Most foreign nationals need a study permit to study in Canada. The cases below are exceptions.
You can study at any school in Canada without a study permit if:
- your course or program lasts 6 months or less
- your studies aren’t part of a longer program and
- you’ll complete all your studies within the time we approved you to stay in Canada (usually 6 months after you enter)
If you’re taking prerequisite courses, you should get a study permit, even if the courses are less than 6 months long. If you don’t, you’ll have to apply for a study permit before you can start your full study program. Depending on processing times, you may not get it in time to start your studies.
Minor children don’t need a study permit if:
- they’re in kindergarten
- they’re refugees or refugee claimants
- their parents are refugees or refugee claimants or
- they’re in pre-school, primary or secondary school, and they’re already in Canada with a parent who has a work or study permit
Why get a study permit if you don’t need one?
There are 2 reasons you may want to get a study permit even if you don’t need one:
- You may be able to continue studying (as long as you meet the requirements)
- You may be able to work on-campus or off-campus
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