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Introduction to Study Permits for Canada

A study permit is an official document allowing someone who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada to study in Canada. Most international students need a study permit to study in Canada. Some international students also need a temporary resident visa. You do not need to make a separate application for a temporary resident visa - it will be issued at the same time as the documentation necessary for you to enter Canada as an international student.

Before you apply for a study permit for Canada you must be accepted to study at a recognized school, university or college in Canada, and receive a letter from that educational institution confirming your acceptance.

Education is a responsibility of the provincial and territory governments in Canada, and educational standards are set by the individual provinces and territories. For more information on education in Canada and to find provincial departments of education, elementary and high schools, school boards, and universities and colleges in Canada, check

Citizenship and Immigration Canada advises that it takes at least six months to gather the information and documents required to apply for a study permit for Canada, and to plan and prepare for a move to Canada as an international student.

The process and documents required to study in the province of Quebec are different, so check the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles for details.

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