Student Visas (called Study Permits) are required by students who plan to study in Canada longer than six months. Students planning to study programs lasting fewer than six months do not require a Study Permit.
Study Permits are not required for children enrolled in pre-school or kindergarten programs or for general interest courses.
Applications for Study Permits must be made at a Canadian embassy or consulate before entering Canada. Residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland can obtain Study Permits from immigration officials as they enter Canada.
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Detailed information about applying for a Study Permit. Includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Canadian Government website.
Details on what kinds of documents you need to study in Ontario. A checklist explaining eligibility requirements, transcripts, proof of health, study permits and temporary resident visas and other requirements including what would be needed for any spouse or dependents. Also available in Chinese Simplified.
An online tool that can be used to determine eligibility for a student visa or Study Permit in Canada.
An online directory of Visa offices outside Canada, Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada offices in Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) list of temporary job categories that may not require a work permit.
A Citizenship and Immigration Canada online tool that will help you find information to on how to visit, study or live in Canada.
Federal immigration category for those individuals who have been in Canada temporarily (as a temporary foreign worker or as a student) and who wish to become permanent residents and immigrate to Canada. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available, as are explanatory videos for both temporary foreign workers and for students.
This program allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain work in Canada and gain valuable Canadian work experience. Criteria, requirements, and how to apply are addressed. Includes a video on the Canadian Experience Class immigration stream for students.
A FAQ with details on study permits and work permits for students. What is required to study in Canada, the process to obtain the required permits, and what are some study and immigration options available to students.