Student visas, or study permits, are required when studying for more than six months. They are issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Depending on circumstances, an international student may wish to apply for a student work permit as well.
To obtain a student visa, the student must have a letter of acceptance from a Canadian school, college, university or other educational institution. The student must then fill out an application in his or her own country of residence and submit it to CIC for approval, paying the processing fee. Other documentation may also be necessary, depending on the student's country of origin.
In addition to academic studies, the study permit allows students to work part-time for their educational institution in some cases. However, students may also wish to investigate a student work permit, which also allows for off-campus part-time work.
The navigation tabs will take you to more detailed step-by-step instructions on what to do before you apply, who can apply, how to apply and what to do after applying. There is also information on medical examination requirements, where to find visa offices both in and out of Canada, how to extend your stay, and information on travelling to the US while in Canada on a student visa.