Extend your study permit or restore your status: How to apply

Applying for a study permit from within Canada

If you’re applying for a study permit extension from within Canada, you do not need a provincial attestation letter.

Updates to financial requirements

We’ve updated our financial requirements for new study permit applications received on or after January 1, 2024.

If you’re applying for a study permit extension, the new financial requirements apply to you. However, we will assess whether you have enough money to continue to support yourself while you study in Canada.

If your school is no longer on the designated learning institution (DLI) list 

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You can either

  • keep studying until your current permit expires or
  • transfer to another DLI

If you want to extend your study permit, you’ll need to enroll at a school with DLI status.

If you plan to leave Canada either before or after you’ve applied for a study permit extension, you won’t be allowed to re-enter unless

  • you have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit and
  • you have a valid travel document

If you’ve deferred your enrolment

If you’ve deferred your enrolment and the DLI that issued your letter of acceptance is de-designated before you start studying, you cannot start studying at that school.

  • If you’re in Canada with a valid study permit, you’ll need to
    • apply to and be accepted at a new DLI
    • update the information about your learning institution in MyAccount
  • If your study permit has been approved but not issued yet
    • we’ll send you a request to provide a new letter of acceptance from a new DLI
    • you’ll need to update the information about your learning institution in MyAccount (if your study permit is approved)

Apply online to extend your study permit

Step 1: Make sure you have what you need

Post-secondary students

Your DLI will send you one of the following, depending on whether you’re a new or current student:

  • a letter of acceptance (LOA)
  • a letter of enrolment

When you apply for your study permit extension, you’ll need to upload the letter you get from your DLI in the LOA-specific space on your online application.

If your DLI doesn’t verify your letter by the deadline

We’ll return your application and refund your processing fee. Before you resubmit your application, contact your DLI to confirm that they’ll validate your LOA or letter of enrolment within the time frame.

To apply, you’ll need

  • a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents
  • a valid credit or debit card

Step 2: Read the instruction guide

Read the instruction guide before you complete your application. The guide explains how to complete each field on the form.

Venezuelan passport holders

You may need to complete extra steps when you fill out your application.

Step 3: Prepare your answers for the online tool

Before you can upload your forms, you must answer some questions. We use your answers to create a personalized document checklist for you.

Step 4: Know the fees you have to pay

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application.

We’ll ask you to pay your fees at the end of your application.

Step 5: Create your online account or sign in

Choose the right account

Use the IRCC secure account when you apply to extend your study permit.

Even if you applied for your initial study permit using another account, you must use the secure account when you apply to extend your study permit.

You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to

  • pay your fees
  • submit your application
  • check your status
Create an account or sign in

How applying online helps you

  • There are no courier fees and no mail delivery time—we get your application instantly.
  • Your application may be processed more quickly.
  • It helps you make sure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • You can quickly submit more documents online (if we ask you to).
  • You get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

Alternate application format

You must apply online to extend your study permit. However, you may be eligible for an exemption that allows you to apply on paper.

Find out if you’re eligible to apply on paper

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