There are a number of criteria that must be
met to qualify for a Study Permit:
a. You need an offer of acceptance
from qualified Canadian educational institution. The
offer of acceptance must be in the form of an official
letter from the school where you intend to pursue
b. You have to demonstrate
that you have sufficient funds to pay the school's
tuitionand for your general living expenses during
your course of study up to one year. Generally,
if your course is for one year, you should show that
you have CAD$10,000 plus tuition.
c. Unless you are from a visa
exempt country, you will also require an entry visa
to Canada .
However, you should note that you do
not require a Study permit when :
-You take a French or English language training
course that is no more that three months in duration
-You are the spouse or dependent child of a
diplomatic or consular officer, a representative of
a foreign country, or a representative of the United
Nations or any other intergovernmental organization
of which Canada is a member.
· Work Permit
To obtain a work permit, you may need a job
validation from Human Resources Development Canada
(HRDC) and an application for Work Permit.
There are certain persons who are exempt from
having to obtain a work permit to be able to legally
work in Canada . Such persons include foreign diplomats,
military personnel, clergy, performing artists, athletes,
ship or truck personnel, designated foreign buyers
and sellers etc.
Please note that not everyone requires a to
have their job offer validated. For example, foreign
students and citizens of countries whose occupations
fall under the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) are exempted from such process.
Working while holding a Student Permit
Please note that the government recently announced
changes for"on-campus" requirement and students
may be allowed to work off-campus.
- In addition, spouses of
international students are eligible to work temporarily
Please note that all the information provided
on this web site is for general information and is
not intended as a substitute for a legal consultation.
Furthermore the laws and regulations are always changing
and it is therefore essential to ensure that you receive
up to date and personalised legal advice.
To arrange for a consultation, discuss
your eligibility and advise you on the appropriate
line of action, we invite you to call
us. Please be informed that a consultation
fee will be applicable.