Get a study permit if you’re in Canada: If you can’t apply online

Most people have to apply online to get their study permit if they’re in Canada. However, there are some people who may not be able to apply online.

You can get a paper application if you can’t apply online because of a disability or if there is a problem with the online application.

Apply on paper for your study permit

Follow the steps below to apply on paper for your study permit.

Step 1: Get the application package

This package includes the application guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

Read the guide before you fill out the application form:

Tips for downloading and completing the forms

  • You can fill it out and save it using a computer.
  • You’ll need Adobe Reader 10 or higher.
  • You must also turn JavaScript on.
  • Filling out the form on a computer is easier than filling it out by hand.
  • Having trouble downloading the form? See, “How do I download and open a PDF form?

Step 2: Prepare your application package

Make sure you submit all the pages of the form.

  1. Click the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form.
    • This makes sure that you answered all the questions in the form and will help you avoid processing delays.
  2. A new page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be added at the end of your form.
  3. Print, sign and date the form.
    • Print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper.
    • Use a laser printer.
  4. Place the barcode page at the top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.

Find out more about the barcode form.

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.

Step 3: Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application.

You’ll need to pay your fees online. Our instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you and show you how to pay them.

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 4: Submit your application

Submit your completed application to the address given in the application package. Make sure you include the fee receipt and all the necessary documents.

Alternate formats

If you can’t apply online or use the forms above because of a disability, you can ask for other formats including large print and braille. Contact the Client Support Centre (in Canada only) or submit a Web form for other formats.

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