How do I renew or apply for a study permit?
As an international student, if you want to renew your study permit, you should apply at least 30 days before the expiry date of your current status. Applying early allows you to remain in Canada under the same conditions of your current study permit until you receive a decision.
If you are applying for your first study permit to attend a post secondary institution, you must obtain a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution. Once you have that acceptance letter, you can complete and submit an application to get a study permit from inside Canada.
The validity period of your study permit cannot exceed that of your passport. Therefore, you should ensure that your passport’s validity exceeds the amount of time you are requesting on your application.
Note: The Case Processing Centre receives large volumes of applications each year. Processing delays vary greatly. You may want to apply in advance of the recommended period. Check our current processing times.