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How to change my Canadian
(Tourist) Visitor Visa to a Study Permit inside Canada?

Canada is well known for its high standard education and living. It is also the most preferred destination for international students to pursue their studies and make their future home. Every year Canada welcomes more than 700,000 students to study and explore amazing career opportunities. If you are in Canada as a visitor and wish to change your visitor Visa to study permit inside Canada, to attend a designated learning institution, you may be able to do so.

As of June 1, 2014, certain foreign nationals may apply for and receive a study permit from within Canada. Above all, these include:

Study Permit for visitors:
Visitors to Canada will be allowed to apply for a study permit within the country. However, eligible visitors must fall under one of the following categories:

  •  – Participant in an academic exchange
  •  – Visiting a designated educational institution
  •  – Completed a program of study required for admission to a college

Q&A: Visitor Visa to Study Permit

How to change a Visitor Visa to Study Permit inside Canada?

To change your Canadian Visitor Visa Status to Study Permit (Visa), firstly you will have to complete a short-term prerequisite course. After you complete the prerequisite program, you will be eligible to apply study permit inside Canada.


Who is eligible to change from a Visitor Visa to Study Permit in Canada?

Only some people can apply for a study permit from inside Canada. Do any of the situations below describe you?


You’re currently in Canada and one of these applies:

– Your spouse, common-law partner has a valid study or work permit

– You’re an exchange student or visiting student

– You completed a short-term prerequisite course within the initial 6 months period while under Visitor Visa status



You’re currently in Canada and one of these applies:



Most importantly, IRCC officer will assess whether you have met the terms before they approve your application. Subsequently, you will have implied status. In other words, while your are waiting for your Study Permit you can legally stay in Canada even your status has expired.



 Can I study while waiting for my Study Permit?




International students who are eligible to apply Study Permit Inside Canada are eligible to continue studying while waiting for the approvals. However,they must cease studying if their application is refused.






Do I need to leave if I apply my permit inside Canada?

Your study Permit will be sent directly to Admission Hub office from IRCC visa processing center. Hence there is no need to cross the border.

Our immigration consultants and admission team will guide you the process from the beginning to the end.  Certainly from enrolling a short-term pre-requisite program to the date you obtain your study permit. Moreover you will have on-going support until you reach Permanent Residency Status.

Spouses can apply for an open work permit if their partner is an international student in Canada.

Yes. Admission Hub has been helping many international students changing Visitor Status to Study Permit. As a matter of fact, we have even helped applicants that were previously refused numerous times from an overseas Canadian  Embassy Visa Section/ High Commissioner / Consulate.

Work & Study




Work in Canada

Study Permit holder is allowed to work while studying.

Further, you will also be eligible for up to 3 years Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Visitor visa to study permit inside Canada


Work Permit for Spouse

Study Permit holder’s spouse can receive an Open Work Permit while spouse is actively studying.

Visitor visa to study permit inside Canada

Path for Canada Immigration

Additionally, International students with Canadian credentials and  work experience will receive extra points from many immigration programs. 


Visitor visa to study permit inside Canada

Free Education for Child

Besides other benefits, Government of Canada provides free education for study permit holder’s child until secondary school education.

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