Canada Visa Information

You may need to apply for a visa when studying at Kaplan International Languages. We can guide you to some general information, however, per section 91(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) on immigration consultants, unauthorized immigration representatives cannot provide immigration or citizenship advice including explaining or advising on immigration options or matters. If you cannot find answers to the general inquiries below, we recommend you contact Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or contact an authorized immigration representative

Due to the COVID pandemic, IRCC are currently requiring all international students, regardless of their course length, to obtain and travel with a Study Permit. More information about travel exemptions and restrictions for international students.

Canada visa information

Do I need a Study Permit to study in Canada?

In general, you do not need a Study Permit if you enroll in a program that is six months or less and complete it within the authorized period but you must obtain a Study Permit to study in Canada if you intend to study for more than six months. However, due to the COVID pandemic, IRCC are currently requiring all international students, regardless of their course length, to obtain and travel with a Study Permit. More information about travel exemptions and restrictions for international students.

If you are going to need a Study Permit it is recommended that you apply for one before travelling to Canada because applications can only be made from abroad. If you decide to extend your course or continue your studies for more than 6 months once you arrive in Canada, you will need to leave the country in order to apply for your Study Permit if you did not obtain one in advance.

More information on Study Permit requirements and getting a study permit can be found by visiting the IRCC website.

How do I apply for a study permit?

If you are outside Canada, contact a Canadian embassy, consulate or high commission. You must submit your application to the Canadian visa office in your area. If you are in Canada, you can call (888) 242-2100 to speak with an agent or use the automated telephone service to order application forms and other services.

More information on Study Permit requirements and getting a study permit can be found by visiting the IRCC website.

When should I apply for a study permit?

You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from Kaplan International Languages.

How much time does it take to get a study permit?

Application processing times vary between visa offices.  You may check with IRCC regarding processing times.

How much does it cost to apply for a study permit?

Visit the website of your local Canadian visa office for information on fees.

What will I need to make my application?

Before applying for a Study Permit, you must be eligible for admission to Kaplan International Languages and receive a Letter of Acceptance.

More information on Study Permit requirements and getting a Study Permit.

What supporting documents should I include with my application?
What will happen when I make my application?

Your application will be reviewed, and an officer will then decide if an interview is necessary. If approved, you will receive a letter of confirmation. You must show this letter to the Canadian officer at the port of entry, who will issue you a Study Permit.

More information regarding what happens after you make an application to IRCC.

Can I extend my stay as a student?

If you have a Study Permit, you can apply to extend your stay as a student over 6 months through a Canadian visa office within Canada.

If you do not have a Study Permit you can extend your course or enrol in another course as long as you are not studying for longer than 6 months in total. If you would like to extend your studies in Canada beyond 6 months and do not have a Study Permit, you must apply for a Study Permit at a Canadian visa office outside of Canada.

More information regarding an application for changed conditions or extending your stay in Canada as a student.

Do I need a visitor visa (Temporary Resident Visa - TRV)?

Depending on your citizenship, you may need to apply for a Visitor Visa, as well as a Study Permit.

How do I apply for a Temporary Resident Visa?

You do not need to make a separate application or pay a separate fee for a Temporary Resident Visa. An officer will issue the visa at the same time you receive the documentation necessary for entry to Canada as a student.

What documents will I need to show at the point of entry?

Here's a list of IRCC-recommended documents you will need to bring when you enter Canada.

Can I bring my husband, wife or civil partner and dependent children with me?

In general. yes, your spouse and dependent children can accompany you. Your spouse must meet the requirements for temporary residents in Canada. More information regarding traveling with family members.

Can I leave and re-enter Canada?

If you leave Canada during your studies, you may need to show proof you’re enrolled in your school when you return to Canada. If you have a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA), it must still be valid when you return to Canada.

Where can I get advice or information?

Remember, only IRCC or an authorized immigration representative can give advice. More information can be found at the IRCC Help Centre.

If you cannot find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us

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