Study permit conditions

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Your study permit conditions

Changes to off-campus work hours

You may be eligible to work more than 20 hours per week off campus under a temporary public policy. Find out if you meet the requirements.

As a study permit holder, you need to meet a number of conditions. If you don’t meet these conditions, you may lose your student status and study permit. You may also have to leave Canada.

As a study permit holder, you must:

Other study permit conditions you may need to follow

You may have other conditions listed on your study permit. You must follow these conditions, which could include

If your school loses its DLI status

If your school loses its DLI status after you get your study permit, you can keep studying at that school until your permit expires.

If you want to extend your study permit, you’ll need to enrol at a school with DLI status.

If you’ve deferred your enrolment

If you’ve deferred your enrolment and the DLI that issued your letter of acceptance is de-designated before you start studying, you cannot start studying at that school.

What counts as an authorized leave from your studies?

There are a few cases where you may be able to take a leave of up to a maximum of 150 days from your program of studies and still be considered to be actively pursuing your studies.

You don’t need to tell us if you’re taking an authorized leave. However, if we ask for it, you must provide proof that your leave is

It counts as authorized leave if

You can’t work on or off campus during an authorized leave from your study program, even if your study permit says you’re allowed to work in Canada.

How to prove that you meet your conditions

We might ask you to prove you’re meeting your conditions:

We might ask you for:

If your classes were suspended or moved online because of COVID-19

To prove you didn’t violate your study permit conditions, you can get a letter from your DLI stating that you

What happens if you don’t meet your study permit conditions

If we find you haven’t met your study permit conditions, we may ask you to leave Canada. You might also have to wait 6 months before you can apply for a new study permit (or for a visitor visa or work permit in Canada).

The outcome of any future applications you submit could be impacted if you do either of the following:

People who are exempt from study permit conditions

If you meet all of your study permit conditions, you get to keep your study permit and status as a student. However, some study permit holders are exempt from certain conditions.

You don’t need to prove that you’re enrolled at a DLI or that you’re actively pursuing your studies if:

Even if you’re exempt from proving that you’re enrolled at a DLI or that you’re actively pursuing your studies, you still need to meet all the other conditions listed on your study permit. Make sure you know what these conditions are.

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