Canadian Student Study Permit

After you receive your letter of admission to Fairleigh Dickinson University, you should begin the process of applying for your Student Permit (link to study permit below). We recommend you apply early! In some cases, processing of study permits can take up to six months. Contact your closest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for more information about processing times, and possible deadlines for study abroad applications.

Please remember to request that your Study Permit be granted for the entire length of your degree program. Requesting an extension of your Permit in Canada does require a processing fee.

Applying for a Canadian Student Study Permit

Most foreign students will need a Study Permit to study in Canada. Some countries will also require students to have a Temporary Residents Visa (TRV). In some situations, there are exceptions whereby students do not need a study permit. You can find these exceptions here:  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-who.asp.

Study Permit

A study permit is an official document issued by the Canadian government which gives permission to study in Canada.

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

A TRV is a sticker that is placed in your passport if you are a citizen of a country that requires a visa to visit Canada. This can either be for a single entry, or multiple entries. A valid TRV must be presented with your study permit to enter Canada. For information on which countries require a TRV, go to Citizenship and Immigration – TRV.

Benefits of Having a Study Permit

You should apply for a Study Permit before you come to Canada if you think you may wish to continue your studies in another program after you complete the short-term course or program.

If you do not have a valid Study Permit and wish to continue your studies, you will have to leave Canada in order to apply for one.

Applying for a Study Permit

The time required to process an application to study in Canada may vary at different visa offices. See Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Visa Offices to determine the Canadian embassy, high commission, or consulate responsible for the country in which you are living and you may inquire at that office regarding the timing. If you are from the U.S., Greenland, or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you can apply at a Canadian port of entry at the same time you are entering Canada; see Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Apply for a Study Permit.

Where do you apply?

You must submit your application for processing to the Canadian visa office responsible for your country. See Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Visa Offices to find the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for the country in which you are living. If you are from the U.S., Greenland, or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you can apply at a Canadian port of entry.

Documents Needed to Apply for a Study Permit

The following general documents will be required. Additional documents may be required depending on the visa office.

How Much Does it Cost for a Study Permit?

The current processing fee is $155 per person and is paid when you submit an application for a study permit. Please note that this fee is not refundable.

What Happens Next?

Canada Citizenship and Immigration will review your application and, if you are approved, will issue you a letter authorizing your study permit. You will need to carry this letter with you along with your passport and present it to the immigration officer when you arrive in Canada. You should also carry a copy of your letter of acceptance from the Vancouver Campus with you.

Remember to:

  • Check your documents carefully to make sure your name is spelled correctly, and that dates and other information are correct.
  • Carry your passport, letter from Canada Immigration authorizing your study permit, letter of acceptance, required entry documents with you when you travel to Canada. Do not pack them in your suitcase.
  • Service is offered in both French and English. If you are having difficulties understanding something, ask if an interpreter is available for your preferred language of communication.

Renewing Your Study Permit

If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a student, you must complete an Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada. Check the expiry date on your study permit, and make sure you apply before that date. You should apply for renewal at least 30 days before your current permit expires.

If you apply for a renewal of your study permit, and the permit expires before you receive an answer, you can continue to study in Canada under the same conditions until you receive a decision.

You should apply to renew your study permit if you intend to travel outside Canada and your permit will expire while you are traveling.

You cannot extend your study permit beyond the expiry date on your passport. If your study permit has expired, and you have not applied for an extension, you must leave Canada.