the biometrics fee will be included in the fee charged by the VAC.
If you require an entry document, such as a temporary resident visa (TRV) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA), to enter Canada, it will be issued to you automatically if your application for a study permit is approved. There is no need for you to make a separate application.