Canadian Study Permits:
Frequently Asked Questions — Answered!

Dreaming of studying abroad in Canada but not sure how to obtain a study permit? We have the answers for you!

This six-part video series covers a number of the most common questions about the process of applying for a Canadian study permit, including work permits, spousal work permits, common reasons for refusal, and proof of English language proficiency.

Video #1: How to Apply For a Canadian Study Permit

This video answers:

  • How long is a study permit valid?
  • What documents are required to obtain a study permit?
  • Can you apply for a study permit online?
  • What happens after a successful submission?
  • How do you submit biometrics?
  • How do you get a police clearance certificate?
  • What is a letter of introduction and what does it contain?

Video #2: What is the Student Direct Stream (SDS)?

This video answers:

  • What is the Student Direct Stream?
  • Why is the Student Direct Stream different?
  • Who can apply for a study permit to Canada under the Student Direct Stream?
  • What are the requirements for a Student Direct Stream application?

Video #3: Reasons for Refusal

This video answers:

  • Why might a study permit application be refused?
  • What are some common reasons why Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will refuse a study permit?
  • What can you do if your study permit application is refused?
  • What are Global Case Management System (GCMS) Notes and how can you apply?

Read: “What’s the Difference Between a Student Visa and Study Permit?”

Video #4: Spousal Open Work Permit

This video answers: 

  • Who is eligible for a spousal open work permit?
  • When should you apply for a spousal work permit?
  • What can you do with a spousal work permit?
  • How long is a spousal work permit valid?

Video #5: Work Permits

This video answers:

  • What type of permit is needed to work on campus?
  • Where can you work on campus without a work permit?
  • What if the study permit does not have work conditions?
  • What is a co-op work permit?
  • What happens to your work permit after you complete your studies?
  • Who can apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP)?
  • When should you apply for a PGWP?
  • Why would a student be intelligible for a PGWP?
  • How many times can you receive a PGWP?

Video #6: Proving Your Language Ability

This video answers:

  • Why do you need to prove English proficiency?
  • Which language tests fulfill these requirements?
  • What scores are required?

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