Applying for a Study Permit in Canada - Do's And Don'ts

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Updated On 23 December 2022 & Read Time 5 minutes




Canada has become an ideal place for most international students to pursue their higher education. The high academic standards and ample research opportunities attract international students to study in Canada. Moreover, the cost of studying in Canada is comparably lower than many other popular study-abroad destinations like the UK, US, and Australia. Generally, Canadian universities offer two intakes to an international student, i.e., January and September. However, some universities also offer May intake. Before moving to study, international students must require a study permit in Canada.


Study Permit Canada


The Canadian study permit is a document issued by the government of Canada which allows overseas students to study in Canada. International students must be enrolled in designated learning institutions (DLIs) in order to achieve a study permit for Canada. DLI is an educational institution with official permission from the Canadian government to host international students. However, a study permit Canada is not a visa, and students may require a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to entre Canada.


Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Study Permit Canada


  • Students must have enough funds to support their studies and living expenses in Canada.

  • One should not have any criminal background and must submit a police clearance certificate.

  • To clear the medical test, one must have good health.

  • Students must also prove to the immigration officer that they will leave the country once their study permit expires.


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Documents Required for Study Permit Canada


While applying for a study permit Canada, international students have to attach the below-mentioned documents:

  • Letter of acceptance (from DLI institution)

  • Valid Passport


  • Medical Certificate

  • Tuition fee Receipt

  • Academic Documents

  • Professional documents

  • Passport size Photo

  • Proof of enough finances

  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)

  • SOP (statement of purpose)

  • Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (If you want to study in Quebec)


Study Permit Canada - Do's


  1. Make sure you have enough funds to cover your cost of studying in Canada.

  2. Have proper research on the cost of tuition fees for your preferred course, the cost of living in Canada (including accommodation, food, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses), and the cost of transportation back to your home country to arrange the funds accordingly. So, that you can prepare for the funds accordingly.

  3. Get a work permit if you are applying for co-op courses
    The co-op courses allow international students to do a job along with their studies in Canada. It will help students gain field-relevant work experience while earning a degree. It is necessary to apply for a work permit if the students wish to work alongside their studies.

  4. Attach an SOP with a study permit application
    SOP (Statement of Purpose) is a very important part of the application. SOP is a short essay highlighting students' academic backgrounds, achievements, goals, and personal details. While writing an SOP, students must also tell their intentions and future goals after completing their degrees in Canada. Make sure you clearly mention that you do not intend to stay in Canada after completing your studies.

  5. Copies of important documents
    It is very important to make photocopies of all important visa documents to avoid any mishaps. Keep a dedicated folder for your Letter of Acceptance, English Language Test results, and pieces of ID.


Study Permit Canada – Don'ts


  1. Don't make an application with incomplete documents
    Submitting incomplete documents clearly makes a route to visa rejection. Don't forget to check the list of important documents required for a Canada study permit application.

  2. Don't keep it pending until the last moment
    Always submit your application before the deadline. Apply as soon as you receive the admission letter or at least six months before the start of the educational programme. One ought to plan beforehand for application rejections and requests for more documents.

  3. Don't give any hints that you have any intention to stay in Canada after completing your education




Q: How long can a study permit holder to stay in Canada?

A: The duration of the study permit depends on the course and level of study that students choose to pursue. However, the minimum duration is of 8 months.

Q: How much does it cost to apply for a study permit?

A: The Canadian study permit costs around 235 CAD.

Q: Is there an interview for a study permit in Canada?

A: Generally, the Canadian embassy does not take interviews. However, in some cases, they may ask students to appear for it.

Q: What is Canada study permit processing time?

A:  In the case of the SDS category, the visa processing time is between 20-90 days. While for the Non-SDS category, there is no time boundation.

Q: What is Canada’s study permit approval rate?

A: Average Canada’s study permit approval rate is 60%.

Q: Can I extend my study permit in Canada?

A: Yes, you can extend your study permit in Canada by applying other courses or further studies.

Q: How many times can students apply for a Post-study work permit?

A: Students can only apply once in a lifetime for a Post-study work permit (PSWP).


Moreover, students who wish to study in Canada may contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling through our website. Our expert counsellors will provide you with the best support and guidance that you need for the admission and visa process. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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