Tutorial: How to apply for an initial study permit

Step-by-step instructions, required documents, and other important information about applying for your study permit.

5. Get your study permit

If your application is approved, IRCC will email you a Letter of Introduction.

Print and present this letter to the border officer when you enter Canada. The border officer will then issue your study permit (a piece of paper).  

Do not book travel until you have received your Letter of Introduction, or book travel that can be changed or refunded. 

Note: Some visa offices may issue a note instead of a Letter of Introduction stating “The visa in your passport is all you need to travel to Canada. Migration officials in Canada are able to access the information in our system to issue your study or work permit upon arrival.”

Letter of Introduction (Sample) 
Letter of Introduction Sample

If your application is refused

Inform International Student Advising about your study permit refusal through our webform as soon as possible so we can help you resolve the issue. Make sure to upload a copy of your refusal letter and all documents submitted with your application.

Wondering if you need a visa to enter Canada?

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. If you do, IRCC will issue the TRV or eTA once your study permit is approved. 

You do not need to apply separately for either a TRV or eTA when applying for your initial study permit.

How to get your TRV 

Normally, IRCC will contact you to ask for your passport once your study permit is approved. You will then send your passport to your visa office or a Visa Application Centre (VAC) so they can attach your TRV (a sticker) on a page inside your passport.

How to get your eTA 

Once your study permit is approved, IRCC will automatically include your eTA number in your Letter of Introduction. No action is required by you. You can check your eTA status online.