Study Permits & Visas for International Students
In order for international students to live and study in Canada, a valid study permit is required. For more information on study permits and to find out whether you require a visa to enter Canada, visit the CIC website.
If you’re currently enrolled at a Canadian secondary, post-secondary or language school, you may need to obtain a new study permit. For information about extensions to or changes to the terms and conditions of your study permit, visit the CIC website.
A new study permit is required before starting classes — it is recommended that you start this process a minimum of 90 days in advance.
Although we recommend you apply for your Study Permit in advance in order to avoid bad surprises, citizens and permanent residents of the United States can apply for a study permit directly at an international airport in Canada or at most major US/Canada border crossings. Find details here.
What you need to apply at the border (U.S. citizens ONLY)
- Collect all documents required for a study permit application.
- Don’t forget to check if you need a medical exam in advance.
- You will be able to pay the application fee directly at the border by debit or credit card, or cash in Canadian dollars.
- If you’re 17 or 18, the visa officer may require you to secure a custodian.
- If your spouse or common-law partner will accompany you, make sure to document your relationship. For example, bring your marriage certificate or common-law partnership declaration, and other supporting documents.
Working in Canada
The Canadian government work program for students enables international students who hold a valid study permit to gain valuable work experience both on and off campus and to deepen their understanding of Canadian society.
Students who hold a valid study permit and are enrolled in full-time studies are able to work on and off campus as soon as they start classes. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break).
Staying in Canada after graduation
For information about work permits after you graduate from Emily Carr visit the CIC website.
Skilled Canadian work experience gained through this program may help you to qualify for permanent residence in Canada.