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After applying for a study permit

How your application is processed

After the visa office receives your application it will be reviewed to make sure it is complete. Your application may be returned or refused if you do not provide all the requested information, documents and fees.

If your application is complete, the following may be requested:

  • Medical examination

    A visa officer will determine whether a medical examination is required. If a medical examination is required, you will be sent a personalized form and instructions.
  • Police certificate

    If you have not already done so, you may be asked to provide police certificates for yourself and any family member 18 years of age or over who will come to Canada with you. The visa office will let you know if this is required.
  • Interview

    If a visa officer decides that an interview is necessary, you will be informed and given instructions. Most decisions are taken without an interview. All relevant information should therefore be included in writing with your initial application.

Processing times

For more detailed information on processing times please see Average processing times

Change of address

If you move or change your address, telephone number or any other contact information after you submit your application, you must notify the visa office.

Return of documents

After the visa officer has assessed your application, your passport will be returned to you. Unless otherwise indicated, submit only photocopies of the documents requested. The documents you provide with your application will not be returned.

If your application is approved

If your application is approved, you will receive the following:

  • A letter from the visa office confirming your approval. It will be sent by mail or by email, but not both. This letter is not your study permit. Take the letter with you to show to the immigration officials at the point of entry when you arrive in Canada in order to obtain your study permit.
  • If you are a citizen of a country that requires a temporary resident visa to enter Canada, the visa will be in your passport. For information on expiry dates, duration of stay, etc, please refer to After receiving a visa

If your application is refused

If your application is refused, the visa office will send you a letter explaining why your application has been refused. An application might be refused for several reasons.  For example:

  • You have not shown proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Canada.
  • You have not satisfied the visa officer that your primary intention in Canada is to study.
  • You have not satisfied the visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your period of study.

For general information on visa refusals, please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.


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