In order to study in Canada as an international student you will need to apply for a ‘study permit’. This allows a foreign national to study in Canada for a limited time, generally at a specific Canadian educational institution and in a specific program.
Canada student visa is a combination of either a visitor visa and a study permit or an eTA and a study permit. The Canada study visa will only allow you to start your studies in Canada.
Most international students will require a Study Permit to study in Canada, however, there are some exceptions.
A Study Permit is not required in the following circumstances:
To qualify for a Canadian study permit, you need to:
You must have received an acceptance letter from the designated institution before you submit your application for a Canadian student visa.
Students are required to arrive in Canada with sufficient money to live and pay their bills while studying. However, in some cases, a student may be able to work in Canada during the course of study:
Your close family, so spouse, common-law partner, and dependent children can accompany you to Canada to be with you while you study. Your spouse or common-law partner can work anywhere in Canada with an Open Work Permit during your studies.
International students who have completed their studies and have gained a certain amount of work experience within Canada (via the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program – PGWPP), students may have more options to apply for Canadian permanent residency under: