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 complete and you need to give biometrics, we’ll send you a letter that tells you so.

If it’s incomplete, we’ll return your application without processing it.

We may also ask you to:

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

You may also need to get a:

  • medical exam
    • A visa officer will send you instructions if you need one. This may add more than 3 months to the processing time of your application.
  • police certificate
    • This also applies to any family members who come to Canada with you and are 18 years of age and over.

Updating your application

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

If we approve your application

We will send you:

  • a letter of introduction to confirm. This letter isn’t your study permit. You need to show it to the immigration official when you arrive in Canada.
  • an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada:
    • if you are from a country where you need an eTA, the letter of introduction will include information about your eTA. Also, the eTA will be:
      • linked to your passport. It is important that you travel with the passport you used when you applied for your study permit.
      • valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
    • if you are from a country where you need a visitor visa, the visa will:
      • be in your passport. You must enter Canada before it expires.
      • show if you can enter Canada only once (a single-entry visa) or if you can enter Canada multiple times (a multiple-entry visa).

If we refuse your application

We will send you a letter explaining why. Reasons we may refuse it include if you didn’t:

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

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

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