Applying For a Study Permit
Many foreign nationals attempt to come and receive an education in Canada’s well known education system. Studying in Canada has many perks, including receiving Canadian legal status under the law. Although, it is important to note that a study permit is not a visitor’s visa, so you must leave after your study period has ended. It is also possible to return to your home country during study breaks, but must return with proof of study at a designated Canadian Learning institution. There are also certain exceptions in regards to study permits; these exceptions are individuals who are exempt from needing a study permit to study in Canada or those from a designated country which allows for direct entry into a Canadian designated learning institutions (DLI). This article will discuss how to apply for a study permit through the student direct stream, who can extend their study permit, and the conditions on study permits.
Requirements for a study permit
The first step in obtaining a study permit is receiving an offer of admission from a Canadian learning institution. Once you have received and accepted your offer, you may apply for a study permit in Canada. The study permit is a document that the Canadian government issues that allows international students to study at a designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada.
While studying in Canada under a study permit you must:
- remain enrolled at a DLI
- make advancement towards finishing your program
- oblige by all conditions listed on your study permit
- stop studying if you no longer meet the requirements
- exit Canada when your study permit expires
Depending on your case, there may be conditions on your study permit such as:
- the academic level of studies you can take
- if you are allowed to receive a work permit in Canada
- if you can’t travel within Canada
- the date you must be done your studies
How long is a study permit valid?
A study permit is valid for the entire length of your program, and you will also receive an extra 90 days after the end of your program. This extra time lets you prepare to leave the country or to extend your stay in Canada.
- If you won’t be able to finish your program before the expiration date on your permit, you must apply to extend your study permit
- If you finish your studies before the expected due date of your program, your permit will stop being valid 90 days after you complete your program (regardless of the date which appears on your study permit).
Your studies are complete once you:
- On the date you get the first notification from your school (such as an email, letter, transcript, etc.)
- When you get your degree, diploma or certificate.
You must provide proof of the date that you have received one of these.
Who is Eligible for the Student Direct Stream
The student direct stream only applies to individuals of certain countries. These countries have an agreement with the government of Canada to process student applications from these designated countries faster than applicants from other foreign countries.
You can apply if you’re a legal resident in:
- the Philippines
If you live in another country (even if you’re a citizen of one of the countries stated), you have to apply through the regular study permit application process.
You must attach these documents with your application:
- a copy of your acceptance letter from a designated learning institution
- a copy of your medical exam confirmation document
- proof that you have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000
- proof that you’ve paid the tuition fees for your first year of study
- proof that you graduated from a Canadian curriculum high school or a language test form
After you apply
If your application is complete, it can start being reviewed it right away.
If your application meets the regular study permit criteria but not the Student Direct Stream criteria, your application will be reviewed as a regular study permit, meaning you will not receive faster processing.
If we approve your application
You will be sent:
- a letter of introduction
- a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada
Your study permit is valid until the end of your school program.
If your application is refused
You will be sent you a letter explaining why you were refused. If you have questions about why you were refused, contact the visa office that sent the refusal letter.
Updating your application
If you move or change your address, telephone number or any other contact information after you apply, you let the IRCC know.
Contact Akrami & Associates
If you have any further questions or inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us. We understand that applying for a study permit through the direct stream may be hard; this is why we are here to help. It is highly recommended that you seek assistance in a process such as obtaining a study permit into Canada, doing this alone may leave you confused, frustrated and may lead to a failed application process. With our experience here at Akrami and associates, we can find a way for you to overcome the difficult process and help you become a student in Canada. If you or someone you know is attempting to study in Canada but has been refused, contact us at our office number: (416) 447-2545. We can provide legal assistance or consultation with an immigration professional for you or your loved ones.
With Akrami & Associates, there is always a way!