Study Permit FAQs
How do I apply for a study permit?
In most cases, you must apply for a Study Permit before coming to Canada. Ensure that you have a letter of acceptance from the educational institution (i.e. the school, college or university) in Canada that has accepted you before you begin the application process.
I want to study in Canada for less than six months. Do I need a study permit?
You can study in Canada without a Study Permit if:
- the duration of your course or program of study is six months or less; and
- you will complete your course or studies within the time you are allowed to stay in Canada.
These courses include self-improvement or general interest courses, such as painting or language courses. You can also take courses at colleges and universities, as long as the courses are not taken as part of a program that is longer than six months in duration. You must apply for a Study Permit if your main reason for coming to Canada is to study for more than six months.
How long will it take to process my Study Permit application?
Processing times vary. It depends on the type of application you submit, and where it is processed. Citizenship and Immigration Canada lists processing times for applications submitted inside and outside Canada.
I want to change my school or program of study. How can I change my study permit?
Post Secondary Students:
- You may change your school, program and/or field of study without applying for a new study permit. You do not need to apply for a change to the condition of your study permit, either. You may continue to use your Study Permit as long as it is valid.
- If you are changing your level of study (e.g., bachelor's to master's), you do not need to apply for a change to the condition of your study permit, either.
Different rules apply for primary and high school students.