Visas and Permits


Study in Canada

International students generally need to obtain a study permit in order to pursue an education in Canada (some exceptions apply). A student visa is usually issued for applicants from non-visa exempt countries upon application for a study authorization at the visa office outside of Canada.


To be eligible to apply for a study permit, a student needs:


  1. Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada
  2. Sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses
  3. Be in good health and have no criminal background
  4. Satisfy a visa officer that he/she will leave Canada upon expiry of a study permit

Work opportunities for international students:


  • Working on campus
  • Working part-time off-campus
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • Co-op and Internship Programs

A study permit authorizes an international student to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during studies and full-time (unlimited number of hours) during scheduled study breaks if a student is:


  • actively pursuing full-time studies at a designated learning institution
  • enrolled in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training (excluding English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL) program and pre-requisite courses to be accepted into a full-time program)
  • has a study permit that is at least 6 months long and leads to a degree, diploma or certificate

Minor children don’t need a study permit if:


  • they are in kindergarten
  • they are or their parents are refugees or refugee claimants or
  • they attend pre-school, primary or secondary school, and they are already in Canada with a parent who has a valid work or study permit

Whether you are only at the stage of considering studying in Canada or you are in the middle of your studies and you would like o change your school, whether you would like your spouse or partner to join you and be able to work or study in Canada as well, or you may be a recent graduate who needs to apply for a PGWP, contact us for assistance with:


  • Obtaining an initial study permit
  • Extension of your stay as a student
  • Change of terms and conditions on your study permit
  • Restoration of status in case your study permit expired or application for extension of status was refused
  • Work or study authorization for your spouse or common-law partner (Spousal Open Work Permit)
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • Applying for permanent residence
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