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Last Updated: Monday, March 11, 2013 3:58:01 PM ET
First (initial) Study Permits
A study permit is required for anyone that wants to study in Canada for 6 months or more.
If you will study in Canada for less than 6 months, you can do so as a visitor. If there is a chance that you will choose to study for more than 6 months, you should apply for a study permit before coming to Canada because applications for initial (first) study permits must be processed outside of Canada.
If you want to work on-campus, you must have a study permit, even if you plan to study for fewer than 6 months.
When should I apply for a study permit?
Consult the Canadian Visa Office serving your country or region of residence for a more detailed estimate on how long your application may take to be processed. You can find information about past processing times through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
How do I apply for a study permit?
Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to determine the appropriate application process for you. If you choose the paper application process you can access the application form, an application guide and further instructions on how to apply. If you choose to apply online, you will be required to answer a series of questions to determine your eligibility, and the supporting documents you will need to include.
If you are applying by mail/post, or in person, you must also consult the Canadian Visa Office serving your country or region of residence as each office may have it's own requirements. You may be asked to attend an interview, regardless of how you apply.
Note: If you submit a successful application for an initial (first) study permit outside of Canada and your citizenship requires you to have a Temporary Resident Visa, the visa will be issued with your letter of introduction. It is not necessary to submit a separate application, but you will need to include your passport with your application.
If you are already in Canada, and have a study permit from a different program of study, you can apply within Canada to extend your status.
Where should I apply for a study permit?
Those who have a work permit or a study permit from a different program of study and/or their partners or spouses are allowed to apply inside of Canada to change or extend their status. See below for further details.
What happens after my study permit application has been processed?
If your citizenship requires you to have a Temporary Resident Visa, you will automatically be issued one with your letter of introduction.
You should not travel to Canada until you have been issued the letter of introduction and Temporary Resident Visa (if required).
Extending Study Permits
Anyone that holds a valid study permit and is currently in Canada, can apply within Canada to extend their status.
I have a valid study permit from my high school studies in Canada, can I start at Queen's?
I have a valid study permit from studies at a university or college in Canada, can I start at Queen's?
If you hold an Off-Campus Work Permit that you got while studying at another Canadian college or university, you must log in to the MyCIC section of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website and transfer reporting responsibilities from your previous institution to Queen's. If you do not, you will be considered ineligible for the Off-Campus Work Permit and will be unable to apply for a new one after extending your study permit.
How do I extend my current study permit in Canada?
The application, a guide and a checklist of supporting documents are available through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
If you decide to apply online, you will find some initial instructions below.
When should I apply to extend my current study permit in Canada?
Citizenship and Immigration Canada publishes current processing times for temporary residency document applications (this includes study permits) through their processing centre.
How do I apply online to extend my study permit in Canada?
Temporary Resident Visas
A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is a visa that is required by citizens of some countries to come to Canada. The TRV must be valid on the date that you enter Canada but can expire any time after that.
If you successfully apply for a first (initial) study permit through a visa office outside of Canada, a TRV will automatically be issued.
If you already have a study permit but your TRV has expired or if you do not require a study permit (because you will study for no more than 6 months) please visit our Canadian Visas and Permits page for more information.
If you have further questions, after reviewing the information above, advising is available (without an appointment) from the International Student Advisors at the Queen's University International Centre from Monday to Friday between 1:00pm and 4:30pm.