How to Apply

The usual next step after being offered admission from a designated learning institution (DLI) is to apply for a study permit.

Usually, you will need a number of forms and supporting documents depending on your situation, the country which you are applying from as well as the decision to apply online or on paper.

Before submitting your application, It is advisable to check the average processing time for the country you are applying from as a guide to how much time you have before the commencement of your program term. Knowing your institution’s policy regarding deferral will also come in handy just in case you didn’t get a response from IRCC before the term starts, your school might not allow deferral, or your program of study is only available for a single intake, for instance, if your program is only available during Fall intake and your start date is Fall 2022, you might only be able to defer to Fall 2023. Always check with your institution’ students services to be in the clear.

All Canada’s immigration applications require documents, a study permit application is no exception.

You will need to create an account on the government application webpage, fill in the info asked or submit the forms and documents. If any of your personal info changes while your application is in process, you are to inform IRCC through a web form. IRCC may ask you for additional info or supporting documents, always check your email after submitting your application regularly as you don’t want to miss any message from IRCC.

Requirements to be eligible for Study Permit

If you’re 18 or older, you must qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler. If you’re younger than 18, you’re not required to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler, but your proposed study must be at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.

  1. Proof of enrollment at a DLI.
  2. Proof of Funds- you must provide a proof that you have enough funds to pay for tuition, living expenses and return transportation
  3. You must be law-abiding, have no criminal record, and get a police certificate (if required).
  4. You must be in good health and get a medical exam (if required), and
  5. You must prove to an officer that you will leave Canada once your study permit expires.
  6. You must provide all necessary documents to support your visa application.

You will need to use the “ArriveCAN” app to submit the necessary travel information needed to enter Canada, ensure to use the latest version of ArriveCAN. An officer will check to see if you are eligible to enter Canada when you get to the port of entry. The officer will print your study permission and hand it to you if there are no issues. Make sure you have with you all the necessary documentation to enter Canada.

Typically, your study permit is valid for the duration of your academic program. But your permit will only be valid until the date of your passport expiration if it does so before the completion of your academic program. In this case, after you acquire a new passport, you must apply to extend your study permit. Before you leave, ask the officer if there are any questions or if your study permit contains a mistake.

Required Level of Funds

The amount of funds you will be required to show as proof of funds depends on whether you are traveling alone or with family/dependants in which case the amount will depend on the number or size of your family. For instance, if you’re traveling with 2 family members, and to Saskatchewan or any other province (except 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).

= Total: $17,000 CAD.

Basically, the following should be enough funds for your stay in Canada per year and per month, depending on the number of persons. You should be aware that each amount does not include your tuition, it is strictly for living expenses.

  • 1 person below age 18 – CAN$6,569 per year
  • person aged 18 or older – CAN$13,134 per year
  • 2 people aged 18 or older – CAN$19,264 per year
  • 2 people aged 18 or older & 1 person below age 18 – CAN$21,579 per year

An adequate proof of funds is crucial to the success of your study permit application.