👩‍🎓 Study Permit

Study in Canada as an international student
International student enrolments at Canadian public colleges and universities, 2017/2018

What happens after I send in my application?

IRCC will
  • review your application to make sure it’s complete
  • once you pay the biometrics fee, send you a letter that tells you how to give your biometrics (if applicable)
  • receive and review your biometrics after you gave them at a collection point (if applicable)
  • decide if you’re allowed to come to or stay in Canada (we could do a background check)
  • decide if you’re eligible to apply to work, study or visit Canada
  • tell you how to get a medical exam (if you need one)
  • decide if you need to go to an interview
  • tell you of the decision we make on your application
If you applied online, we’ll contact you through your account.
If you applied on paper, we’ll contact you using the information you gave us. Source
How can I check the status of my application? See this link

Top Reasons for Study Permit Refusals

  • Financial Insufficiency
  • Choice of Program
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Dual Intent
  • Intent of Return to Home Country
  • Insufficient Family Ties to the Home Country
  • Lack of Job Prospects in Home Country
  • Incomplete Travel or Identity Documents
  • Inadequate Travel History

Where to Find Reasons for Study Permit Refusals

Appealing against Study Permit Refusal

  • Request Reconsideration
  • Appeal to the Federal Court of Canada (see more info below
  • Submit a New Application

Apply for your Study Permit

Students may apply for their Study Permit via an online application portal or via paper application. You also have the option of using the services of an authorized third party application collection service, called a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If you are able, apply using the online application portal, as generally, online applications are processed more quickly than paper applications. Estimated processing times per country are available on the IRCC site.

Student Direct Stream

Depending on your country of citizenship AND country of residence, you may be eligible for the Student Direct Stream processing, which provides expedited processing, usually in 3-4 weeks. To learn more about the Student Direct Stream, please visit the IRCC website. To be eligible, applicants must meet specific requirements by providing documentation up front. Please check the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for more information and instructions.

Appeals to the Federal Court of Canada