Study permit: COVID-19 program delivery

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

Important: The 2-stage assessment process for initial study permit applications expired on September 15, 2020.

These instructions provide guidance for issuing study permits during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Due to the closures and limited operations of some visa application centres (VAC) and United States Application Support Centers and limited access to IRCC and Service Canada offices, study permit applicants may be unable to

Note: Temporary residents who are in Canada and who would normally be required to provide biometrics will be temporarily exempted from the requirement to provide biometrics.

Learn more: COVID-19 update: New public policy on biometrics collection exemption for temporary residence applicants from within Canada in effect until further notice.

IRCC officers will continue to request additional supporting documents or necessary actions (such as biometrics, medical examinations, police certificates and updated passports) as part of the application process and will keep applications open until documents are received or evidence is provided that action has been taken. Please see more information in the processing section below.

Note: Migration offices overseas and processing centres in Canada are currently working with reduced capacity, which will increase processing times. At this time, there are no special measures in place to provide for expedited processing of study permit applications.

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