Permits and Visas
Guide for Immigration Canada online application to Study Permit, Work Permits and Visa
Call centre number is also available on the back of your Study Permit, Work Permit or Visitor Record:
1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only).
A study permit is a document that is issued by the Canadian government. It allows you to:
- be in Canada;
- to study, and;
- to work on (and sometimes off) the campus where you are enrolled as a full-time student – see our “Working On or Off Campus Eligibility” section for details.
First (initial) Study Permits (applications processed outside Canada)
Study Permit Extension
Spousal Work Permit
The spouse or partner of an international student or worker is eligible for an open work permit to work in Canada. The application for the work permit can be submitted online.
Minor children who come to Canada as visitors, with a parent who holds a study or work permit, can attend pre-school, primary or secondary school without a study permit.
Express Entry presentation by IRCC staff in November 2019.
Visiting Other Countries
If you are going to study abroad in an institution or to work in a company in another country, you should first check with the destination institution or company to ask help on visa to that country. In most of the cases, the accepting institution or company would have dedicated office to help incoming international students (like you) or international employees. Otherwise, you should check that country’s visa office in Canada to get official information on related visa procedures.
Inviting Guests to Visit Canada
Inviting Family or Friends that Require Visas
If your family or friends wish to visit you in Canada for your Convocation or just for a vacation, they may need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) at their closest Canadian Consulate.
On the Canadian Consulate’s visiting visa instruction page, you will find a list of documents required from you (the inviter) and the visitor (the applicant).
In order to assist your family/friends with their TRV application, you should send them the following supporting documents:
1. Invitation letter written by you
Note: University does not provide invitation letter. Learn how to write an invitation letter
2. Photocopy of your study or work permit
4. Photocopy of your passport
All of the above are typically required by Canadian Consulates overseas from inviters. More detailed instructions may be available from local visa offices. It’s important that you check the local Canadian visa office website and follow the full instructions.