To be eligible for a study permit, a student must first be accepted to a designated learning institution (DLI) and have a valid passport or travel document. In addition, some students may require a Temporary Resident Visa and/or an eTA depending on their country of residence or citizenship.
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Once you find the right program of study, have applied for and been accepted to a DLI, and paid your deposit to secure your seat in the program, the next step is to obtain a study permit.
The documents and proof needed to support your application are as follows:
Citizens of certain countries may require a TRV in order to travel to Canada, while others may require an eTA.
A TRV is an official document issued by an officer that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. An eTA is a paperless document that is electronically linked to your passport; it too, demonstrates that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident.
If you need a TRV or an eTA, you do not have to complete a separate application or pay additional fees. It will be issued by the officer at the same time as the documents you need for your entry to Canada as a student.
You need to extend your study permit at least 30 days before it expires. The expiry date is in the top right corner of your permit. You can’t extend your study permit beyond the expiry date on your passport. If you apply before your permit expires, you can stay in Canada under the same conditions as your current study permit until you get a decision. You should apply to extend your study permit if you plan to travel outside Canada and your permit will expire while you are travelling. If your study permit expires, and you haven’t applied for an extension, you must leave Canada.