Greetings, future scholars! As you embark on the adventure of a lifetime to study in Canada, we at Ansari Immigration are here to be your compass. We understand that the study permit process may feel like a mountain to climb, but with our guidance, you'll conquer it like a seasoned mountaineer. So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of your favourite beverage, and let's unlock the secrets to a successful study permit application!
Timing is Key: When Should You Apply for a Study Permit?
One of the most common questions we encounter from international students is, "When should I apply for my study permit?" Our advice? As soon as possible! Once you receive your letter of acceptance from the designated learning institution (DLI), you should start the application process without delay.
Keep in mind that the processing time varies among visa offices, and with the ongoing pandemic, the process might take longer than expected. So, the earlier you start, the better. Remember, getting your application in early gives you more time to prepare for your move and settle into your new home in Canada.
Costs Associated with the Study Permit
You might be wondering, "What does the application cost?" The fee for a study permit in Canada is $150 CAD. This does not include the time or potential costs associated with providing biometrics, which is an essential part of the application process.
Important Updates for International Students
With the 2022 academic year already in full swing, it's crucial for prospective students to stay updated about the latest developments related to study permits in Canada. Here are some critical points you should keep in mind:
Study Permit vs. Visa: What's the Difference?
Many students confuse the study permit with a visa. The study permit allows you to study and work in Canada, while a visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) lets you enter the country. If your study permit is approved, the government will issue a visa or an eTA alongside it.
The Application Process
The application for a study permit is done online. However, if you're unable to complete an electronic application due to disabilities or difficulties with online applications, you can submit the form on paper.
To apply, you'll need to provide:
Proof of acceptance from a DLI. Your DLI must have an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.
Proof of identity, such as a valid passport or travel document, along with two recent passport-sized photos.
Proof of financial support to show that you can support yourself and any accompanying family members during your studies
Fast-Track Your Application with the Student Direct Stream (SDS) Programme
For some international students, the SDS programme offers an expedited process for study permit applications. If you're a resident of countries such as India, China, Brazil, among others, you could have your application processed within 20 calendar days through the SDS programme.
Frequently Asked Questions About Study Permits
Do I need a permit to study in Canada?
You should apply for a study permit before coming to Canada. Only some people can apply for a study permit from within Canada. Before you apply, you must have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada.
How you can apply for a study permit depends on if you’re applying from outside Canada, inside Canada or at the port of entry. Find out what options are available for you.
Your study permit isn’t a travel document. Your permit lets you study in Canada, but you may also need a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. If we approve your study permit, we’ll also give you either a visitor visa or an eTA, depending on which document you need. This document will let you enter Canada.
I’m an international student in Canada. Can I work while studying?
You may be eligible to work in Canada while studying, if your study permit includes a condition that says you can work on or off campus. You must also meet all the other requirements. You can only start working in Canada when you start your study program. You can’t work before your studies begin.
As a foreign student, can I return home or travel outside Canada while studying?
Yes. However, your study permit is not a travel document. It doesn’t give you the right to travel to or enter Canada. Along with your permit, you may need:
a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) or
an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Depending on where you’re from, you may only need your passport. Make sure you know which document you need to travel to and enter Canada.
Having the travel document you need also doesn’t guarantee you’ll be allowed back into Canada. You still must show the border services officer that you meet all the requirements before we’ll let you re-enter.
If you need a visitor visa to enter Canada
Make sure the one you have will still be valid when you return to Canada. If it won’t be valid, you must apply to extend it before you leave Canada.
Read more about travelling while you are a student.
How do I apply for a study permit?
You should apply for a study permit before coming to Canada. Make sure you have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada before you apply.
You should apply online for a study permit, whether you’re outside of Canada or already in Canada. If you can’t apply online because of a disability or because there’s a problem with the online application, you can apply on paper.
I've applied to extend my study permit. Can I travel outside Canada and be able to return?
And there you have it, a comprehensive guide to securing your study permit in Canada. Remember, at Ansari Immigration, we're here to support you every step of the way.
If you have questions or need assistance with your application, don't hesitate to get in touch. Until then, happy planning, and we look forward to welcoming you to Canada soon!