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Student Visas in Canada

If you are a foreign national, meaning you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, then a study permit will be required before you can formally enter Canada to study. Study permits allow international students to study at Designated Learning Institutions (DLI). Before you apply, make sure you have all the necessary documentation. In general, a study permit will be valid for the entire length of your studies, plus an extra 90 days, which allows individuals to prepare a permit extension or leave Canada.

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The Canadian embassy or consulate in your country should have the most up-to-date information regarding what is required. The university at which you have been accepted should also provide guidance for international students trying to obtain a study permit. All documents should be in English. Otherwise, they will need to be translated by a certified translator.  As the expected processing time for a study permit can vary depending on your country of origin, it’s recommended that you apply for a study permit well in advance. So, whatever you do, don’t leave it to the last minute!

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