FAQ: Study Permit in Canada

Everything you need to know before applying for a Study Permit in Canada FAQ: Study Permit in Canada

FAQs Study Permit in Canada (2022 updates)

Every year, over 130,000 students come to Canada to study. After being accepted to a University or College course in Canada, you will need to apply for a study permit.  A study permit is a non-immigrant visa. Today’s blog is about all the FAQs you need to know about Canadian Study Permit in 2022!

FAQs study permit in Canada

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1. What is a Canadian Study Permit?

Study Permit is a type of Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) that allows students to study in Canada for a temporary period of time, and typically indicates the educational institution they are attending and course of study. To qualify, an applicant must fit a certain set of requirements.

2. How to Get a Study Permit in Canada?

To get a Canadian study permit, you must first apply to a designated learning institute (DLI). Once accepted, you may proceed to apply for a study permit. Along with the application itself, you will be required to submit certain documentation, as well as meet all requirements set by the Canadian government. There are several eligibility requirements for those looking to immigrate to Canada for study. The following are requirements for study permits in Canada:

  • You must be enrolled at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • You must prove you have enough money for: tution fees, living expenses, and return transportation.
  • You must obey the law, have no criminal record, and get a police certificate (if required).
  • You must be in good health and get a medical exam (if required).
  • You must prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires. 

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3. What happens if your Study Permit is refused?

An applicant can be refused for a number of reasons. He or she may lack proof of sufficient funds, or proof that they will stay for only a temporary basis. If this happens, it is important to take a close look at the application to understand what went wrong. From here, an individual may be able to reapply and oftentimes have success the second time around if all issues are fixed.

4. What is Study Permit in Canada Processing Time?

Canadian Study Permit Processing Times depend mostly on the applicant’s country of residence. Typically a Canadian study permit can be processed between 1-16 weeks. 

5. How to avoid Study Permit being denied in 2022?

  1. Showing that you are financially stable and can support yourself while you are studying in Canada.
  2. Showing that you will leave Canada after you have finished studying. This can be whether you want to work in another country, you have a plane ticket out of Canada, or you have a stable home in another country.
  3. Choosing a program that you can clearly connect to your past experiences or future goals. For example if you live in India and have been involved in the medical field and interned at a doctors office but then apply for a graphic design program in Canada you may be refused due to the program not fitting the education path you have already started. However, if you are in the same situation and clearly explain in your personal statement that you plan to work in graphic design for a hospital or another part of the medical field, you may not face an application refusal or return.
  4. Showing that you have been accepted to a college, university or institute in Canada. The IRCC will be reviewing your credibility with the school that you indicated on your application. Unfortunately, sometimes fake institutions will falsely advertise or falsely accept international students to make money, who later find this out when their application is denied. To avoid this, make sure the programs to which you apply are designated institutions by the government of Canada.

6. What Happens If Study Permit in Canada is Refused?

If your application is denied, you may be able to appeal the decision within 30 days of receiving it. You can also apply for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) if there are reasons why you should not be removed from Canada.

Appealing a decision means taking it up with the court or tribunal that made it. The appeal process is different in each province, so it’s important to find out which one applies to your situation before proceeding further.

In Ontario, for example, an appeal must be filed within 30 days of receiving notice of the rejection. This notice will include a brief statement outlining why they believe you should not receive a permit and instructions on how to apply for an appeal hearing with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

7. How do I appeal if Study Permit is Refused ?

Option 1: Request a review by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

If you disagree with the reasons for refusal given in your letter, you have 30 days from the date of your letter to request a review by IRCC. You need to submit a written request for review along with all supporting documents that show why you should be allowed into Canada. If IRCC agrees with your position on the case, they will issue a new decision allowing you to enter Canada.

Option 2: Request an appeal before the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD)

If you disagree with the decision made by IRCC and want to continue pursuing your application for a study permit, you must contact them within 30 days of receiving their decision. They will then send you instructions on how to file an appeal before the IAD within 60 days of receiving their decision. If you choose this route, it’s important to act quickly; there’s no guarantee that they’ll hold an appeal hearing if they receive your request too late in the process.

7. How long can you stay in Canada with Study Permit?

1. If you’re taking prerequisite courses

If your school asks you to take courses before they accept you into the main program, your study permit will be valid for the length of those courses, plus 1 year. When you get accepted into the main program, you must then apply to extend your stay as a student.

2. If you’ll finish your studies after your study permit expires

If you don’t finish your courses before the date on your permit, you must apply to extend your stay as a student. If you don’t, you’ll need to stop studying and leave Canada.

3. If you finish your studies before your study permit expires

If you finish your studies early, your permit will stop being valid 90 days after you complete your studies, no matter what day is printed on the study permit.

You’ve completed your studies on the date your school first notifies you by completion letter, transcript, degree, or diploma.

7. How can I start working while on a study permit in Canada?

You can work while on Study Permit in Canada if:

  • Your employment is on-campus;
  • The international student is the recipient of a scholarship;
  • The work has been certified as being an integral part of the program of study;
  • The work consists of academic research or a post-doctoral fellowship;
  • The work takes place after graduation in a field related to the program of study.
  • Spouses of international students are eligible to work temporarily in Canada.

Here are some ways to get started:

1. Apply for a Co-Op Work Permit

If you want to work full-time while you’re studying in Canada, you’ll need to get a Co-Op Work Permit. This is exactly what it sounds like: a work permit that lets you work in your field of study for up to one year at a time. You’ll need a co-op placement with an employer who is approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as having met certain criteria related to their business practices and ability to provide meaningful work experience for foreign students. The employer must also demonstrate that their business will benefit from hiring a foreign student and that the student will benefit from working there.

2. Apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit

If you want to work off-campus during your studies, this type of permit allows you to do so without the need for employer sponsorship or having been offered an internship or co-op placement by an educational institution that has been approved by CIC as meeting its requirements for offering these types of programs.

7. How to extend a Study Permit?

You will need to file Form IMM 1249. This immigration visa form is used by individuals who want to file for an extension of their study permit in Canada. Individuals submit form IMM 1249 to change conditions or to extend their stay in Canada as students. This application is for temporary residents who reside currently reside in Canada as students.

Note: Individuals holding valid current temporary resident status can apply for an extension of their stay, provided they apply at least 30 days before the expiry date of their current status.

7. How to become PR with Study Permit?

Many international students in Canada finish their studies with the hopes of obtaining work and remaining in Canada permanently. In certain Express Entry categories, students may be eligible for permanent residence without any work experience. Often though, students will apply for work and then a work visa to stay temporarily. After having gained academic and work experience in Canada, they may have more options to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

7. How to get a Study Permit as a Visitor in Canada?

If you are in Canada visiting, you can apply for a student visa while you’re in Canada.

You can qualify to apply if you’re currently in Canada and one of these applies:

  • you have a valid study or work permit
  • your spouse, common-law partner or parent has a valid study or work permit
  • you’re a minor child in primary or secondary school
  • you’re an exchange student or visiting student
  • you completed a short-term course or study program required to be accepted at a DLI
  • you or your spouse, common-law partner or dependent child has a temporary resident permit (TRP) valid for 6 months or more
  • you’re being sponsored to immigrate and you already applied for permanent residence (if you’re eligible)
  • you or your spouse, common-law partner or dependent child are subject to an unenforceable removal order
  • you’re the spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of:
  • an athlete on a team based in Canada
  • a member of the media
  • a member of the clergy
  • military personnel on duty in Canada or
  • an accredited foreign representative
  • you’re a refugee claimant in Canada or a family member of a refugee claimant in Canada.

7. How to change visitor visa to study permit in Canada?

Step by step changing Visitor visa to Study permit in Canada

Step 1: Contact Canada Admission Hub as soon as you landed in Canada as a visitor.

Step 2: Follow our instructions and prepare all paperwork needed to apply for a prerequisite at a DLI 

Step 3: Apply to a Canadian Public/Private College in DLI list

Step 4: Get your LOA and apply for Study Permit 

Step 5: Receive your Study Permit and study in a Canadian College. Keep in touch with Canada Admission Hub

The total application processing time for a visitor visa holder transfer to study permit holder normally is 4-6 weeks*


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