Study permit: While you study
While you’re studying in Canada as an international student, you must meet the conditions of your study permit and keep your profile information updated in your online account. If your study program is ending soon, you also need to know how long you can stay in Canada and what to do if you plan to stay longer.
On this page
- Updating your profile information
- Changing the conditions of your study permit
- How long your study permit is valid
- Staying in Canada after you graduate
Updating your profile information
If information in your profile changes, you must update it in your online account.
You may need to update your profile if you
- change schools
- need to update documents or your contact information
Before you change your school or program, you must meet all the conditions of your study permit. This means you must be
- enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI) and
- actively studying while you’re in Canada
You need to update your online account or contact us if you
- are a post-secondary student changing schools or
- have a co-op work permit and have changed post-secondary schools to another co-op program
Learn more about changing schools.
Updating your contact information or documents
You must keep the contact information on your study permit up to date. If your contact information changes, use our web form to update it.
If you plan to leave Canada while you’re studying, you’ll need a new immigration medical exam (IME) to return if
- you’re from a country that requires a valid IME to enter Canada and
- your IME has expired or will expire while you’re outside of Canada
Find out if you need an IME to return to Canada as an international student.
Changing the conditions of your study permit
If you want to change a condition on your study permit, you must apply.
Find more information about your study permit conditions.
How long your study permit is valid
A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days let you either
- prepare to leave Canada or
- apply to extend your stay
The amount of time you can stay in Canada after you’ve completed your studies depends on whether
- you’re taking prerequisite courses
- your study permit will expire before you finish your studies
- you’ll finish your studies before your study permit expires
If you’re taking prerequisite courses
If your school asks you to take courses before they accept you into the main program (you have conditional acceptance), your study permit will be valid for the length of those courses plus 1 year.
When you get accepted into the main program, you must apply to extend your stay as a student.
If your study permit will expire before you finish your studies
If your study permit will expire before you finish your courses, you must apply to extend your stay as a student.
If you don’t, you’ll need to stop studying and leave Canada.
If you’ll finish your studies before your study permit expires
If you finish your studies early, your study permit will stop being valid 90 days after you complete your studies, no matter what day is printed on the study permit.
Your studies are officially completed on the date your school first notifies you by any of the following:
- completion letter
- degree or diploma
You must provide proof of the date your school notifies you or the date you get your degree, diploma or certificate. If you don’t have proof, we’ll use the earliest issue date on the document. We may confirm this date with your school.
Staying in Canada after you graduate
You may be able to work temporarily or live permanently in Canada after you graduate.
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