Study in Canada as an international student

Apply to study in Canada as an international student, extend your study permit and find out about working while you study or after you graduate.

You need a provincial attestation letter to apply for a study permit

As of 8:30 am ET on January 22, 2024, most students must include a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from the province or territory where they plan to study with their study permit application.

In most cases, if you apply without a PAL, your application will be returned with fees.

Learn more about the provincial attestation letter.

New eligibility requirements for open work permits

In the coming weeks, the eligibility requirements to get an open work permit as the spouse or common-law partner of an international student will change.

Learn more about changes for international students

Applying for a study permit extension on or after January 30, 2024

On January 30, 2024, a new version of the study permit extension application form (IMM5709) will be available. If you apply through the IRCC secure account on or after this date, you must use the new version of the form. We will not accept applications using the old version of the form.

Preparing and applying for a study permit

Find out if you need a study permit

Answer a few questions to learn whether you need a study permit to study in Canada

Choosing a school, college or university

The different kinds of schools, when to apply and other requirements

Get a study permit

Who can apply, how to apply, processing times and what to expect when you get to Canada

Get a study permit faster

If you’re a legal resident in certain countries, you may be eligible to get your study permit faster

Study in Canada as a minor child

Find out what is required for a minor child who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to study in Canada

Learn about student life in Canada

Tips on applying for scholarships, living in Canada as an international student and more

During your studies and after graduation

Extend your study permit or restore your status

How to renew your study permit or restore your status

Change schools or update your information

Learn how to update your profile or contact information and how long your study permit is valid

Traveling outside Canada and then re-entering

What you need to re-enter Canada as an international student

Work while studying

Who can work while they study, how much and where (on campus, off campus, co-op, and post-graduation)

Stay and work in Canada after you graduate

Get a work permit to stay in Canada after you graduate and how to apply for permanent residence

Get a visitor visa to return to Canada

How and when a study permit holder should apply

Expiring post-graduation work permit

If your post-graduation work permit is expiring before December 31, 2023, you might be eligible for an open work permit


Explore immigration programs

Answer a few questions to see different ways you might be able to come to Canada

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