You need to apply for a study permit

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

This means you may need to leave Canada for an interview or to complete other steps of your application.

Learn what you need to study in Canada.

A study permit isn’t a visa

If we approve your study permit application, we’ll also automatically give you either a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA), depending on your passport or travel document. This is what allows you to travel to and enter Canada. You also need it when re-entering the country.

If you’re applying to study in Quebec

You must also apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).

Apply for a study permit

Citizens of the United States (U.S.)

You don’t need a visitor visa or an eTA to enter Canada. However, you must carry proper identification and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada.

Permanent residents of the U.S.

If you’re entering Canada by air, you need an eTA. Otherwise, you don’t need a visitor visa or an eTA to enter Canada. Regardless of how you travel to Canada, carry valid proof of U.S. lawful permanent residence status, such as a valid green card.

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