What is a study permit?

The study permit is a document that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLI) in Canada.

While studying in Canada under a study permit you must:

  • always be enrolled at a DLI

  • make progress towards completing your program

  • respect any conditions listed on your study permit

  • stop studying if you no longer meet the requirements and

  • leave Canada when your permit expires


Depending on your case, there may be conditions on your study permit such as:

  • the level of studies you can attend

  • if you are allowed to work in Canada

  • if you can’t travel within Canada

  • the date you must stop studying

Before you apply

Before you apply for a study permit, you need:

  • an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

  • a valid passport or travel document


You also must:

  • prove that you have enough money to pay for your:

    • tuition fees

    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and

    • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada

  • be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.

  • be in good health. You may need to complete a medical exam.

  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies.

For more information, please go to https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html