WORKING IN CANADA: UNLOCK YOUR WORKING PERMIT!
There are currently more than 300,000 international students in Canada, and their numbers are growing.
A Study Permit is a document issued by an Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) officer who allows a foreign student to continue his/her study in Canada for a limited period of time. This study permit is required for the majority of students studying in Canada.
To be eligible to apply for a Canadian Study Permit, students must:
- Receive a letter of acceptance from a Canadian designated educational institution in order to apply for a study permit
- Demonstrate that he or she has sufficient funds to pay for tuition in his / her first year of schooling and to be able to support himself / herself. He must also be able to pay transportation costs for returning to his native land
- Obtain a Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ), in case the student wishes to study in Montreal or in the province of Quebec
- Be a candidate who respects the law and must not have a criminal record. Candidates with criminal records will be refused or pose a danger to Canadian security will be denied. The IRCC may require the applicant to submit a police certificate
- To be in a good health. The IRCC may ask the candidate to take a medical examination; and,
- Convince the IRCC officer that he / she will leave Canada upon expiry of the authorized period of entry under the study permit.
A candidate may be required to submit the following documents:
- The passport of the principal applicant, including the passports of all family members included in the application
- Two passport photos for the principal applicant, as well as for each member of the family included in the application. The name and date of birth must be indicated on the reverse side
- A photocopy of the marriage certificate, if applicable; and
- Any other document required by a specific visa office
Accompanying family members
A candidate who applies for a study permit may include his or her family members in the application to accompany the student in Canada. A spouse or common-law partner accompanying the candidate could potentially obtain an open work permit. Minor children could potentially be admitted to a Canadian elementary or secondary school. For more information, click here.
Applying for a Study Permit
Students and potential candidates who meet the eligibility criteria and who possess the required documents can apply for a study permit. The application can be made on paper or online. A paper application must be submitted to a visa processing office outside of Canada.
It is important to apply for a study permit immediately upon receipt of the letter of acceptance. The processing time for study permits varies. Treatments can be delayed during busy periods, especially during the summer.
Applicants for a study permit must demonstrate that they possess sufficient funds to pay tuition fees for the first year of study. In addition, applicants must have sufficient financial resources to support themselves and their accompanying family members while in Canada. This is applicable for each year.