DEC 05, 2013
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Who Needs a Study Permit?
If you wish to study in a short-term course or program:
You do not need a Study Permit if you are planning to take a course or program in Canada with a duration of six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
If you are a minor child already in Canada:
You do not need a Study Permit if you are a minor child already in Canada, and your parents are not “visitors” in Canada. For details, see Minor Children Studying in Canada.
Foreign Representatives to Canada:
If you are a family or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, you do not need a Study Permit to study.
Benefits of Having a Study Permit
You should apply for a Study Permit before you come to Canada if you think you may wish to continue your studies in another program after you complete the short-term course or program.
If you do not have a valid Study Permit and wish to continue your studies, you will have to leave Canada in order to apply for one!
Canada VisasGo to our Canada visas page for information about Study Permits, Work Permits and Temporary Resident Visas.
Immigration Canada GuideCitizen and Immigration Canada - A Newcomer's Introduction to Canada
Citizenship and Immigration CanadaFor comprehensive information about Canadian visas, visit the
Citizenship and Immigration Canada web site.