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Obtaining a Study Permit

Obtaining a Study Permit

A Study Permit is required by all foreign nationals looking to pursue their education in Canada in a post-secondary level program that lasts more than six months. It is usually issued to be valid for upto 90 days after the completion of the study program. If the program gets completed before the planned completion date then the Study Permit stops being valid 90 days after the actual completion of the course but if the program gets extended then the student is required to apply again for an extension of the Study Permit.

Before one actually submits a Study Permit application with IRCC, there are some other pre requisites that an applicant must work on and complete in order for the study permit application to go through smoothly.  

Letter of Acceptance

A Letter of Acceptance is issued by a University/College once they accept a student into a course or a program. Such a letter is only accepted by an immigration officer if it has been issued by a Designated Learning Institute(DLI). Some of the items that should be included on a Letter of Acceptance include Details about the Student, Details about the Institute , DLI Number, Type of Course being pursued, Estimated duration of the course, Full-time or Part-time, Course fee, Expiry date for The Letter of Acceptance etc. When applying to enter Canada for English as a Second Language(ESL) or French as a Second Language(FSL) course which is a prerequisite for another program in Canada then the applicant might be issued a Conditional Letter of Acceptance and is acceptable for gaining the study permit.

Proof of Identity

A valid passport or travel document along with 2 passport size photos are generally enough as proofs of identity but in certain rare cases additional identification may be required .  

Proof of Financial Support

The applicant is required to prove that he/she is capable of supporting himself/herself along with any and all family members who accompany the primary study permit applicant. The following documents are acceptable proofs of fund for this purpose:

  • Proof of a Canadian bank account in applicant’s name, if funds have been transferred to Canada
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
  • Applicant’s bank statements for the preceding 4 months
  • Bank draft convertible to Canadian dollars
  • Fully paid tuition and housing fees with proof of payments
  • Support letter from the person or school funding the education
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada, if applicant has received a scholarship from a Canadian-funded educational program
  • Proof of a student or education loan from a bank
The list of Minimum funds required is updated by IRCC from time to time and can be accessed by clicking here.

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