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Canadian Visas: Top Questions & Answers About Study Permits

Looking to study in Canada? We’ll be covering some basic questions in this post.

Are you thinking about studying in Canada? Have you already been accepted to a university? We answer some of the top questions prospective students have about studying in Canada and what they need to know about Canadian study permits.

Note: We recognise that people have individual immigration circumstances. This is why we offer a free online assessment to get you started on the right track.

The University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. Photo by Narciso Arellano.

How do I get a Canadian study permit?

To be eligible to apply for a study permit, you must have been accepted by a school, college, university, or other designated learning institution in Canada.

You must be fully vaccinated or study at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan if you are under 18 and unvaccinated.

You must prove that 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.

You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate. You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary, and must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when you have completed your studies.

Do I need anything extra to study in Quebec?

If you want to study in Quebec for longer than 6 months, you need a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the Gouvernement du Québec. Your school can give you all the details on how to apply for the CAQ.

McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Photo by D. Benjamin Miller.

Can I work while I study?

If you have a study permit and you’re registered as a full-time student at a DLI, you may be able to work on-campus or off-campus. If so, your study permit will include a condition that says you’re allowed to work while studying.

If you don’t have a study permit, you can’t work while you’re studying in Canada. In this case, you need to apply for a work permit.

Can I stay in Canada after I graduate?

If you have studied at a qualifying designated learning institution, you may be able to work temporarily or live permanently in Canada after you graduate.

The University of British Columbia.

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