Canada is an excellent place to study, with top-regarded schools such as the University of Toronto, McGill, and others. Each year, students from around the world travel to study at the undergraduate or graduate level in the country’s schools. If you want to be one of them, you will need to qualify and apply for a study permit.
Qualifying to Study in Canada
To study in Canada, you must first get an acceptance from a recognized institution of learning (called a designated learning institution). Unless your program of study is less than six months, you will need a study permit. To apply for a study permit you must:
- Show you are law-abiding and have no criminal record
- Prove you have enough money for your studies and your time in Canada
- Have a travel document or passport to enter the country
- Prove you will return to your home country after studying in Canada
- Be able to pass a medical exam
- Qualify to enter Canada
You will have to apply for a study permit before leaving your home country. You may not need a study permit if you are the child of foreign representatives, are serving in the Canadian armed forces, or meet other requirements.
Applying for a Study Permit
To apply for a study permit, you will need to apply for a study permit online while you are still in your home country. If you are already in Canada and want to apply for a study permit, you will need to complete and submit Form IMM 5709 (Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Student).
How Much Will it Cost?
As part of your application for a study permit, you will need to submit the application fee. The current fee is $150 in Canadian dollars. Restoring your status as a student if your permit has lapsed will cost $200 and you will still need to pay the $150 to apply for a new study permit.
Make sure you do not pay more than once by getting your study permit application right the first time. Immigration Direct can help. We have kits for study work permits and other visas, containing everything you need to apply in one place, as well as clear instructions you can follow. We also have a free-to-use Knowledge Base with immigration information and a free blog you can read to get an edge when it’s time to submit your application.