How to Study in Canada: The Study Permit Process

How to Study in Canada: The Study Permit Process

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So you want to study in Canada? It’s a great choice! Canada is home to some of the best universities in the world, and the country offers a high quality of life. The process of obtaining your study permit can seem daunting at first but don’t worry; the immigration consultants at Tkachuk are here to help. In this blog post, we will explain the steps you need to take in order to get your study permit and start your education in Canada.

Step One – Find a Canadian DLI

The first step is to find a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI). This can be either an accredited university or college or a language school that has been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). On the CIC website, you can search for DLIs since not all post-secondary schools are DLIs, so it’s essential to make sure and check to see if the school you want to attend allows foreign students to attend.

Step Two – Get Acceptance Letter From DLI

After you have decided on the school as well as the program you want and have been accepted, you will need to get a letter of acceptance from the school. This letter should include your name, the name of the institution you have been accepted at, the program you will be studying and the start and end dates of your program.

Step Three – Apply for Study Permit

Once you have your formal acceptance letter in hand, it’s time to start the process of obtaining your study permit. The application process can be completed online on the CIC website. Be sure to fill out all of the required fields accurately and provide all supporting documents. One important document you will need is proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in Canada. You can find more information about what constitutes sufficient funds on the CIC website.


The full list of what you need to include:

  • Proof of enrollment to DLI (acceptance letter, registration of courses)
  • Proof of funds (tuition fees receipt, living expenses for yourself, transportation etc.)
  • Proof that you are admissible to Canada based on criminal record and health exam
  • Proof that you will leave Canada when your study permit expires

Step Four – Wait for Decision

Once you have completed the application form and submitted all of the required documents, it will usually take around six weeks for your application to be processed. However, it is important to note that processing times can vary depending on your country of origin.

Step Six – Letter of Introduction

Once your application has been processed, you will be issued a letter of introduction. This letter is proof that you have been granted temporary residence in Canada and allows you to start studying at the Canadian institution you were accepted into. Congratulations! You are now one step closer to achieving your educational goals.

Step Seven – Start Your Education!

Finally, once you have your study permit and letter of introduction in hand, it’s time to start your education in Canada! Make sure to check with IRCC for any additional requirements that may apply to you, such as mandatory medical insurance coverage. And enjoy your time studying in one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries in the world.

Do You Still Need Assistance?

Are you still having trouble? If you need a little extra help, maybe you should consider hiring an immigration consultant. When you hire an immigration consultant like Tkachuk, we can help you through the whole process and ensure everything is done correctly. So you don’t have to be worried about being rejected, as it is way less likely when you have an immigration consultant on your side.

That’s all for now! We hope this blog post has been helpful and answered some of your questions about studying in Canada. If you have any further questions or need assistance with the process, don’t hesitate to contact us. Tkachuk Immigration is here to help!


Don’t wait! Contact us for a phone consultation. Let us help you figure out your next steps. The sooner you have a plan of action, the better your chances of taking the correct steps to get the results you want.