Life in Canada
Life in Canada
There are currently over 300,000 international students in Canada and this figure is constantly growing. In order to study in Canada at any level, a foreign national is usually required to apply for and receive a Canadian study permit. However, there are circumstances in which a foreign student is exempt from this requirement.
In order to apply for a Study Permit, you must first be accepted at a recognized school, university or college in Canada.
To be able to study in Canada you must also:
Foreign nationals who stay in Canada without the study permit and wish to enroll on an educational program must apply for a study permit from outside of Canada. An exception may be made if the course is short-term in its nature and can be completed within the original period of stay specified upon their entry to Canada.
Once you arrive in Canada, you must maintain your study permit, meaning that you may need to renew or change your study permit during the course of your studies in Canada. Depending on your program, you may be eligible to work while studying in Canada.
Many students choose to stay in Canada to live and work having after completing their studies. Some graduates are eligible to obtain post-graduation work permits to facilitate their stay in Canada after completing their studies. Study in Canada without a Study Permit
You will not need to obtain a Study Permit if the duration of a course or program that you wish to pursue lasts six months or less. Such courses may consist of any subject(s) and may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Individuals must complete a course or program within 6 months. A visa extension will not be granted for a sole purpose of completing a short-term course/program.
Any minor child residing in Canada may study at a pre-school, primary and secondary level without a study permit. This does not apply to children of temporary residents who are not authorized to work or study in Canada (i.e. visitors)
Family Members and Private Staff of Foreign Representatives to Canada
Family members or private staff of foreign diplomats and foreign representatives accredited by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, do not need a permit to study in Canada. For purposes of this exception, a family member must be defined as:
Members of Foreign Armed Forces in Canada
Members of the armed forces of a country that is a designated state under the Visiting Forces Act do not require a permit to study in Canada.
The visiting Forces Act lists the following countries as designated states:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Iceland||Poland|
|El Salvador||Malawi||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Finland||Nepal||United Arab Emirates|
|France||New Zealand||United States|
Students in Canada can work off-campus, renew or change their Study Permit, if required, bring their spouse or common-law partner to Canada with an Open Work Permit, and have friends and family visit Canada.