Apply early! Apply for your study permit as soon as you receive your Letter of Acceptance. It can take several weeks or months for IRCC to process your application. You will need a Letter of Acceptance from Western University before you apply for your study permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
If you are currently in Canada and can’t complete your program before your study permit expires, you must apply to extend your study permit before it expires. If you have been studying at a secondary school in Canada and your study permit is still valid, you don’t need to apply for a new study permit. If you want to work while you study, you may need to change the conditions of your study permit. To do this, you’ll need to apply for a new study permit from within Canada. If you are applying for a study permit extension from within Canada, the study permit will be mailed to your Canadian mailing address. If you also need a new Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for travel and re-entry into Canada during your studies, you can apply for a TRV separately from inside Canada.
Please carefully read the instructions provided by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and follow the Document Checklists provided on their website and by their regional visa offices. Generally, you will be required to provide the following documents in addition to the application form(s): Passport or Travel Document *Note: A study permit cannot be issued for longer than the duration of your passport validity. If your passport will expire during your studies in Canada, it is your responsibility to renew it as soon as possible and apply for a study permit extension before your study permit expires. Letter of Acceptance from Western University Visit your Student Center account online to download your Letter of Acceptance. This letter is not the Offer of Admission letter. (Your browser settings must allow pop-up windows). Proof of means of financial support You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of upcoming year’s tuition fees plus living expenses (for you and your family members if accompanying you to Canada) for a year. Please note that this is the minimum financial requirement to apply. You are expected to have sufficient funds or make arrangements for sufficient funds to be transferred to you for the duration of your studies. We DO NOT recommend relying upon employment in Canada to prove your financial status as this is not guaranteed and may not provide sufficient income to meet the minimum requirements. Further information about required documents. Visa photos (digital if applying online) Biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) You will be asked to go to a Visa Application Centre (VAC) abroad or a Biometrics Centre in Canada. Find out more about providing your biometrics. Study Plan It is recommended that graduate students provide a letter of explanation about why they have chosen a program at Western University (academic reasons), and how the program is related to any past education and/or future career goals. Undergraduate students may also wish or be required to provide a Study Plan. Depending on your country of residency, you may also be asked to provide: An immigration medical exam that has been performed by a Panel Physician who has been approved to conduct immigration medical examinations Specific documents to prove financial support A police certificate Any additional documents as requested by the responsible visa office Fee payment
Spouses and children of international students may apply to accompany the international student to Canada during their studies
ou have lost your status if you are still in Canada and: The expiry date of your permit passed before you had applied for a new study permit a work permit, or to stay in Canada as a visitor You didn’t respect the conditions of your permit In some cases, you may apply to restore your status as a student. To apply, you must: Submit your application within 90 days of losing your status Clearly and completely explain how you lost your status Pay your fees Restoration ($200) and Study permit ($150) NOTE:You may stay in Canada while we make a decision on your application. But, you aren’t allowed to study until your status has been restored. The application for restoration does not guarantee restoration of student status.
Once your study permit is approved by IRCC, you will receive a Letter of Introduction to confirm the decision. This is not your study permit. You will need to present this letter to an immigration official upon entry i nto Canada and your study permit will be printed and issued to you upon arrival. If you are a national of a country that requires a visa to travel to Canada, you will be asked to provide your passport for visa issuance during application processing. If you are a national of a country that does not require a visa to travel to Canada (visa-exempt), an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be automatically issued and this is linked to your current passport. The Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA for visa-exempt nationals) allow you to travel to and enter Canada.