Eligibility to Study in Canada
- Obtain a Letter of Acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada.
- Show proof of funds for:
- Tuition fee
- Living expenses for yourself and any accompanying family members
- Return transportation for yourself and any accompanying family members
- Submit a police certificate with no criminal record
- Complete a medical examination, if necessary
- Satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay
- Study without a permit
Those who are qualified to study without a permit:
- Minor children already in Canada at pre-school, primary or secondary level if one of their parents is Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or is authorized to work or study in Canada, or neither parent is physically in Canada;
- Foreign nationals entering Canada to attend a course or program that is six months duration or less;
- Family members of a study permit holder are eligible for an open study permit not attached to a designated learning institution.
Work Off Campus
Study permit holders may work off campus for up to 20 hours a week during regular academic sessions and full-time during regular scheduled breaks. To qualify, you must:
- Have a valid study permit,
- Be a full-time student,
- Be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
- Be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
- Spouse or common-law partner of a valid study permit holder may also apply for a work permit with validity of the same period of time as the study permit. Children can also apply to obtain a study permit with the same length.
What You Must Know
- Do not begin to work off campus until you have started your studies.
- You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the above eligibility requirements.