To come to study in Canada Generally, you must apply for a study permit before you come to Canada. Some people can apply for a study permit from within Canada. In some cases, you can apply when you arrive in Canada at the port of entry. Make sure you understand which option is available to you.
When you apply, you should submit
•a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) you’ll be attending ◦if you’re coming from outside Canada to study as an international student, your letter of acceptance will have to be for a DLI with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan
•as many of the documents needed for a complete application as possible ◦We won’t be able to finalize your study permit until you’ve submitted a complete application.
◦Waiting to submit documents will cause delays in processing.
•a letter of explanation for any documents that are missing due to COVID-19
If you plan to study in Quebec, you must provide a valid certificat d’acceptation du Québec or proof that you applied for one.
If you’re applying for a study permit, you should apply online, 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.
Designated learning institution (DLI)
Para solicitar un permiso de estudio, necesita una carta de aceptación de una institución de aprendizaje designada. Una institución de aprendizaje designada es una escuela aprobada por un gobierno provincial o territorial para recibir estudiantes internacionales.
Todas las escuelas primarias y secundarias de Canadá están designadas como instituciones de aprendizaje. No están incluidos en esta lista.
Si planea asistir a una escuela postsecundaria, asegúrese de que esté en esta lista.
Si la escuela en la que está estudiando pierde su estado de institución de aprendizaje designada después de obtener su permiso de estudio, puede:
•siga estudiando su programa hasta que expire su permiso actual,
•pero solo renueve su permiso de estudio si se inscribe en una institución de aprendizaje designada.
Permiso de trabajo de posgrado
Necesita saber si es elegible para trabajar después de graduarse. No todas las instituciones de aprendizaje designadas lo hacen elegible para el Programa de permisos de trabajo de posgrado.
Además de graduarse de una institución de aprendizaje designada elegible, debe cumplir con todos los demás criterios para obtener un permiso de trabajo posterior a la graduación
Documents needed for a complete application
You need these documents to apply for a study permit:
•proof of acceptance
•proof of identity, and
•proof of financial support
You may also need
•a letter of explanation
•a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ)
•a custodian declaration (minors only), or
•other documents◦If we request documents from you for an application in progress
Proof of acceptance
Your school must send you a letter of acceptance. Include the original or electronic copy of your letter with your study permit application.
Conditional acceptance and prerequisite courses
If you’ve been conditionally accepted, this means you need to take prerequisite courses. For example, these might be English as a second language or French as a second language courses. You must complete these before you can start your main study program.
If this is the case, we’ll only issue your study permit for the length of those courses plus 1 year. Once you’re accepted into your main program, you’ll need to apply for a new student permit to extend your stay as a student.
If you’re the family member of someone who has a study permit or work permit application that’s been approved in writing before you come to Canada, you don’t need a letter of acceptance.
Proof of identity
When applying for your study permit, you and each family member who comes with you to Canada must have
•a valid passport or travel documents
•Online applicants: Upload a copy of the information page of your passport when you apply online.
◦◾If you’re approved, you must then send us your original passport.
◦Citizens of the United States have some options on the identification documents they can carry.
•two recent passport-size photos ◦The name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo.
Proof of financial support
You must prove that you can support yourself, and the family members who come with you, while you are in Canada.
You can prove your funds with:
•proof of a Canadian bank account in your name, if you’ve transferred money to Canada
•Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
•proof of a student or education loan from a bank
•your bank statements for the past 4 months
•a bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
•proof you paid tuition and housing fees
•a letter from the person or school giving you money, or
•proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program
Minimum funds needed to support yourself as a student (and family members who come with you):
Persons coming to Canada
Amount of funds required per year (doesn’t include tuition)
Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student)
First family member
Every additional accompanying family member
If you and 2 family members want to come to a province (other than Quebec) for a year, you will need
•living expenses: $10,000 (for the student)
•living expenses: $4,000 (for the first family member)
•living expenses: $3,000 (for the second family member)