To study in Canada legally, you will need a study permit, and/or a temporary resident visa, though not everyone must have these documents. A study permit is also referred to as a “student visa”. Please keep in mind that a study permit is not a travel document and does not authorize entry into Canada.
If you will be applying for:
- an initial study permit to come to Canada to begin your studies, you may do so at the Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission nearest to where you live, as soon as possible.
- an extension of your study permit then you can apply within Canada (to Vegreville, Alberta) via the online submission or mail-in method. It is strongly recommended that you apply to a study permit extension 60-90 days in advance.
It is VERY important that your Study Permit never expire!
If you have received an offer of admission to the University of Toronto, you must apply for your study permit from outside Canada before traveling to Canada to study. Your Study permit may allow you to work on and off-campus when you are a full-time registered student.
Study Permit is the most important document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to international students. It is important to ensure that your Study Permit does not expire.