A study permit is a document that allows a foreign national to study at Designated Learning Institutions (DLI). A DLI is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students.
A study permit generally allows you to stay in Canada for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. In this extra time either you prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay.
- Enrolled at DLI (A letter of acceptance from DLI).
- Passport or travel document.
- Proof of sufficient funds to pay for tuition fees, living and return transportation for student and any family members who come with the student to Canada.
- Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and medical examination might be required.
- Intention to leave Canada at the end of studies.
Study Permit is not Required if
- Duration of study program is up to 6 months.
- The study is not a part of the longer program and you can complete the study within the period of your authorized stay.
- You belong to a family member or staff member of foreign representative.
- You have Registered Indian Status in Canada.
- Minor children attending kindergarten.
- Minor children who are refugees or refugee claimant.
- Minor children whose parents are refugees or refugee claimants.
- Minor children who want to attend pre-school, primary or secondary school, and are already in Canada with a parent who is allowed to work or study in Canada.
Work While Studying
While studying you are allowed to work for 20 hrs/week during academic session and full time during holidays if you are a full-time student at DLI (some exceptions), have a valid study permit and duration of the course is at least six months.