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

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)

How to apply to extend your study permit

In most cases, you must apply online to extend your study permit. You may be able to apply on paper if either

  • you have a disability that makes it impossible to apply online or
  • there’s a problem with the online application

How applying online helps you

  • No courier fees or 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.

A study permit is not a visa.

Find out what you need to re-enter Canada if you leave

Step 1: make sure you have what you need

To apply online, you’ll need

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

Step 2: read the instruction guide

Even if you apply online, you should 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.

COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirement for in-Canada temporary residence applicants

As a temporary measure, if you’re in Canada and applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada, you do not need to give your biometrics. Learn more about the exemption.

Step 5: create your online account or sign in

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

  • pay your fees
  • submit your application
  • check your status
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If you can’t apply online

You can submit a paper application if either:

  • you can’t apply online because of a disability
  • there’s a problem with the online application

What to do if you can’t apply online

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