Study permit

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.

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This processing time doesn’t include the time you need to give biometrics.


Study permit: $CAN 150

The study permit is a document we issue that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada. Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada. Make sure you have all the documents you need before you apply. You should apply before you travel to Canada.


Check if your representative is authorized

If you’re using an immigration agent (consultant, lawyer or Quebec notary), they must be licensed to represent you or give advice.

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