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How to Apply for Study Permit (Step by Step)

How to Apply for Study Permit (Step by Step)

How to Apply for Study Permit (Step by Step)

The study permit is a legal authorization that allows an individual to pursue education in a Canadian Designated Learning Institute for a definite period. One must meet several eligibility requirements to obtain a study permit. Besides, you will require several documents to support your application. Gathering these documents before beginning the application process is crucial. Reputable immigration experts can provide professional guidance to prepare and submit the application by choosing a suitable learning institute.


A study permit is a crucial requirement irrespective of the study program you wish to pursue. Candidates must comply with all conditions of a study permit and leave Canada as soon as they finish the study program.

The following are the main stages of a Study Permit Application process:

  • Checking individual’s eligibility
  • Obtaining a Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution
  • Gathering all necessary documents
  • Preparing the application
  • Submitting the application

Eligibility requirements for a study permit

Anyone who intends to pursue an education in Canada can apply for a Canadian Study Permit by submitting a Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institute in Canada. You should also be able to demonstrate to the visa officer you:

  • Satisfy the criteria of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)
  • Meet the conditions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)
  • Provide proof of financial support to cover your tuition and living expenses for the first year of the study program
  • Have no criminal background
  • Have good health and will not pose a health risk to fellow Canadians
  • Can demonstrate that you are admissible in Canada

Letter of Acceptance from a DLI

Although several institutions in Canada offer a wide choice of study programs, you must enroll in a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) to be eligible for a study permit. An established immigration consultant offers reliable guidance in choosing a suitable Designated Learning Institute in Canada. The Letter of Acceptance is proof of the candidate’s enrollment in the institution for a specific study program. You may have to submit proof of payment for the tuition fees covering the first year of your study program.

Important documents 

You must start gathering all necessary documents and certified true copies before applying for the Study Permit.

  • Valid ID proof
  • Passport
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • A Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) showing an investment of $ 10,000
  • Transcripts of school leaving certificates and other academic certificates
  • Language test results such as IELTS
  • Proof of funds (Canadian bank statements) to support the candidate’s tuition and living expenses

Preparing and submitting the application

You can prepare the application once you are sure that you meet all eligibility criteria to apply for a Canadian study permit and have all the necessary documents. Consider approaching an immigration expert who can help you prepare and review the application before submission. Professional assistance is vital because the application process is complex, and a slight error can result in refusal.

To submit an electronic application, you should create an online account on the web portal of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Alternatively, you may approach a local Visa Application Center in your country to submit a paper application.

It may take several weeks for the processing of the study permit application. One must consider the time factor and start preparing for all essential requirements well ahead of the commencement of the study program. You may choose the option of Student Direct Stream to speed up the process if you are a citizen of the participating countries.

On successful acceptance and approval of your application, you will receive a Letter of Introduction. You will be presenting the letter to Canadian visa authorities after arriving in Canada. The candidate will get the Study Permit after providing the letter of introduction.

ASI immigration provides end-to-end support to prepare and submit the Study Permit application. We offer dedicated services to each candidate aspiring to earn a Canadian qualification. Contact us to know more about exploring the perks of studying in Canada.

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