Canada, most commonly known as the land of opportunities, is globally recognized for its quality of education. Its high academic standards and rigorous quality control coupled with its affordable tuition fees, provide unique advantages to foreign students who choose Canada for their secondary as well as post-secondary studies.
Most foreign nationals planning to study in Canada need a study permit. The document allows the foreign national to study at adesignated learning institution of their choice and stay in Canada for the whole duration of their study program, plus 90 days. The additional 90 days allow the person to either extend their stay or leave Canada.
Eligibility requirements:Foreign nationals planning to study in Canada must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Holder of an admission letter from a designated learning institution in Canada.
- Fresh school leavers coming for post-secondary studies as well as undergraduate students planning to complete the post graduate studies should meet the eligibility requirements of the respective institution they are applying to
- Proof of funds for both tuition and living expenses for the main applicant and the accompanying family members if applicable
- Have no criminal record and are in good health. Supporting documents to be provided if required.
Working in Canada as a studentMost post-secondary students can work on or off-campus during their studies without a work permit. Students should apply for a Social Insurance Number to work off-campus and they may work 20 hours during semester period or full time during regular breaks.
Spouses and common-law partners of full-time students
Spouses of full-time students who are not themselves full-time students are allowed to accept employment without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). They are eligible for open/restricted work permits, depending on whether a medical examination has been passed. They do not require an offer of employment to be entitled to an open work permit. The work permit is issued with a validity date to coincide with the spouse’s study permit and may be renewed once the spouse shifts to a post-graduate work permit.