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You need these documents to apply for a study permit:
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, IRCC will only issue your study Visa for the length of those courses (program) 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.
Recommended supporting documents to process study visa application
Letter of explanation
This letter helps the visa officer to understand you and your goals. It explains
You should include this letter if you decide to apply for a study visa or permit, even if you don’t have to get a study permit for your program.
Proof of available funds to support your stay and study in Canada
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
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)||CAN$10,000||CAN$833|
|First family member||CAN$4,000||CAN$333|
|Every additional accompanying family member||CAN$3,000||CAN$255|
If you and 2 family members want to come to a province outside Quebec for a year, you will need
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How to apply
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.
How applying online helps you
Step 1: Make sure you have what you need
To apply online, you’ll need:
Step 2: Read the instruction guide
Even if you apply online, you should read the instruction guide before you complete your application. The guide will explain how to complete each field on the form.
Step 3: Prepare your application for the online submission
Before you can upload your forms, you must and the Visa Officer some questions. The tool uses your information and create a personalized document checklist for you.
Step 4: Know the fees you have to pay
In most cases, your fees will include:
The Visa Office ’ll ask you to pay your fees at the end of your application.
In most cases, you should pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.
Step 5: Create your online account or sign in
If you need an eTA or visa
If you need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or visa, the Visa Office ’ll issue it automatically at the same time as your study permit. You don’t need to apply separately or pay another fee.
You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to:
After you apply
1. You need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)
In most cases, you need to give biometrics. After you pay the biometrics fee and submit your application, the Visa Office ’ll send you a letter that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics in person.
If you didn’t pay the biometrics fee, the Visa Office ’ll send you a letter asking you to do this first. You’ll only get the instruction letter if you pay the biometrics fee.
2. Visa office will process your study visa application
IRCC will check your application to make sure you have all the necessary documents. If it’s incomplete, they may return your application without processing it.
The Visa Office may also ask you to:
You may also need to get a:
Updating your application
If you move or change your address, telephone number or any other contact information after you apply, you must update your application.
If the Visa Office approves your application
The Visa Office will send you a letter of introduction. This letter is not your study permit. You need to show it to an officer when you arrive in Canada. The Visa Office ’ll also send you an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada.
If you’re from a country where you need an eTA, the letter of introduction will include information about your eTA. Your eTA will be linked to your passport and valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You must travel with the passport you used when you applied for your study permit.
If you’re from a country where you need a visitor visa, the visa will be in your passport. It’ll show if you can enter Canada once or multiple times. You must enter Canada before your visa expires.
If the Visa Office refuse your application
The Visa Office ’ll send you a letter explaining why.
The Visa Office may refuse your application if you didn’t:
If you have questions about why you the Visa Office re refused, contact the visa office that sent you the refusal letter.