Study permit: How to apply

Immediate restrictions for travellers arriving from Southern Africa region

Canadians citizens, those registered under the Indian Act, and permanent residents, who have been in the Southern Africa region within the previous 14 days, including South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia:

  • must follow new pre-entry testing before continuing their journey to Canada, and post-arrival requirements

Foreign nationals who have been in these countries within the period of 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.

News release

Changes to border measures coming soon

Upcoming changes to border measures include

  • rules for re-entering Canada, if leaving for 72 hours or less
  • who is considered fully vaccinated
  • rules for travelling within Canada
  • who can enter Canada as an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveller

Learn more about the new measures.

Generally, you must apply for a study permit before you come to Canada. Some people can apply for a study permit from within Canada. In some cases, you can apply when you arrive in Canada at the port of entry. Make sure you understand which option is available to you.

Get your documents ready

When you apply, you should submit

If you plan to study in Quebec, you must provide a valid certificat d'acceptation du Québec or proof that you applied for one.

Apply online

If you’re applying for a study permit, you should apply online, whether you’re outside of Canada or already in Canada.

If you can’t apply online because of a disability or because there’s a problem with the online application, you can apply on paper.

Venezuelan passport holders

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

Get specific instructions on how to apply

Answer a few questions to get the next steps for your situation.

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Apply online from outside Canada

Get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream

If you’re a legal resident in certain countries, you may be able to get your study permit faster by applying online through the Student Direct Stream.

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 will explain how to complete each field on the form.

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 and
  • biometrics

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

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

You won’t pay these fees in your online account. You’ll pay them directly to the third party.

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you should pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

Step 5: Create your online account or sign in

Try our new online application

We’re testing a new online study permit application. It’s now available for some applicants.

Use our new application to apply

If you need an eTA or visa

If you need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or visa, we’ll issue it automatically at the same time as your study permit. You don’t need to apply separately or pay another fee.

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

Apply on paper from outside Canada

Get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream

If you’re a legal resident in certain countries, you may be able to get your study permit faster by applying online through the Student Direct Stream.

Step 1: Get the application package

The application package includes an instruction guide and all the forms you need.

Read the guide carefully before you complete your application. We won’t refund your application fee, so make sure you’re eligible for a study permit before you apply.

Get the application package.

Step 2: Complete your application and attach your documents

Make sure you include all the documents we ask for. Your application may be delayed if information or documents are missing. The document checklist in the application package lists all the documents to include.

Answer all questions carefully, completely and truthfully.

Step 3: Pay your application fees

If you need an eTA or visa

If you need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or visa, we’ll issue it automatically at the same time as your study permit. You don’t need to apply separately or pay another fee.

In most cases, your fees will include:

  • processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application
  • biometrics

You’ll need to pay your fees before you submit your application. Our instruction guide (opens in a new tab) can help you understand which fees apply to you.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

If you need to use any of these services, you’ll pay these fees directly to the third party.

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you should pay a biometrics fee when you pay your application fees. If you don’t, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

Submit your application

Select the country/territory you will be applying from to find out where to submit your application. You can choose your country of nationality or the country/territory where you have been legally admitted:

Apply online from inside Canada

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 will explain how to complete each field on the form.

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
Create an account or sign in

If you can’t apply online

You can submit a paper application if either:

What to do if you can’t apply online

You need to apply as though you’re outside Canada

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.

Even though you’re physically in Canada, you must follow the instructions for applying for a study permit from outside Canada.

In our online tools, choose your country of citizenship when you’re asked for your current country or territory of residence. This is to make sure you get the correct application forms.

When you fill out the PDF forms, your answers must be accurate, since they’re now part of your application. If you’re in Canada, use your Canadian address.

How to apply for a study permit

Scroll back up this page and select “Outside Canada” to find out how to apply.

Apply to restore your status as a student

If you want to continue studying in Canada, but your study permit has expired, you need to restore your status as a student and apply for a new study permit.

On the application form, select both

  • an initial study permit or extension of study permit and
  • restoration of temporary resident status as a student

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.

Find out if you’re eligible and how to restore your student status.

Apply at a port of entry

Before you come to Canada

Before you apply for a study permit at a port of entry:

If you’re a lawful permanent resident of the United States, and you want to apply at an airport, you must get an electronic travel authorization before you board your flight to Canada.

When you arrive at the port of entry

Tell the officer that you want a study permit. The officer will check

  • your passport or other travel document
  • that you meet the eligibility requirements and
  • that your medical certificate is valid, if you need one

If you’re eligible for a study permit, the officer will issue one to you. If you’re not eligible, the officer will refuse your study permit. If your permit is refused, you may still be able to enter Canada as a visitor.

You can’t apply at a port of entry

You can’t apply for a study permit at a port of entry. You need to apply from outside Canada.

Select “Outside Canada” to find out how you can apply for a study permit.

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