You can apply for a study permit while you are in Canada. Find out what instructions to follow and which forms to use. Your study permit is not a visa. It doesn't allow you to enter Canada.
You may also need a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA). If we approve your study permit, we will issue one to you along with your study permit. For short periods of recreational study, a Visitor visa (B) may be appropriate. A visitor visa (B) allows enrollment in a short course of recreational study, which is not for obtaining credit for obtaining a degree or academic certificate.
The Border Services Officer will make the final decision on whether or not you qualify. If you are applying for a study permit, you must apply online. If you are applying for your study permit from outside Canada, you don't have to apply for your TRV separately. Whether you need a study permit or not depends on where you apply and the length of your study program.
Students in this situation receive a study permit for the duration of the ESL or FSL program plus 1 year. It must be valid for the same period as the study permit or passport, whichever expires first, unless otherwise specified. Please note that Global Canadian Affairs and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are the agencies involved in the decision-making process for study permit applications. Visitors who do not meet the criteria described on the website above will need to apply for a study permit at a Canadian visa office outside Canada.
If the visitor visa is still valid after completing the above, the applicant can apply for a study visa in Canada. A Border Services officer will make the final decision at the border as to whether the minor student can enter Canada and will be issued a study permit. Foreigners who are in Canada as visitors and are authorized to apply for a study permit within Canada under section R215 (f) may begin their studies once they have submitted their application for a study permit, provided that the application was submitted before the expiration of their visitor status. Only those visitors to Canada listed on the Immigration Canada website can apply for their study permit from Canada.
Processing time can be completed in one month if you transfer from a visitor visa to a study permit. SEVP Immigration and Customs Enforcement website under Maintain your immigration status while you are a student or exchange visitor. In this scenario, you may be able to apply for your initial study permit from within Canada, depending on your immigration status. Students participating in exchange programs are eligible to work off-campus only if they have a study permit.