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Canada Study Permit

Getting a Study Permit for Canada

The rules governing study permits are changing June 1, 2014. To learn about the changes, read this article.

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People who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must almost always apply for a permit to go to school in Canada.

This document is issued at the Canadian embassy nearest to the applicant’s residence and is placed in the applicant’s passport. This visa shows you have met the requirements to be a temporary resident of Canada as a student.

Certain courses and children in certain situations do not need a permit to go to school in Canada.

If you are looking for assistance with your study permit application, call us at 416-962-2623 or email us for a consultation.



Study Permit Processing Time

If your study permit application is submitted from outside Canada, the processing time for your application depends on the location of the office where you submit the application. Processing times can range between 2 to 13 weeks on average.

Most visa offices process the applications in under one month’s time. For a complete list of visa offices and processing times, please refer to the following table.

Application times below are based on processing time for complete application, are averages, are subject to change without notice, and are not guaranteed. Applications may take longer than the timeframes stated by CIC at the officer’s discretion. Statistics are updated on our website every 30 days.

If your application was submitted within Canada, the average processing time is 3 – 6 weeks.

Canada Study Permit Basic Requirements

You must show the officer that you do not intend to immigrate to Canada or stay in Canada permanently.

You must also show that you:

  • Have been accepted to a Canadian school, college, or university
  • Have money to pay for your stay in Canada including tuition, food, and housing
  • Will leave Canada when your Study Permit expires
  • Are law abiding and do not have any criminal record
  • Are in good health (medical exam may be required)

You can be asked to provide any documentation pertaining to these and other requirements and to complete a medical examination if necessary.

When you speak with Immigroup regarding a Study Permit to Canada, we will advise you which of these requirements you most need to stress that you meet given your background and circumstances. We will also tell you of any additional requirements that apply to your situation.

Study Permit Conditions

When your Study Permit is issued, it will include various conditions or restrictions on what you may do while you are in Canada, including:

  • How long you can stay in Canada
  • What you can study
  • The school and location where you can study
  • Whether or not you may work in Canada while you are studying

These conditions may also be cancelled by an immigration officer.  

Study Permit Costs

Legal Fees

Our fees are on a case-by-case basis, but Immigroup service fees usually range from around $800 for the most basic application to around $1500 for more complicated matters. Top Priority service for clients who need their application processed urgently carries additional costs.

If you do not know where you stand, whether you are eligible to enter Canada, or how to proceed contact us for assistance.

Government Fees
In addition to the legal fees paid to a consultant or lawyer to assist you with this process, the applicant must also pay a fee to the Canadian government for filing their application. Please refer to the fee schedule below.

Study Permit: $125
*Biometrics: $85

*Study Permit applicants from certain countries must provide biometric information including fingerprints and photos for background checks. Please click here for the complete list of countries.

Government application fees are subject to change at any time without notice and are not refundable from CIC regardless of whether the application is approved.

Do I need a visa with my Study Permit?

People from certain countries may require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada on a Study Permit. However, if you do need a visa to enter Canada to study, the officer will issue it to you at the time you enter Canada to study; you do not need to make a separate application for a visa.

Citizens of most countries in the world need a visa to enter Canada. This includes citizens of many countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, India, Pakistan, China, the Caribbean, and South America. For a Complete list of countries whose citizens require a visa to enter or transit (change planes) in Canada, click here.

Citizens of certain countries are not required to have a visa to enter Canada as a visitor. These countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, many countries in western Europe, Japan, and South Korea. For a complete list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada, click here.

Family Members

For the purpose of a Study Permit, family members means the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children, and their dependent children (your grandchildren).

Spouse means either of the two people (opposite or same sex) who entered into a legal marriage either inside or outside of Canada.

Common-law Partner means either of the two people (opposite or same sex) living in the same house in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.

Dependent Children means the children of the applicant or their spouse or common-law partner who are

  • 22 years old or younger and single, or
  • Financially dependent on the parent since before 22 years old and still in school, or
  • Financially dependent since before 22 years old due to a medical condition

Any of the family members who wish to visit Canada must file separate applications for a Visitor Visa (each family member will receive their own visa).


Can my kids go to school while I am in Canada on a Study Permit?

A Study Permit, Work Permit, or Visitor Visa application must be submitted for each family member who wants to accompany you to Canada.

Your accompanying children may attend school in Canada. You must apply for their study permit at the same time as your application. If they intend to join you later, they must obtain a study permit before coming to Canada.

Can I work while going to school in Canada?

In order to work at a job on campus at the school you are attending, you do not need any type of work permit. You can work for the school itself or a private business operating on campus.

Foreign students on Study Permits in Canada are usually not allowed to work off campus while they attend school in Canada. However, some exceptions do apply to full-time students at certain schools. In order to work off campus you must apply for a work permit. For a complete list of participating schools, click here.

How we can help you study in Canada

To discuss your options for a permit to study in Canada, contact us for a consultation. We can determine your eligibility to apply for the visa as well as advise you how you can prove you meet the requirements. Frequently certain supporting documents are used to demonstrate to the immigration officer that you should be granted a study permit.

Immigroup will assist you throughout the entire application process from start to finish, including:

  • Determining your eligibility to apply;
  • Determining the likelihood of success for your particular case;
  • Ensuring your forms are complete and accurately reflect the details of your case for maximum chance of success;
  • Ensuring you have the necessary and appropriate documents to support your application;
  • Providing guidance on the best method to submit your application to the government for your circumstances;
  • Advising the privileges a Study Pemit affords you;
  • Offering Top Priority service for extremely urgent cases;
  • Determining the best way to proceed once the outcome of your case is reached (applying for a student work permit, renewing the study permit visa, re-application if necessary, etc.)

Contact us for a consultation to assist you with a study permit application.

Study Permit Processing Time by Canadian foreign office

Africa and the Middle East

Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 9 Nairobia, Kenya 11
Accra, Ghana 5 Pretoria, South Arica 13
Amman, Jordan 7 Rabat, Morocco 6
Ankara, Turkey 8 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3
Cairo, Egypt 7 Tel Aviv, Israel 4
Dakar, Senegal 6 Tunis, Tunisia 11
Lagos, Nigeria 18    

Asia and Pacific

Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
Bangkok, Thailand 7 Jakarta, Indonesia 5
Beijing, China 6 Manila, Philippines 11
Chandigarh, India 2 New Delhi, India 2
Colombo, Sri Lanka 7 Shanghai, China 6
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 13 Singapore 8
Hong Kong, China 7 Sydney, Australia 6
Islamabad, Pakistan 23    


Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
Bucharest, Romania 13 Prague, Czech Republic 2
Kyiv, Ukraine 7 Rome, Italy 5
London, United Kingdom 7 Vienna, Austria 4
Moscow, Russia 10 Warsaw, Poland 4
Paris, France 3    


Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
Bogota, Colombia 8 Mexico City, Mexico 4
Buenos Aires, Argentina 5 New York, United States 10
Guatemala City, Guatemala 7 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 4
Havana, Cuba 2 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 3
Kingston, Jamaica 7 Santiago, Chile 2
Lima, Peru 7 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 7
Los Angeles, United States 9 Sao Paulo, Brazil 6

List of Nationals who must provide Biometric Information

Afghanistan Colombia (as of 09/05/13) Iraq Nigeria Sudan
Albania Congo, DR Jamaica (as of 09/05/13) Pakistan South Sudan
Algeria Egypt Jordan Palestine Syria
Bangladesh Eritrea Laos Saudi Arabia Tunisia
Burma (Myanmar) Haiti (as of 09/05/13) Lebanon Somalia Vietnam
Cambodia Iran Libya Sri Lanka Yemen



List of Schools in Canada which participate in the off-campus work permit program

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

Schools in New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut do not currently participate in the program.


  • Alberta College of Art and Design
  • Ambrose University College:
    • 2-year Bachelor of Education - After Degree (Elementary Education)
    • 3-year Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Science; Business Administration; Christian Studies; English Literature; General Studies; History; Music; Philosophy)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Science; Christian Studies; English Literature; History; Music)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Business Administration
    • 4-year Bachelor of Music
    • 4-year Bachelor of Science (Biology)
  • Athabasca University
  • Bow Valley College
  • Canadian University College:
    • 3-year Bachelor of Arts (Adventure Based Counselling; Business Administration; English; General Studies; History; International Health and Wilderness Studies; Music; Outdoor Adventure Business Studies; Outward Pursuits; Religious Studies)
    • 3-year Bachelor of Science (Biology; General Studies; Psychology; Wellness Management)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Arts (Adventure Based Counselling; Behavioural Science; English; Music; Religious Studies)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Arts – International Studies
    • 4-year Bachelor of Science (Biology; Psychology)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Business Administration
    • 4-year Bachelor of Education
    • 4-year Bachelor of Music (Performance)
  • Concordia University College of Alberta:
    • 3-year Bachelor of Arts (Drama; English; French; History; Music; Philosophy; Political Economy; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology)
    • 3-year Bachelor of Science (Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Mathematics)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Arts (English; Music; Psychology [Applied Emphasis]; Religious Studies)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Science (Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Mathematics)
    • 2-year Bachelor of Environmental Health (after degree)
    • 2-year Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education (after degree)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Management
    • Master of Arts in Biblical and Christian Studies
    • Master of Information Systems Assurance Management
    • Master of Information Systems Security Management
  • DeVry Institute of Technology:
    • 4-year Bachelor of Business Administration
    • 4-year Bachelor of Science (Computer Information Systems [Onsite program only]; Engineering Technology)
  • Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Grant MacEwan University
  • Keyano College
  • Lakeland College
  • Lethbridge Community College
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mount Royal University
  • NorQuest College
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Northern Lakes College
  • Olds College
  • Portage College
  • Red Deer College
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • St. Mary’s University College of Alberta:
    • 2-year Bachelor of Education - After Degree (Elementary)
    • 3-year Bachelor of Arts (English; General Studies; History; Psychology)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Arts (English)
  • The King’s University College:
    • 2-year Bachelor of Education – After Degree (Elementary Education; Secondary Education)
    • 3-year Bachelor of Arts (Biology; Chemistry; English; History; Music; Philosophy; Psychology; Social Science; Sociology; Theology)
    • 3-year Bachelor of Science (Biology; Chemistry)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Arts (English; Environmental Studies; History; Music; Politics, History and Economics; Psychology; Religion and Theology [until June, 2013])
    • 4-year Bachelor of Science (Biology; Chemistry; Computing Science; Environmental Studies)
    • 4-year Bachelor of Commerce
    • 4-year Bachelor of Music
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
British Columbia
  • Adler School of Professional Psychology:
    • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
    • Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology
    • Master of Arts in Community Psychology
    • Master of Counselling Psychology
    • Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy
    • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Alexander College:
    • Associate of Arts Degree
    • Associate of Science Degree
  • Art Institute of Vancouver:
    • Bachelor of Applied Design in Graphic Design
    • Bachelor of Applied Design in Interior Design
    • Bachelor of Applied Design in Web Design
    • Bachelor of Science in Game Programming
  • Acsenda School of Management:
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and International Business Management
    • Bachelor of Business Administration (Generalist, Human Resource Management and Marketing)
    • Bachelor of Hospitality Management
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Camosun College
  • Capilano University
  • City University of Seattle:
    • Master of Counselling
    • Master of Education – Leadership
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of the Rockies
  • Columbia College:
    • Associate of Arts Degree
    • Associate of Science Degree
  • Douglas College
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University:
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies
    • Master of Administrative Science
  • Fraser International College:
    • Associate of Arts
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Langara College
  • New York Institute of Technology:
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Business Administration (Finance)
    • Master of Business Administration (Tourism)
    • Master of Science in Information, Network, and Computer Security
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • North Island College
  • Northern Lights College
  • Northwest Community College
  • Okanagan College
  • Quest University Canada:
    • Bachelor of Arts and Science
  • Royal Roads University
  • Selkirk College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Trinity Western University
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of British Columbia
  • University Canada West:
    • Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications
    • Bachelor of Commerce
    • Master of Business Administration
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Victoria
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Assiniboine Community College
  • Booth University College
  • Brandon University
  • Canadian Mennonite University
  • Providence University College
  • Red River College of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Université de Saint Boniface
  • University College of the North
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Winnipeg
  • New Brunswick
  • Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Mount Allison University
  • New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
  • New Brunswick Community College
  • St. Thomas University
  • Université de Moncton
  • University of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
College of the North Atlantic
Memorial University of Newfoundland, including:
  • Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University
  • Sir Wilfred Grenfell College


Nova Scotia
  • Acadia University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Dalhousie University – Agriculture Campus
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • NSCAD University
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Université Sainte-Anne
  • University of Kings College
  • Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Algoma University
  • Brock University including affiliated institution: Concordia Lutheran Seminary
  • Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Carleton University
  • Centennial College
  • Collège Boréal
  • Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Dominican University College
  • Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Fleming College
  • George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • La Cité collégiale
  • Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University including affiliated institutions: Huntington University, Université de Hearst, University of Sudbury and Thorneloe University
  • Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • McMaster University including affiliated institution: McMaster Divinity College
  • Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Nipissing University
  • Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • OCAD University
  • Queen’s University including affiliated institution: Queen’s Theological College
  • Ryerson University
  • Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph including affiliated institutions: Collège d’Alfred, Kemptville College and Ridgetown College
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa including affiliated institution: St. Paul University
  • University of Toronto including affiliated institution: Toronto School of Theology
  • University of Waterloo including affiliated institutions: Conrad Grebel University College, Renison College, St. Jerome’s University, St. Paul’s United College and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
  • University of Western Ontario including affiliated institutions: Brescia College, Huron College, King’s College and St. Peter’s Seminary
  • University of Windsor
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University
Prince Edward Island
  • Maritime Christian College:
    • Associate of Arts (Diploma)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Bible)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Child & Youth)
    • Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
    • Bachelor of Bible and Ministry
    • Biblical Studies Certificate
    • Ministerial Diploma
  • Holland College
  • Collège Acadie l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Bishop’s University
  • Cégep André-Laurendeau
  • Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
  • Cégep de Baie-Comeau
  • Cégep de Chicoutimi
  • Cégep de Drummondville
  • Cégep de Granby—Haute-Yamaska
  • Cégep de Jonquière
  • Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Cégep de l’Outaouais
  • Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
  • Cégep de La Pocatière
  • Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon
  • Cégep de Matane
  • Cégep de Rimouski
  • Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup
  • Cégep de Saint-Félicien
  • Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe
  • Cégep de Saint-Jérôme
  • Cégep de Saint-Laurent
  • Cégep de Sainte-Foy
  • Cégep de Sept-Îles
  • Cégep de Sherbrooke
  • Cégep de Sorel-Tracy
  • Cégep de Thetford
  • Cégep de Trois-Rivières
  • Cégep de Victoriaville
  • Cégep du Vieux Montréal
  • Cégep John Abbott College
  • Cégep Limoilou
  • Cégep Marie-Victorin
  • Cégep régional de Lanaudière
  • Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • Champlain Regional College
  • Champlain Regional College – Campus Lennoxville
  • Champlain Regional College – Campus Saint-Lambert
  • Collège Ahuntsic
  • Collège André-Grasset
  • Collège Bart
  • Collège d’Alma
  • Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
  • Collège de Maisonneuve
  • Collège de Rosemont
  • Collège de Valleyfield
  • Collège Édouard-Montpetit
  • Collège Ellis
  • Collège François-Xavier-Garneau
  • Collège Gérald-Godin
  • Collège Héritage
  • Collège international des Marcellines
  • Collège international Marie de France
  • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • Collège Laflèche
  • Collège LaSalle
  • Collège Lionel-Groulx
  • Collège Mérici
  • Collège Montmorency
  • Collège Notre-Dame-de-Foy
  • Collège O’Sullivan de Montréal
  • Collège préuniversitaire Nouvelles Frontières
  • Collège Shawinigan
  • Collège Stanislas
  • Collège Tav
  • Collège Tav, Campus du Parc
  • Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec
  • Concordia University
  • Dawson College
  • École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)
  • École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP)
  • École nationale de cirque
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • HEC Montréal
  • Institut de technologie agroalimentaire
  • Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec
  • Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Institut Teccart (2003) inc.
  • Marianopolis College
  • McGill University
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
  • Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
  • Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)
  • Université Laval
  • Vanier College
  • Parkland College
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Yukon College