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Understanding Canadian Study Permits

Canada is a top destination for international students, offering high-quality education and diverse cultural experiences. However, navigating the study permit process can be challenging. This guide aims to explain the process in clear, professional, yet understandable terms, covering different types of study permits and their implications. This article aims to demystify the process and provide a clear understanding of how study permits affect individuals.

A study permit is an official document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada. It is not a visa and does not, on its own, allow entry into Canada and a separate visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA) is usually required. Broadly Canada offers two types of study permits for international students: Standard Study Permit and Student Direct Strem Study Permit job-specific work permits and open work permits, both of which are intended to be temporary.

1.Standard Study Permit

The standard study permit is the most common type, allowing international students to study at a DLI for the duration of their program. This permit is typically required for any course or program lasting more than six months. The standard study permit is valid for the length of the study program, plus an additional 150 days to prepare for departure or apply for a post-graduation work permit.

2.Student Direct Stream (SDS)

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a faster processing option for students from certain countries, such as Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam, provided they meet specific requirements as laid down by IRCC. Minor children accompanying their parents or guardians to Canada may need a study permit to attend primary or secondary school, depending on their status and the duration of stay in Canada.

Securing a study permit in Canada involves understanding the different types available, the application process, and the benefits and responsibilities associated with holding a study permit. As lawyers, we at Lazar Law are here to assist you in navigating these challenges. Please do not hesitate to contact us for expert guidance and support in your journey to study in Canada.

*Please note: none of this constitutes legal advice; we encourage to contact the author of this Article, Jay Khese.