Program delivery update: Study permits: Making an application
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
April 11, 2019
The study permit application instructions have been updated to provide clarification. The updates are as follows:
- The “Where applicants apply” section has been updated to remove the reference to mailing a study permit application to an IRCC office abroad and to include information regarding
- electronic travel authorizations (eTAs)
- temporary resident visas (TRVs)
- The “Applying from overseas” section has been updated to
- clarify study permit lengths for students participating in prerequisite English as a second language (ESL) or French as a second language (FSL) programs
- provide information on assessing bona fides and available funds
- provide information on accepting applications for study permits, even when the duration of the program of study is 6 monthsor less
- A section explaining TRV eligibility and length for TRV-required foreign nationals has been added.
- Clarification has been made regarding applicants who have made an application for a study permit that has been approved abroad but who did not obtain their study permit at a port of entry (POE) on arrival.
- Specific roles for verifying an applicant’s status and eligibility have been clarified for the
- Call Centre
- Operational Support Centre (OSC)
- IRCC office abroad
- Case Processing Centre in Edmonton (CPC-E)
- The “Visitors in Canada” section has been updated to provide clarification on where an application is to be submitted and which documents to submit when a foreign national within Canada is
- studying at the preschool, primary or secondary level
- visiting or on exchange at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada
- Clarification has been made regarding where exchange students are eligible to work.
- Clarification has been made regarding when foreign nationals on a visitor visa who apply for a study permit from within Canada may begin and end their studies.
- The “Prerequisite course or program of study in Canada before the main program of study” at a DLI section has been updated to clarify
- the documents and information that visitors in Canada who wish to study must provide
- who is not eligible to apply from within Canada
- where students taking a prerequisite program may work
- The instructions for transitioning from primary to secondary or from secondary to post-secondary studies have been updated to indicate these students no longer require a new study permit, provided their current study permit is still valid.
- A new section has been added to address dual-credit programs.
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