How to Apply For a Canadian Study Permit

Are you already a student but you wish to further your education or start your college education in Canada?

Before you can go to Canada to study, you must possess a Canadian study permit. This permit is not just handed out, you have to attain this permit, and to do so you must have to apply for a Canadian study permit. 

So, if you do not know how to, I am going to be showing you how to apply for a Canadian study permit. 

First off, keep in mind that you must have a letter of acceptance from the Canadian university you wish to study at before applying. 

There are two ways to apply for a Canadian study permit, applying online or applying on paper. In normal circumstances applying online is best, in circumstances that make this impossible, you can apply on paper. 

Keep in mind that you can apply online whether you live in Canada already or you do not reside in Canada yet. 

However, in rare cases, you can apply for a Canadian study when you have arrived in Canada already and you’re at the port of entry. However, be sure that you already know which choices are available to you.

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Steps To Apply For a Canadian Study Permit

Now let us see the necessary steps you should take to apply online to get your Canadian study permit. 

1. Get your documents ready

Before applying here are some documents that you must get ready. 

  • You must include a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) that you will be attending when applying.

Unless you are a fully vaccinated traveller and are under the age of 18, you must study at a DLI with an authorized COVID-19 preparation plan if you are under the age of 18.

As many documents as possible that are required for a comprehensive application

They won’t be able to finish your study permission until you’ve filled out the entire application. Be aware that delaying the submission of papers will result in processing delays.

  • A letter of explanation for any missing papers as a result of COVID-19

Also, You must produce a valid Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) or a letter of permission for your CAQ if you wish to study in Quebec.

2. Apply online

You must apply for a study permit online, whether you are outside of Canada or already in the country.

You can only apply on paper on the following exceptions 

  • If you have a disability that makes it impossible for you to apply online
  • Non-national inhabitants, refugees, and stateless people, but they  must have an identity or travel document.

When filling out your application, you may be required to take additional steps.

See detailed components on how to apply.

To get the next steps for you to apply, you need to answer a few questions:

  • From where are you submitting your application? Is it Away from Canada, Within Canada, or At a border crossing?

After doing this, you have successfully applied to get your Canadian study permit. 

However, what happens after you apply? Does it end there? Absolutely not. So take a look at the next steps to take after applying online. 

What to do After Applying for a Canadian study permit

Here are some of the next processes that follow after you apply for a Canadian study permit. 

Personal fingerprints and photos (biometrics)

Biometric changes that are only temporary

To avoid processing delays, schedule your biometric session as soon as possible.

There may be procedures in place to assist you if you are unable to make an appointment before the date on your biometric instruction letter.

The time it takes for your biometrics to be processed varies by nation. As a result, make sure to check the application processing times that relate to you.

Biometrics may be required as part of your application. This time does not include the time required to provide biometrics.

 Your Study Permit is Now Being Processed

They’ll now review your application to ensure that you have all of the required documentation. They may return your application without reviewing it if it is incomplete, or they might request the missing documents.

Also, they may request that you attend a meeting with their representatives in your nation, or give them. further information.

You might also require:

  • If necessary, a medical examination 
  • a  police certificate (if required)

What happens in a case of Missing Documents 

If you didn’t include all of the required documents with your application, you can upload them to your online account or fill out our web form.

You will not be granted a student visa until you have submitted a complete application. If you wait to submit documents, there will be delays in processing.

Updating your application

You must update your application if you move or change your address, phone number, or any other key contact information after you apply.

When your application is approved

If you’re already in Canada, you’ll get your study permit addressed to you at the port of entry when you arrive.

If you applied for your study permit outside of Canada, you will receive a port of entry letter of introduction stating that you are permitted to study in Canada. This is not your study permit in the mail.

When you arrive in Canada, you must bring this letter with you and show it to a border services officer. We’ll also send you a visiting visa (temporary resident visa) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) that allows you to enter Canada if it’s necessary. 

If you’re from a nation that requires an electronic travel authorization, the letter of introduction will include information about your eTA. 

Your eTA will be connected to your passport and will be valid for 5 years or until the expiration of your passport, whichever comes first. You must travel using the same passport that you used to apply for your study permit.

The visa will be in your passport if you are from a nation that requires a visitor visa. It will indicate if you can enter Canada only once or several times. Before your visa expires, you must enter Canada.

Also, you should travel with a valid green card (or equivalent official proof of status in the United States) and a valid passport if you’re a lawful permanent resident of the United States.


All the information stated above is provided to assist you in successfully applying for a Canadian study permit. 

If you follow through with all these processes, you stand a great chance of being granted a Canadian study permit. 

If you have further questions on how to apply for a Canadian study permit, leave a comment below! 

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