To be eligible to study in Canada, you must have been accepted by a designated learning institution in Canada.
You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
- Tuition fees
- Living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and
- Return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada.
You may need to provide a police certificate.
You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.
Source: Government of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada website
Exceptions: Programs that are Six Months or Less
In some cases, you do not require a study permit to go to school in Canada.
You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less.
You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
You may work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit if:
You are a full-time student at:
- a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, or a collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec
- a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 per cent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify)
- a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees and you have a valid study permit.
As of June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to:
- work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and
- work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
To qualify, you must:
- have a valid study permit,
- be a full-time student,
- be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
- be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry.
A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length.
Applying for Permits or Visas
The government of Canada has made the decision to safeguard every visitor who comes to Canada by insisting that only a Registered, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, (RCIC), is licensed to represent immigrants or to give advice. These include:
- Citizenship or immigration consultants who are a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
- Lawyers or notaries who are a member of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec (see below).
- Paralegals (Ontario only) who are members of the Law Society of Upper Canada
Education Partners International works only with formally Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants, with the designation of RCIC and who are members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Education Partners International is not a regulated Canadian immigration consultant.
We do however, have relationships with reputable, registered Canadian Immigration Consultants and will proudly refer you.