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HOW TO APPLY FOR A CANADIAN STUDY PERMIT

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Application for the Canadian Study Permit can be made online or through a paper application. In order to be eligible to apply for a Canadian Study Permit and Student visa, you have to fulfill certain conditions, although not everyone needs a study permit to study in Canada. Find out if you need one or not.

WHAT IS A STUDY PERMIT?

A Canadian study permit is a document issued to foreign nationals who wish to enroll in a designated learning institution in Canada. This document is not a visa, as it does not grant entry to Canada. A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days let you prepare to leave Canada or apply for an extension.

WHO NEEDS A STUDY PERMIT?

You need a Canadian study permit, and you are eligible to apply if you,
are have been offered admission at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada
prove you have enough money to pay for your:

  • tuition fees
  • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and
  • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • obey the law, have no criminal record and get a police certificate (if required)
  • are in good health and get a medical exam (if needed)
  • prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires

WHO DOES NOT NEED A STUDY PERMIT?

You do not need a study permit if,

  • your course or program lasts six months or less
  • your studies do not lead to an extended program
  • you’ll complete all your studies within the time approved for you to stay in Canada (usually six months after you enter)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR A STUDY PERMIT?

You need the following documents to apply for a study permit.

  • proof of acceptance
  • proof of identity
  • proof of financial support

Proof of acceptance

This is the letter issued to you by the institution you intend to study. You must include a copy of this acceptance letter to your study permit application. If you have to enroll for prerequisite courses before beginning your main program, you would be issued a study permit for the duration of the prerequisite course plus one year. Once you have been accepted into your main program, you’ll need to apply for a new student permit to extend your stay as a student.

Proof of identity

When applying for your study permit, you must provide;

  • a valid passport or travel document: You would be required to upload a copy of the information page when you apply online
  • two recent passport-size photos
  • The name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo

Proof of financial support

You must prove that you can support yourself and the family members who come with you while you are in Canada.
You can prove your funds with

  • proof of a Canadian bank account in your name, if you’ve transferred money to Canada
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
  • proof of a student or education loan from a bank
  • your bank statements for the past four months
  • a bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
  • proof you paid tuition and housing fees
  • a letter from the person or school giving you money or
  • proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program
  • You also need;
  • a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents (acceptance letter, passport, proof of funding)
  • A valid credit or debit card.
  • A valid email address
  • Access to a printer to print your receipts
  • Read the instruction guide
  • Prepare your answers for the online tool. Before you can upload your forms, you must answer some questions.
  • Know the fees you are paying. You are expected to pay processing fees and biometrics fee for you and anyone you include on your application
  • You’d be asked to pay your fees at the end of your application.
  • Create your online account or sign in. An electronic travel authorization or visa would be issued automatically at the same time as your study permit. You do not need to apply or pay a fee for this.
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WHEN DO I ENROLL FOR BIOMETRICS?

After you pay the biometrics fee and submit your application, you would receive a letter that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to provide your biometrics in person. However, if you didn’t pay the biometrics fee, you’d receive a letter asking you to do this first. You’ll only get the instruction letter if you pay the biometrics fee.

Payment procedure

  • Go to Online Payment on your portal.
  • Follow the instructions.
  • At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with a barcode. Print two copies.
  • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application.
  • Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.
  • Do not exit without printing the receipt! The printed receipt is your proof of payment.

AFTER SUBMITTING MY APPLICATION, WHAT NEXT?

After submitting, your application will undergo a detailed review to make sure you have submitted the necessary documents. If it’s incomplete, it may be returned to you without processing it. However, if your application is complete, you may be required for an interview with officials of the Canadian Embassy in your country or send more information for processing. If an interview is required, you will receive a letter specifying the date, time, and place for the interview.

HOW DO I KNOW MY APPLICATION IS APPROVED?

If your application has been approved, you will receive a letter of introduction; it is essential to note that this letter is not your study permit. You need to show it to an officer when you arrive in Canada. Along with your letter of introduction, you will receive an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa), depending on which applies to you, to enter Canada. If you’re from a country where you need an eTA, the letter of introduction will include information about your eTA. Your eTA will be linked to your passport and valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. It’s essential that you travel with the passport you used when you applied for your Canadian study permit. If you’re from a country where you need a visitor visa, the visa will be in your passport. It’ll show if you can enter Canada once or multiple times. You must enter Canada before your visa expires.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY STUDY PERMIT?

When you arrive in Canada, you must show the letter of introduction and the temporary resident visa, if applicable, to an officer at the port of entry. The officer will decide if you still meet the requirements for admission into Canada. If there has been a change in circumstances between the date of your application for a study permit and your arrival in Canada, or if subsequent information is given, which was not initially available to the visa office, you may be refused entry.
The officer at the port of entry will determine whether you may enter Canada and how long you may stay. You will be issued a Canadian study permit at this time.

What you can do to help processing faster

There are certain things you can do to help make sure your application for a Canadian study permit is processed as fast as possible:

  • pay your application and biometric fees (if required)
  • provide your biometrics as soon as possible (if needed)
  • update your application if your contact address changes including mailing address, telephone numbers, facsimile number (fax) and email address
  • Send all the documents and information asked for while applying for your canadian study permit

Things that delay processing

The following may delay processing:

  • unclear photocopies of documents
  • verification of your information and documents
  • a medical condition that may need more tests or consultations
  • a criminal or security problem
  • consultation is required with other offices in Canada and abroad

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go back home while studying?

Yes. If you leave Canada during your studies, you may need to show proof you’re enrolled in your school when you return to Canada.
If you have a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA), it must still be valid when you return to Canada

Can I work while studying in Canada?

Yes, as an international student, you may work under any Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s work programs for students, if you meet specific eligibility requirements. However, If you have a Canadian study permit and you’re registered as a full-time student at a DLI, you may be able to work on-campus or off-campus. If so, your study permit will include a condition that says you’re allowed to work while studying. If you don’t have a Canadian study permit, you can’t work while you’re studying in Canada. In this case, you need to apply for a work permit.

What are third party fees?

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:
medical exams
police certificates
language testing
services at a Visa Application Centre, if you use one.
You won’t pay these fees in your online account. You’ll pay them directly to the third party. Find out if you need any of these

When do I pay for biometrics?

In most cases, you should pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to give your biometrics. To avoid processing delays, pay your biometric fees at the same time as your application processing fees, using the same method of payment.

How long is the processing time?

The processing time for a Canadian study permit varies by country
Check application processing times for your country

What do I do if my contact details change during processing?

If you change your phone number or address, log into your online portal to update your application. You can enter the valid details here.

Why was my application declined?

When an application is declined, the applicants often receive a letter explaining why. However, your application might be rejected for the following reasons;

  • Failure to show proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Canada
  • You did not pass your medical exam if you needed to get one
  • Failure to convince the visa officer that your primary purpose in Canada is to study or convince the visa officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your study period

How often do I give biometrics?

You only need to give your biometrics once every ten years. You don’t need to give your biometrics again until the 10-year period expires.

How much does application for a Canadian study permit cost?

Study permits cost $150

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Application deadline: January 4, 2020

Value: $5000

Type: Post Graduate

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Ranked as a top country to study currently, Denmark is a great place for you to study abroad and one great feature is that most courses in the Country’s Universities are taught in English. So, if you don’t speak Danish but still want to study in Denmark, it is possible! Trust me, your pocket isn’t a problem, and really, what about if you went on somebody else’s money? That’s what DIS will do for you!
Yes! One excellent way to study abroad in Denmark is via the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). This group was founded on bridging the economic gap of study. That is, providing students with unique opportunities to learn and develop critical leadership skills to help them in a globalized world.
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Study in Denmark | What is about DIS?
DIS offers intensive, rigorous coursework enriched by field studies, hands-on learning opportunities to students who wants to study in Denmark and its environs. Their program is unique in Denmark for

  1. Need to be based: Particularly for Denmark, the scholarships they offer caters alone for needs as it is a need based only scholarship.
  2. It provides up to $5,000 per semester and from $250-$1,000 for summer semesters.
  3. Diversity Scholarship: This scholarship is designed to give support to students who come from groups that aren’t as largely represented in study abroad programs. Those who can apply are students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, economic, education backgrounds.

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Study in Denmark | How to request through DIS?

In order to request approval to study abroad with DIS, you are to visit studyabroad and search for the featured DIS semester you want. Once you have selected a featured program, click the “apply now” button and complete the Request to Study Abroad. Here, your request will be reviewed and your registered mail will get all the information you need.


The deadline for the Copenhagen Scholarship program for 2020/2021 is on the 4th of January 2020.

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