CHANGES TO CANADA'S STUDY PERMIT REQUIREMENTS | 2019
Updated: May 6, 2020
A Canadian study permit allows foreign nationals to study at Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) in Canada. Some popular DLI’s in Durham Region include Ontario Tech University (formerly University of Ontario Institute of Technology/UOIT), Trent University, Durham College, and Fleming College. The study permit is typically valid for the length of the educational program plus an additional 90 days.
The 3-month period following completion of the program allows graduates a chance to apply to extend their stay in Canada. Many graduates choose to apply for the post-graduate work permit to begin gaining work experience and accrue time spent living in Canada to become eligible for Permanent Residency in the future.
UPDATED STUDY PERMIT APPLICATION INFORMATION
In April 2019, several changes were made to the study permit application instructions to provide further clarification for applicants.
WHERE APPLICANTS APPLY
Foreign nationals can submit an application online through an electronic application or in-person at a visa application centre.
Foreign nationals must have a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. If you choose to apply from within Canada, you must have these documents before arriving in the country.
APPLYING FROM WITHIN CANADA
Foreign nationals may apply for a study permit after entering Canada if they fall into one of these categories:
Foreign nationals and their family members who hold a valid study or work permit
foreign nationals who have obtained authorization to engage in studies in Canada without a study permit, pursuant to the subsection of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and whose application is made within the period starting 90 days before and ending 90 days after the expiry of the authorization
foreign nationals and their family members who are subject to an unenforceable removal order, including refugee claimants
foreign nationals and their family members who hold a TRP, pursuant to subsection A24(1), that is valid for at least 6 months
foreign nationals who are in a situation described in section R207
In-Canada permanent residence applicants and their family members who are determined eligible for permanent resident status as one of the following:
spouses or common-law partners
protected persons within the meaning of subsection A95(2)
people who have been granted an exemption pursuant to subsection A25(1)
people who are subject to humanitarian and compassionate considerations
Family members of participants in sports activities or events in Canada, either as individual participants or as members of a foreign-based team or Canadian amateur team
family members of:
designated members of the armed forces
officers of a foreign government
employees of a foreign news company
people responsible for assisting a congregation
STUDY PERMIT RENEWALS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISAS
The renewal of the study permit does not constitute an application for a TRV. In other words, TRV-requiring foreign nationals must apply separately for a TRV when they apply for a study permit renewal. They must also pay the appropriate fees for each application (i.e. study permit renewal fees and TRV fees).
Students who study in Canada must pay visiting student fees to the host institution. This applies to students who are enrolled at a foreign institution and who attend a Canadian institution for a period of time with the intent of transferring the credits back to their home institution.
Visiting students differ from exchange students, who participate in an exchange program where both institutions have a formal agreement.
Exchange students study in Canada under the same conditions as visiting students, however, they are not required to pay visiting student fees. The fee is covered in the exchange agreement between the student’s host institution and home institution.
Exchange students also don’t require a study permit, unless they stay in Canada for more than 6 months. Students in Canada on an exchange may only work off-campus if they hold a study permit.
TRANSITIONING FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY STUDIES OR FROM SECONDARY STUDIES TO POST-SECONDARY STUDIES
Students who wish to transition between primary school to secondary school or secondary school to post-secondary school no longer need to apply for a new study permit as long as their current study permit is still valid.
CHANGING POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS
Students attending a post-secondary institution in Canada may transfer between institutions (public and private) or change their course or program of study without applying for a change to the condition of their study permit as long as they are transferring to a DLI.
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.