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Studying in Canada is a popular choice for international students! With programs ranging from language studies, college level diplomas and certificates, University degrees, Masters or Doctorates, studying in Canada as a temporary resident offers a diverse education and network to kickstart and further develop your career. Explore the possibilities studying in Canada hold for you!
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Thinking of studying in Canada? There's a few things you need to know!

The high quality of education has made studying in Canada a popular choice for international students, but also because of some of the perks available to international students.

These benefits can include:

  1. the ability to work part-time while studying

  2. the possibility to obtain a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), gain Canadian work experience and extra points in an express entry profile (for valid programs of study)

  3. may receive additional points in express entry for studying in Canada (for valid programs of study)

If your program of study is less than six months long you do not require a study permit, as long as you have valid visitor status. However as most visitors enter with a six month valid period of stay, it may be beneficial to get a study permit to allow enough time to complete your studies.

How to get a Study Permit

Study Permit Application

Study permits fall under the temporary residence category, which means it is your responsibility to prove to the officer that you will not stay in Canada longer than your studies. This assessment is up to the officers discretion and simply meeting the requirements does not guarantee an approval. A study permit application requires detailed cooperation and correspondence between the client and consultant. It is important to address all relevant and helpful information to present the strongest submission possible.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • enrolment at a DLI (designated learning institution)

  • proof of enough money to cover your tuition fees, living and travel (to and from Canada) expenses for yourself and any family that will accompany you

  • proof you will leave Canada when your studies are complete

  • proof you meet criminality and health requirements

Once approved and in Canada as a student you must abide by the requirements set out in the study permit program. This includes:

  • make progress towards your program of study 

  • respect any conditions listed on your study permit

  • stop studying if you no longer meet the requirements

What's next?

Depending on your program of study you may be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. If this is part of your plan it's important to make sure you will be eligible before you start your studies. You can read more about obtaining a PGWP under work permits!


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