Study Permits

STUDY PERMITS

A Study permit authorizes you to study in Canada legally. International students will receive their Study Permits in the form of a paper document which will usually be attached into your passport at the Canadian port of entry.

Please note: Study permits will only be issued to applicants studying at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Okanagan College is a designated learning institution:
Okanagan College’s Designated Learning Institute (DLI) Number is O19395299488

Do I need a Study Permit?

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and will be attending Okanagan College for more than 6 months, you must obtain a study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

If your program of study lasts six month or less in Canada, you do not need a study permit. However, if you think you may study for a longer time, you should consider applying for one prior to your arrival because the process of initial study permit can be lengthy and complicated.

A study permit does not authorize re-entry. Depending on your citizenship, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or eTA to enter and re-enter Canada. Please click here to find out whether you need to obtain a TRV or eTA.

Most newly-accepted international students can now apply for their study permits online from their home country. You are required to apply for the initial study permit before coming to Canada. Instructions on initial study permit application can be found here. Processing time varies depending on the processing centre location. Please allow a minimum of one to six months.

Keeping Your Study Permit Valid

According to IRCC, you are required to extend your study permit before it expires. Also, you are required to remain enrolled and actively pursue your course or program of study by making reasonable and timely progress towards completing your program. According to IRCC, failing to do so could lead to your removal from Canada.

Extend your Study Permit

International students should maintain their study permits valid throughout the entire study in Canada. If the length of your study permit is going to expire before you complete your studies, you should extend your study permit at least 30 days prior to the expiry. Study permit can be extended online or by paper application. Please click here for more information.

STEPS FOR ONLINE STUDY PERMIT EXTENSION:
  1. Register for a CIC account here
  2. Complete the questionnaire based on your current situation, and choose the "Study Permit" option after.
  3. Fill out the application form IMM5709; scan and upload all other required documents.

Pay the application fee CAD$150 as instructed here. Please note that the application fee can only be paid online with credit card.

STEPS FOR PAPER STUDY PERMIT EXTENSION:
  1. Download the application package here.
  2. Complete the required application forms and collect all required documents.
  3. Mail the application package to the Case Processing Center in Vegreville, Alberta as specified in the Instruction Guide. Registered mail with tracking number is recommended.
TIPS FOR EXTENDING YOUR STUDY PERMIT ONLINE
  1. Save a hard or soft copy of the application form and all documents for your reference in case CIC is requesting additional documents.
  2. Your incomplete online application can be saved on your MyCIC account for 60 days and you must complete and submit within this period.
  3. When you are applying to extend your study permit you can also apply for co-op work permit at the same time.
  4. IMM5709 has to be validated before being uploaded to your MyCIC.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I am transferring from/to another Institution

If you already have a valid study permit for post-secondary study in Canada, you may change your institution or program without applying for a new study permit. However, you need to change your Designated Learning Institution (DLI) via your CIC account. Please click here for more information.

My Study Permit has expired while CIC is reviewing my application for extension

If you submit a study permit extension application before your current study permit expires, you will have implied status, meaning that you can legally remain in Canada and continue to study until a decision is made by CIC, as long as you remain in Canada. Please click here for more information.

My Study Permit has expired and I have not submitted an application for extension

If your study permit expires before you apply for an extension, you will be considered "out of status." When you are out of status, you may not be able to attend school until your application for restoration has been approved. You have 90 days from the day you lost your status to apply for restoration which can be done online or by paper application. Please click here for details of restoration.

If your study permit has expired for more than 90 days ago and you have not applied for a restoration, you will NOT be able to renew your study permit . You will have to leave the country and apply for a new study permit outside of Canada.

 

DISCLAIMER: This website has been reviewed by Sakura Hirata, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website you are encouraged to visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (CIC) to access the most up-to-date information.