Get a study permit through the Student Direct Stream

We’re moving to online applications only

As of April 30, 2019, you can only apply online to get a study permit through the Student Direct Stream. We’ll no longer accept paper applications.

Some international students can get their study permits faster by using the Student Direct Stream.

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re a legal resident in:

  • China
  • India
  • the Philippines, or
  • Vietnam

If you live in another country (even if you’re a citizen of one of the countries above), you have to apply through the regular study permit application process.

Documents you need for your application

You must include these documents with your application:

Apply for the Student Direct Stream

Select the country or territory you’re applying from:

  • China
  • India
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam

After you apply

If your application is complete, we can start reviewing it right away.

If your application meets the regular study permit criteria but not the Student Direct Stream criteria, we’ll review your application as a regular study permit but you won’t get faster processing.

Find out how long it’ll take to process a regular study permit application.

If we approve your application

We’ll send you:

  • a letter of introduction
    • You need to show this letter to the immigration official when you arrive in Canada. It is not your study permit.
  • a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada
    • The visa will be in your passport. You must enter Canada before it expires.

Your study permit is valid until the end of your school program.

If we refuse your application

We’ll send you a letter explaining why you were refused. If you have questions about why you were refused, contact the visa office that sent the refusal letter.

Updating your application

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

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