Study Permit/Student Visa Information
Last updatd: Feb 26, 2024
Please note: the Canadian government recently announced a cap on new study permits for the next two years. For initial study permit applications submitted after January 22, 2024, undergraduate international students must now include an attestation letter from the Ontario provincial government. Current undergraduate and graduate students with valid study permits, as well as prospective Master’s students, are exempt from this requirement.
You'll receive an email about how to acquire the attestation letter when the process is finalized.
This website content will be updated as new information becomes available.
New Study Permit Cap Frequently Asked Questions
Study permit processing is paused, so do not submit your study permit application now. We will email all applicants as soon as attestation letters are available and new study permit applications are open.
According to the government announcement, provinces are required to have their attestation letter process developed by March 31.
If you submitted your completed study permit application prior to January 22, 2024, the new cap does not apply to you and your application will be processed.
If you applied after January 22, 2024, your study permit will not be processed and you will be issued a refund. This doesn’t mean your application was rejected; you will still be able to apply again once the new process is in place for attestation letters.
If you have a valid study permit, you will not need to apply for a new one.
Please ensure to extend your study permit before the expiration of your current one once you have accepted your offer and completed your current program.
Your study permit will be valid for any Canadian province as long as it has not expired.
Yes, if you have a valid study permit you are exempt from the cap and can apply to transfer to King's.
Yes, you can renew an existing valid study permit. IRCC is launching a new version of the study permit extension form on January 30, 2024 – if you are applying on or after this date, you MUST use the new version of the form. IRCC will not accept applications using the old form.
All international students who wish to pursue a program of study of at least 6 months in length at King’s must hold a valid study permit that authorizes studies at any Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada, such as King’s University College. See below if your program of study is less than 6 months in length. King’s University College’s DLI Number is O19376872842
- The first digit is the capital letter “O”, not the number zero “0”
- King's DLI number can be found on your Letter of Acceptance
International students are responsible for applying for their initial study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Please visit the IRCC website for further information, document requirements and application instructions. If you are applying as an undergraduate student, you will require an attestation letter from the Province of Ontario. More information about that process will be available soon.
Your current country of residence and status in that country will determine whether you apply online, by paper through a Canadian Visa Application Centre, or upon entry into Canada. Please note that only citizens of the USA and St. Pierre and Miquelon may apply for a study permit upon entry into Canada.
Some international students can get their study permits faster by using the Student Direct Stream (SDS).
The Canadian government recently announced a cap on new study permits for the next two years and a pause on processing of any new study permits.
For initial study permit applications submitted after January 22, 2024, undergraduate international students must now include an attestation letter from the Ontario provincial government. You must wait until you have this letter before applying for your study permit.
Current study permit holders are exempt from this requirement.
Details about how to acquire the attestation letter will be provided to applicants and added to this web page when the process is finalized. The government has asked provinces to have their process in place by March 31, 2024.
You will also need a Offer of Admission from King’s University College before you apply for your study permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Visit IRCC for current up-to-date processing times in your area.
As an undergraduate student, you will require an attestation letter from the province. More information about that process will be available soon.
Note: You may not begin your studies at King's until you have received a study permit that authorizes studies at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada.
If you are currently in Canada and can’t complete your program before your study permit expires, you must apply to extend your study permit before it expires.
If you have been studying at a secondary school in Canada and your study permit is still valid, you don’t need to apply for a new study permit. If you want to work while you study, you may need to change the conditions of your study permit. To do this, you’ll need to apply for a new study permit from within Canada.
If you are applying for a study permit extension from within Canada, the study permit will be mailed to your Canadian mailing address. If you also need a new Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for travel and re-entry into Canada during your studies, you can apply for a TRV separately from inside Canada.
International students who will be attending King’s for a short-term program of under 6 months , such as a one-term exchange, may enter Canada as a visitor for the purpose of short-term studies. Please note that if you plan on using that course/program as a prerequisite for a subsequent program of study (e.g., English as a Second Language), you must apply for a study permit.
Please carefully read the instructions provided by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and follow the Document Checklists provided on their website and by their regional visa offices.
Generally, you will be required to provide the following documents in addition to the application form(s):
- Passport or travel document
*Note: A study permit cannot be issued for longer than the duration of your passport validity. If your passport will expire during your studies in Canada, it is your responsibility to renew it as soon as possible and apply for a study permit extension before your study permit expires.
- Attestation Letter (if applying as an undergraduate after January 22, 2024)
- Offer of Admission from King’s University College
- Proof of means of financial support
You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of upcoming year’s tuition fees plus living expenses (for you and your family members if accompanying you to Canada) for a year. Please note that this is the minimum financial requirement to apply. You are expected to have sufficient funds or make arrangements for sufficient funds to be transferred to you for the duration of your studies. We DO NOT recommend relying upon employment in Canada to prove your financial status as this is not guaranteed and may not provide sufficient income to meet the minimum requirements.
Further information about required documents.
- Visa photos (digital if applying online)
- Biometrics (fingerprints and photograph)
You will be asked to go to a Visa Application Centre (VAC) abroad or a Biometrics Centre in Canada.
Find out more about providing your biometrics.
- Study Plan
Undergraduate students may wish or be required to provide a Study Plan. A Study Plan is a letter of explanation about why they have chosen a program at King’s (academic reasons), and how the program is related to any past education and/or future career goals.
- Depending on your country of residency, you may also be asked to provide:
- An immigration medical exam that has been performed by a Panel Physician who has been approved to conduct immigration medical examinations
- Specific documents to prove financial support
- A police certificate
- Any additional documents as requested by the responsible visa office
- Fee payment
"Minor children who are less than 17 years of age and come to Canada to study without a parent or legal guardian must be cared for by a responsible adult in Canada. This person is known as a custodian. A notarized custodianship declaration, such as the form Custodianship Declaration - Custodian for Minors Studying in Canada (IMM 5646) (PDF, 1 MB), must be completed by the parents or legal guardians in the country of origin and by the custodian in Canada.
Minor children between 17 years of age and the age of majority in the province or territory (18 or 19 years old) where they intend to study, may need a custodian at the discretion of an immigration officer." 1
It is the responsibility of the student's family to satisfy this requirement. King’s is not able to serve as a custodian.
See IRCC's information on minor children studying in Canada
Spouses and children of international students may apply to accompany the international student to Canada during their studies. Further information.
You have lost your status if you are still in Canada and:
- The expiry date of your permit passed before you had applied for
- a new study permit
- a work permit, or
- to stay in Canada as a visitor
- You didn’t respect the conditions of your permit
In some cases, you may apply to restore your status as a student. To apply, you must:
- Submit your application within 90 days of losing your status
- Clearly and completely explain how you lost your status
- Pay your fees
NOTE: You may stay in Canada while the IRCC makes a decision on your application. However, you aren’t allowed to study until your status has been restored. The application for restoration does not guarantee restoration of student status.
Once your study permit is approved by IRCC, you will receive a Letter of Introduction to confirm the decision. This is not your study permit. You will need to present this letter to an immigration official upon entry into Canada and your study permit will be printed and issued to you upon arrival.
- If you are a national of a country that requires a visa to travel to Canada, you will be asked to provide your passport for visa issuance during application processing.
- If you are a national of a country that does not require a visa to travel to Canada (visa-exempt), an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be automatically issued and this is linked to your current passport.
The Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA for visa-exempt nationals) allow you to travel to and enter Canada.
What a Study Permit Authorizes
The study permit authorizes your stay in Canada, student activities, and in some cases, employment.
Note: If your academic program requires you to complete co-op/internship as a mandatory part of your program requirements, you will need to apply for a co-op work permit.
For more information about preparing for your arrival in Canada and what to expect when you enter Canada, please visit IRCC’s information “Prepare for Arrival”.
Your responsibilities as an International Student in Canada
International students in Canada are required to:
- Ensure that their study permit remains valid. Don’t let it expire! Apply for an extension at least 2-3 months before it expires.
- Actively pursue your studies (remain enrolled, attend classes, and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your degree).
- Notify IRCC if you transfer institutions – you must notify IRCC if you change Designated Learning Institutions. You can do this through your GCKey account online with IRCC.
- Comply with the conditions on your study permit.