Student Visa Inside Canada
If you are already in Canada as a temporary resident (such as a visitor, worker, or student), you may be
able to apply for a study permit from within Canada, without having to leave the country. The process
for obtaining a study permit from within Canada is different from the process for obtaining a study
permit from outside of Canada.
The procedure of getting Student visa inside Canada includes the following steps:
1. Obtain a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. This letter must be issued by the school and include the DLI number, which is a unique number assigned to the institution by the Canadian government.
2. Apply for a study permit. The application must be completed online or on paper, and submitted to the nearest Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office along with the letter of acceptance, proof of financial support, and other required documents such as passport, photographs, police clearance certificate, and others as per the case.
3. Pay the fees and provide biometrics (if required). A fee must be paid to process the application, and in some cases, biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) must be provided.
4. Attend an interview (if required). Some applicants may be required to attend an interview with a visa officer to determine their eligibility for a study permit.
5. Wait for a decision. The processing time for a study permit can vary depending on the IRCC office and the applicants country of origin.
6. Once the study permit is issued, the student can continue their studies in Canada.
Its important to note that foreign nationals who are already in Canada as temporary residents, such as visitors, workers, or students, must maintain their status and comply with the conditions of their current permit while their study permit application is being processed.
There are also certain restrictions on foreign nationals or temporary residents that are inside Canada. For example, certain individuals may be ineligible to apply for a study permit from within Canada, such as those who have failed to comply with the conditions of their previous permit, those who have committed an act that is a serious non-compliance with the IRPA, or those who are subject to an unenforceable removal order.
It’s always recommended to check the immigration website of Canada and consult with the Canadian
embassy in the applicants country to get the most recent and accurate information and requirements.