Temporary Residence- Study Permit
If you intend to come to Canada to study and you are a foreign
national, you will likely need a study permit. This is a document
issued by the Canadian government that gives the holder permission
to study in Canada for a temporary period. In most cases, study
permit specifies the particular educational institution and course
Study permits are temporary visas and as such you will be required
to satisfy a Visa officer when entering Canada that you will be
studying in Canada for a temporary period.
Qualifying for a Study permit
An applicant must meet a number of criteria before he or she
can be issued a Study permit by a visa officer:
1. There must be an offer of acceptance from a qualified Canadian
institution. This could be in the form of a letter of admission
from the school you
intend to attend.
2. You will be required to demonstrate that you have sufficient
funds to pay the
school’s tuition and for your general living expenses during
your course of study
Up to at least one year
You may have to undergo an immigration medical exam and if you normally
require a visitor visa to Canada, you will have to be issued one in addition to your
study permit. If you are from a visa free country, you do not have to apply for a
visitor visa to study in Canada.
Can I work while on a Study Permit?
The answer is Yes but under certain conditions such as:
When your employment is on-campus;
When the work has been certified as being an integral part of the program of study and as part of gaining relevant experience in your field of study;
When the work consist of academic research or a post-doctoral fellowship;
When the work takes place after graduation in a field related to the program of study.
In addition, spouses of international students are eligible to work temporarily in Canada.
Under what circumstances will I study in Canada without a Study permit?
You do not require a Study permit when:
You take a French or English language training course that is not more than three months in duration;
You are the spouse or dependant child of: a diplomat or consular officer; a representative of a foreign country; or a representative of the United Nations or any other intergovernmental organization of which Canada is a member.