What is a Canadian study permit?
A study permit is an immigration status document. A study permit holder can attend a school in Canada.
Generally speaking, a school in Canada falls under one of the following categories:
Primary (Grades 1 - 6),
Secondary (Grades 7 - 12),
Post-secondary (such as universities and colleges), and
Vocational School and Apprenticeship.
Further, a school can be either public or private.
Choose your school wisely
Firstly, not every school in Canada can host international students. Therefore, choosing which school to attend is the first important step.
In Canada, schools that can host international students are called Designated Learning Institutions (DLI).
Further, all primary and secondary schools, both public and private, in Canada are DLIs. However, only public and some private post-secondary schools are DLIs.
You can search colleges and universities that are DLIs on the IRCC website .
Study English or French in Canada
Canada has two official languages: English and French.
Canadian schools usually require a certain level of English or French proficiency before accepting students if their first language is neither English nor French.
If international students can’t present a required language proficiency, as an alternative, they may need to attend a language school as a precondition of the school offer.
Do I need a study permit?
The answer is not always yes. In fact, many people can study in Canada without a study permit. For example,
The length of the study is less than 6 months,
The study is online or distance learning,
Minor children whose parents are temporary residents in Canada, and
Foreign government representatives and armed force members.
In other words, if none of the above situations applies to you, you will likely need a study permit.
We can also help you determine whether you need a study permit.
Am I eligible?
Generally speaking, a study permit application requires at least:
A letter of Admission from a DLI,
Proof of money that covers tuition and all other expenses,
A police clearance certificate,
A medical examination, and
Showing that you will leave Canada after your study.
Further, subject to your country of residence, you may need to provide additional documents.
We can also help you to determine your eligibility.
A common refusal reason: dual intent
Dual intent refers to the desire of becoming a permanent resident when you apply for a study permit. In fact, It is not uncommon that people have dual intent.
Having dual intent does not lead to a negative decision unless your intent to study in Canada is not genuine, and you show that you will not leave Canada after your study.
When you present dual intent, you shall address it carefully. If you retain us, we will also help you to address this issue.
Where you may apply for a study permit
You may apply for a study permit either in or outside Canada. However, if you want to apply in Canada, you must first have a valid work permit, study permit, or be authorized to work without a permit.
In other words, if you are a visitor or don’t have status, you can't apply for a study permit in Canada.
However, there is one exception. If you study English or French in Canada as a precondition of the school offer on a visitor visa, you can apply for a study permit in Canada.
Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
A PGWP is available for international students who have graduated from an eligible Canadian university or college.
A PGWP is an open work permit and valid for up to 3 years.
Canadian study permit and LGBTQ immigration
Many LGBTQ people wish to apply for a study permit and eventually get permanent residency.
This is definitely a practical pathway. In fact, Canadian education will be helpful for their permanent residency applications.
Further, some of you may already be eligible for permanent residency even without Canadian work experience or education.
You may also find other pathways to a work permit on our Service Page.
Book a consultation today, we can help you with your questions.
What we do
Firstly, we help LGBTQ people to get a Canadian study permit, and we create a safe and friendly place for people with immigration needs.
Then, we personalize our services for you, which may include any of the following:
Help you to determine your eligibility,
If you are not currently eligible, we help you to meet the eligibility,
Identify potential inadmissibility issues and properly address them before you apply,
Assist you in collecting or preserving the supporting documents,
Provide other advice and instructions as needed that could be critical to a successful application, and
Complete, prepare, organize, and submit your application on your behalf.
Book an initial assessment today or contact us directly.