Who needs a study permit in order to study in Canada?

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Study permit in order to study in Canada

Foreign nationals may be checking to see if they are eligible to study in Canada without a study permit in light of the recent announcement that Canada will be capping the number of international study permits given over the next two years.


While the majority of foreign nationals wishing to study in Canada are required to get a study permit, there are several exceptions to this rule, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

In particular, foreign people who fit into one of the following eight groups could be eligible for this, according to IRCC.

Temporary learners

A study permit is not necessary for foreign students visiting Canada for a post-secondary program lasting six months or less.

relatives or employees of foreign delegates

You might not need a permission to study in Canada if you are related to (as a family member) or employed by (as a staff member) someone who has been recognized by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as a foreign representative to Canada.

Canadian Indians with a registration

Even foreign nationals do not require a permit in order to study in Canada if they have Registered Indian status.

Keep in mind that being a Registered Indian does not equate to being an Indian citizen or resident. Rather, it alludes to being recognized as an indigenous person in Canada.

Canadian minors
Minor children can pursue their education in Canada without a study permit under the following five scenarios:

The young youngster is either a refugee or a claimant.
The little child’s parents are either refugees or asylum seekers.
The parents of the minor kid are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
The minor child is accompanied by a parent who is permitted to work or study in Canada while attending preschool, primary school, or secondary school.
The young person is enrolled in preschool, primary school, or secondary school in Canada, but they are not accompanied.
Students studying French language and culture who are both temporary residents and asylum seekers

Employees who are able to study without a permit

The advantages of requesting and being granted a study visa
There are advantages to applying for and receiving an IRCC study permit, even if there are some chances for foreign individuals to pursue an education in Canada without one.

For Canadian minors

The IRCC states that minors in Canada who have a valid study permit can access more opportunities, services, and programs, such as:

Co-ops in secondary schools: work permits
Social Services (in certain territories/provinces)
The freedom to move between educational levels without having to seek for new permissions or change existing ones


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