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Visa (Study Permit) Requirements

If you are not a permanent Canadian resident and want to study in Canada, you will need to apply for a study permit and may need other official documentation as well.

Letter of acceptance

A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) is required. Not all programs are eligible.

Proof of enough money

You will need to prove you have enough money to pay for tuition fees and living expenses.

Police certificate

You may be asked to provide a police certificate.

Medical examination

You may be required to have a medical examination.

Assurance to leave Canada

You must prove to the visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.

Permit required or not?

In some instances, you may not require a study permit. Find out if you are among the exceptions.

Learn about study permit

There are several steps to applying online or on paper for a study permit.

Application package

Select the country/territory from which you will be applying to get your local visa office instructions.

Study Permit Form

To apply for a study permit you can apply online or on paper. 

VISA application centres

These centres accept applications for study permits, work permits, visitor visas and travel documents for permanent residents.

After you apply

The visa office will review your application to make sure you have completed it correctly and have included all the required documents.