Studying in Canada is a dream for many students. A lot of students from all around the world enrol for different study programs at Canadian educational institutions each year. Canada is one of the renowned destinations chosen by international students for studies.
Not all educational programs require a study permit. The need for a study permit depends on the duration and level of the program you have been accepted into. Any academic, professional, vocational or other education or training that is more than 6 months in duration at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada requires a study permit. A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days let you prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay.
Kindly note that approval of a Canadian study permit is always at the discretion of the visa officer.
Your study permit is not a visa.It doesn’t let you enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). If your study permit is approved, you will be issued visitor visa as well.
What is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)?
A designated learning institution (DLI) is any school that is allowed to admit international students.
All primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLIs and can admit students from foreign countries.
Not all post-secondary schools are DLIs, so you must check the Canadian government’s list of DLIs before applying.
When applying for a Canadian study permit, you will be required to submit certain supporting documents as part of your application:
You may also need:
Government fees : CAN$150.
Biometrics : CAN$85. You may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) with your application.
Processing times : Depending on where you live, you may be able to get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) in 20days. If you are from a country other than the ones listed in SDS processing time might takes approximately 8 weeks.