How to change your Visitor Visa to Study Permit in Canada

Admission Hub helped +3,000 visitors from over 29 countries change their Visitor Visas to Study Permits inside Canada.

How can I change from a Visitor Visa to a Study Permit inside Canada?

You can apply for a study permit after entering Canada if you:

  • Completed a short-term course or program of study that is a prerequisite to their enrolling at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

  • Have a spouse or parents who have a valid Study Permit or Canadian Work Permit

  • Visiting or exchange students studying at a DLI

Benefit of changing Visitor Visa to Study Permit in Canada

  • Change your visitor visa status to study permit inside Canada save more time

    Processing time can be completed within a month if you transfer from a visitor visa to a study permit. This also means you can immigrate to Canada faster and work inside Canada legally. This is a shortcut to get a Work Permit through the study pathway.

  • Less documentaries

    Compared with other ways to immigrate to Canada, there is almost no need to prove your bank information. The requirements are much less than other routes. It is safe to say that converting from a visitor visa to a study visa is the best immigration method with the lowest threshold, the lowest cost, and the highest success rate.

  • Spouse and children can also get work permit and education in Canada

    Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children may also be able to get processing on a visitor visa, work permit, or study permit. By changing a tourist visa to a study visa, you are allowed to study in a post-secondary designated learning institution.

  • Get to study in Canada without leaving the country

    Changing Visitor visa to Study Visa is quick and effortless. Normally, when you want to apply for a student visa to study in Canada, you will have to leave Canada and re-enter. However, by changing visa status from a visitor visa to a study permit you don't have to leave the country to do so.

Change visitor visa to study permit inside Canada


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The Study Permit holder is allowed to work while studying. Further, you will also be eligible for up to 3 years of Post-Graduation Work Permit.​

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

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

Q&A: Change from 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.

Only some people can apply for a study permit from inside Canada. 

  • Completed a program that is required for admission to a DLI while under Visitor Status

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

-Your spouse, the 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

-Most importantly, the 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 you are waiting for your Study Permit you can legally stay in Canada even your status has expired.

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.

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 hundred of international students changing Visitor Status to Study Permit. We have even helped applicants that were previously refused 3 times from an overseas Canadian  Embassy And successfully applied Canadian study permit inside Canada

If the applicants have more than 2 years after graduation or are over 25 years old, there is a risk of “advanced age” when you are applying for a student visa in Canada. However, there are no age eligibility criteria if you convert from a visitor visa to a study permit. Our customers have a wide range of ages, from 19 years old to 55 years old. Change from a tourist visa to a study visa has a 90% of success rate.

Yes. Education gap is not a problem when you want to change your visitor visa to a study permit. If you are applying for a student visa from outside Canada, the education gap might be a problem, but if you are applying for a study permit inside Canada, the education gap is not a major problem as long as you can justify the reasons properly. We had students with years of education gap in between before applying for a study permit and were still successful.

If the applicants have a major change that occurred after the first visa application (such as inheritance, IELTS re-examination score improvement), then it is difficult for the Immigration Bureau to reverse the case and give you approval for the second time. 

If you are applying for a student visa from your country and got rejected, then apply for a travel visa, the chance of denial is lower than applying for a student visa. Once a tourist visa is issued, an additional channel and insurance are given to the student visa. After entering the country through a tourist visa, you can apply for a student visa in Canada by having a study permit first, it has a higher success rate. 

Changing your visa status from a visitor visa to a study permit inside Canada has a 98% approval rate.

The key to a successful transfering visa from travel visa to study visa is to register for a short-term prerequisite course (prerequisite course) within 6 months, and your course institution must be on the DLI list (list of designated educational institutions). 

After completing the short-term course and obtaining the university acceptance letter, you can apply for a study visa. 

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I would like to thanks Simran and all the staff worked on my study permit case. Their professionalism and dedication helped me to changed my visitor visa to study permit within 2 months. I came in Dec 2019 as as visitor and in March I got my study permit now im in college. Thank you again for making my dream comes true.

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