If you need to extend your study permit, we recommend applying two to three months before the listed expiry date. Always make sure you are aware of your study permit’s expiration date and apply for an extension well in advance. If you apply to extend your student status in Canada before your permit expires, you may remain in Canada under maintained (implied) status until you receive a decision. Maintained status allows you to remain under the same conditions as your previous study permit until a decision is made on your application, as long as you do not leave Canada.
If you want to remain in Canada for longer but you will no longer be studying, you may be able to apply to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor, or you may be able to apply for a post-graduation work permit, if you have completed your program.
If you required a TRV to enter Canada, your original TRV likely expires at the same time as your initial study permit. If you have had to extend your study permit, you will not be automatically issued a new TRV. This means that if you plan to travel outside of Canada, you must apply for a new TRV in order to be able to return. We recommend planning well in advance to make sure that you have all the documents required for travel. Processing times can be found here and you can begin the TRV application process from inside Canada here.