Before you apply for a study permit

Passports and travel documents
To apply for a study permit, you will need to show proof of your identity. For most applicants, this will take the form of a valid passport from your country of citizenship or travel documents that guarantee that you can re-enter your country. Find out what you need to come to Canada.

Your passport or travel document must remain valid while you are in Canada. Typically, your study permit and temporary resident visa (if required) cannot be valid beyond the date that your passport or travel document expires.

It is your responsibility to ensure your passport or travel document does not expire while you are in Canada – you should apply for renewal at least six months before it expires. The consulate or embassy for your country can provide you with renewal information if you are in Canada.

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Biometrics, which include fingerprinting and digital photographs, are a new entry requirement to Canada as of Dec. 31, 2018. For new international students intending to arrive in 2019, biometrics will need to be submitted in person at a designated location in their country of residence. Students cannot obtain their biometrics until they have applied for a study permit and received formal notice from the Government of Canada to do so. Learn more about biometrics

Visa application centres (VACs) are managed by private companies and are approved to provide biometric services. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Find a VAC here.

Book your appointment for biometrics early, or your application for the study permit may be delayed!