A study permit is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which allows you to study and stay in Canada temporarily.
Who needs a study permit?
You must have a study permit if your courses or program of studies is longer than 6 months.
Who does not need a study permit?
You do not need a study permit if your program or course:
- will be 6 months or shorter, and
- will end before your initial immigration status expires/ends (such as work permit, visitor record, stamp in passport, etc).
If you hold a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), you may study in programs of up to 6 months as long as the program ends before your work permit expires.
Some students are also study permit exempt.
You might want to apply for a study permit (even if this is not required) if:
- you will study full time and would like to work on campus,
- you will study full time as an exchange student and would like to work on and/or off campus, OR
- you might extend your studies after your original course/program ends