Study permit: After you apply

2. We process your study permit application

We’ll check your application to make sure you have all the necessary documents. If it’s incomplete, we may return your application without processing it, or request the missing documents.

We may also ask you to:

  • go to an interview with our officials in your country, or
  • send us more information

You may also need to get a:

Missing documents

If you weren’t able to submit all the required documents with your application, you can submit the missing documents through your online account or our web form.

We won’t process your study permit until you’ve submitted a complete application. Waiting to submit documents will cause delays in processing.

Updating your application

If you move or change your address, telephone number or any other contact information after you apply, you must update your application.

If we approve your application

You’ll get your study permit

  • at the port of entry when you arrive in Canada or
  • mailed to you, if you’re already in Canada

If you applied for your study permit from outside Canada

We’ll send you a port of entry letter of introduction that says you’re allowed to study in Canada. This letter is not your study permit.

You need to bring this letter with you and show it to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada. We’ll also send you an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada.

If you’re from a country where you need an eTA, the letter of introduction will include information about your eTA. Your eTA will be linked to your passport and is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. It’s important that you travel with the passport you used when you applied for your study permit.

If you’re from a country where you need a visitor visa, the visa will be in your passport. It’ll show if you can enter Canada once or multiple times. You must enter Canada before your visa expires.

Before you come to Canada

Once your study permit is approved, you’ll need to make sure you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time. You can do this by

If you applied for your study permit from inside Canada

If you were eligible to apply from inside Canada

We’ll mail your study permit to the Canadian address you included in your application.

If you followed the instructions to apply for a study permit from outside Canada

In this case, you filled out the form called Application for Study Permit Made Outside of Canada [IMM 1294]. If your application is approved, you’ll get an approval letter that says you’re allowed to study in Canada. This letter is called the port of entry letter of introduction.

Once you have this letter, you must leave and ask to get your study permit on return to Canada.

Co-op work permits

If you applied for a co-op work permit as part of your study permit application and you only received your study permit, follow the instructions for how to apply as a co-op student or intern.

If we refuse your application

We’ll send you a letter explaining why.

We may refuse your application if you didn’t

  • show proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Canada
  • pass your medical exam, if you needed to get one
  • convince the visa officer that your main purpose in Canada is to study or
  • convince the visa officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your study period

If you have questions about why you were refused, contact the visa office that sent you the refusal letter.

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