Study permit – R213 and R300(1)

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Processing and collection of fee (before February 6, 2014): $125 per individual

Processing and collection of fee (on or after February 6, 2014): $150 per individual

Processing and collection of fee guidelines resulting from the fee changes (effective February 6, 2014)

Fee exemptions
Please refer to the Coding Handbook.

A completed Application for a Study Permit [IMM 1294B (PDF, 462.79KB)] together with the appropriate fee will initiate processing. Unless the client is fee-exempt, fees shall be collected each time a request for a study permit is submitted abroad, at a port of entry or inland. If the client is fee-exempt, the appropriate fee-exemption code will be entered on the application and into the appropriate processing system.

Inland offices

At inland offices, out-of-status clients will not be charged a fee until the Immigration Manager authorizes a temporary resident permit or the processing of the client toward restoration of temporary resident status. In those cases, the student is required to pay the applicable fee for the processing of a temporary resident permit or for the restoration of temporary resident status in addition to that for the study permit. A receipt will be provided to the applicant. The officer must ensure that payment has been made prior to initiating the processing of the application. Indication that payment has been made or that a fee exemption has been applied will be made by coding the appropriate box on the IMM 1208B or IMM 1442B.

Ports of entry

Student with study permit from visa office abroad

In the case of students appearing at a port of entry with a letter from the visa office indicating that a study permit has been authorized at that visa office, officers will check in FOSS that the information is complete, and if there are any questions, they will contact the issuing office abroad.

Student with no study permit

Since no formal written application is submitted at ports of entry, fees will be collected once the decision is made to proceed with the issuance of the IMM 1208 or IMM 1442.

When it is determined at examination that the person seeking admission requires a study permit, the officer shall ensure that the fee is collected from the client before issuing IMM 1208 or IMM 1442, unless the client is fee-exempt.

Temporary inability or refusal to pay

When a client is unable to pay the fee immediately, an examining officer will, where practicable and applicable:

  • counsel the individual to withdraw their application and leave Canada or declare the applicant inadmissible and produce a report pursuant to A44(1)
  • defer the application, pursuant to A23, by releasing the applicant subject to “Conditions” that must be imposed pursuant to R43, i.e., that they report at a later date for continuation of the examination. If the examination is to be continued at another Immigration office, the port of entry will advise that office as soon as possible of the details. The examination can be concluded once the fee is paid. A note to this effect should be placed on the applicant’s file.

Where the client refuses to pay the required fee, they will be referred to a Senior Immigration Examining Officer (SIEO) and normal enforcement action will apply.

Temporary resident permit cases - R298

Applicants for permanent residence (in Canada or early admission) with study permit

Applicants for permanent residence and their family members are charged for their initial application for permanent residence as well as the Study Permit processing fee. The IMM 1208 or IMM 1442 must be coded to indicate fee payment.

In the case of certain sponsored students, where it is more practical for an organization to pay the required fee, the payment of the fee will be made in accordance with the established agreement between CIC/DFATD, and the third party involved.

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