Canada Study Permit

International students need a Canada study permit to study at a Canadian educational institution. 

What Is a Canada Study Permit?


Canada study permit authorizes to study at a Canadian educational institution, such as a school, college, or university.


Canada study permit is a document that Canadian Government issues to international students in Canada. Any study program longer than 6 months would require a Canada study permit. It allows to stay and study at school, college, or university in Canada.


If a Canadian educational institution hosts international students, it must appear as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in the list of DLIs, that you can find here.


Canada Study Permit Duration


A study permit is usually valid for the length of a study program, plus an extra 3 months to prepare to leave Canada or apply for a study permit extension.


International Students In Canada Who Do Not Need Study Permit


In some cases, international students don’t need a study permit to study in Canada, including:


  • Minor kids in Canada.
  • Those taking short-term programs (6 months or less).
  • Members of foreign armed forces.
  • Family or staff of foreign representatives.
  • Registered Indians in Canada.


Even if a Canada study permit is not required in the above-listed cases, an international student may still apply for the one. For example, if an international student wants to work in Canada twenty hours off-campus while taking a short-term course.


Canadian Student Visa Or Electronic Travel Authorization, as Addition To Canada Study Permit


As an addition to a Canada study permit, an international student may also need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (Canadian student visa).


A Canadian student visa is required for most international students to enter and re-enter Canada. International students from the visa-exempt countries that you can find here need an Electronic Travel Authorization.


Canadian Student Visa Requirements For International Students


Canada study permit rules establish international student eligibility criteria and list of documents that are required to apply for a study permit.


Documents For Canada Study Permit


Proof of acceptance:

A letter of acceptance (LOA) from Canadian educational institution

LOA must be on the official letterhead, show the exact amount of tuition fees, the anticipated starting/ finishing dates, and the date by which an international student needs to register.


Proof of identity:

Passport or travel document.

Citizens of the United States have some options on the identification documents they can carry. Must be valid.


Proof of funds to study in Canada.

When applying for a Canada study permit, there is a requirement to show minimum funds needed to support a student and family members who come with an international student:


Min funds                      per year

Student                          $10,000  + tuition fee
1st family member       $4,000
2nd family member     $3,000 


An international student can provide some of the following documents to prove funds to study in Canada:


  • Bank statements for the past 4 months.
  • Pay stubs, an employment letter.
  • Proof of assets or business.
  • Tuition fee payment.
  • Housing fee payment.
  • Financial support letter.
  • Proof of scholarship funding.
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution.
  • Student loan.


Statement of interest to study in Canada (motivation letter).

An international student must explain in the letter why he wants to study in Canada and specific program, as well as reflect a student's understanding of the responsibilities as a student. 


Custodian Declaration.

For minors studying in Canada, not being accompanied by parents. 


Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).  

Intended only for foreign nationals who wish to study in Québec.


Canada study permit application forms & other country-specific documents.

Visa office instructions for a specific country must be consulted before applying for a Canada study permit. Some countries may require additional forms or documents to apply for a study permit.


If you would like to know more about Canada study permit, you may call +1-647-695-5256 or email lena.levtsun@leromlaw.com or message us using the contact form below.


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