Study permit applications for Saudi Arabian nationals

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

Before making a decision on new applications for study permits and study permit extensions that include a scholarship from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the sole proof of funds for students (including dependents) who are not any of the following:

  • medical trainees, which includes physicians, dentists and nurses
  • graduate (master’s and Ph.D.) students in all academic disciplines
  • undergraduate scholarship students in the final year of their bachelor programs

officers must do both of the following:

  • request additional proof of funds from the applicant
  • allow 30 days for the applicant to provide the proof of funds

Additional proof provided

After 30 days, if additional proof of funds is provided by the applicant, officers must assess the application, taking into consideration the new proof of funds.

Additional proof not provided

If no additional proof of funds is provided, and the officer is not satisfied that the student will be able to pay for tuition, maintain themselves and accompanying family members during their stay and pay for any necessary transportation costs for themselves and their family members, officers must refuse the application under section 220 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

No scholarship included

Applications for study permits and study permit extensions from nationals of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that do not include a scholarship from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but include other proof of funds, are to be processed as usual as found under the instructions Study permits: Final decisions.

Important: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will not cancel or revoke valid study or work permits. As per subsection R222(1), these permits remain valid until their date of expiry if students wish to stay in, or re-enter Canada, even if their scholarship is taken away.

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