GUIDE TO STUDY permits
Who Needs a Study Permit?
International students must obtain a study permit in order to pursue education as a full-time student in Canada if the course lasts for more than 6 months. Students can attend an educational program with a Visitor's visa without applying for a study permit if the program lasts for six months or less.
General Requirements for a Study Permit and Legal Test
Proof of Funds
Ties to Home Country
Maintaining Student Status in Canada
You may lose your student status or may have to leave Canada if you don’t meet the number of conditions as a study permit holder.
As a study permit holder, you must:
- be actively pursuing your studies, by being enrolled full-time or part-time during each academic semester (excluding regularly scheduled breaks)
- making progress towards completing your program’s courses
- Inform the immigration office any time you change post-secondary schools