How to extend your Canadian Study Permit?


May 31, 2021



A Canadian study permit comes with an expiry date. Its validity is the duration for which an international student is permitted to study and live in Canada. Usually, the duration of a study permit in Canada for foreign students is decided based on the duration of their study program. 

When do you need to extend your study permit?

You must extend your study permit in Canada if you wish to extend your study duration for a program in the country. In such a situation, you need to apply for an extension of the permit to legally live and study in Canada. Otherwise, you must leave the country.

If you wish to extend your stay in Canada even if your permit has expired, you can explore other options. The common one is to file for restoration (if you are within the restoration period), you can also apply to change your status to a visitor from a student.

Before you proceed to extend your permit for studying in Canada for an extended stay, you need to keep two things in mind. Firstly, you need to keep an eye on the validity of your passport. This apart, you also need to apply for the extension of your study permit within its validity.

Why is it important to apply for an extension of your permit to study in Canada before the expiry? It ensures that the conditions to study in Canada for an international student are the same as the existing ones. Though changes may take place depending on their alteration, such changes are occasional.

Apart from the instances stated above, you might want to extend your study permit in Canada for another reason. The common one is when you decide to move to another place outside Canada. If you believe the validity of your study permit may expire by the time you return to the country, you are better off applying for an extension of the permit before you leave the country. This will help you avoid any hassle at the later stages.

What if you lose your student status while residing in Canada?

If you lose your student status, like others, you might wonder what lies ahead of you as far as your academic career and stay in Canada is concerned. These questions are bound to come to your mind, given the strictness of Canada’s immigration policies.

You may get into such a situation primarily when you fail to apply for a new study permit, a work permit, or a change of your status as a visitor before the expiry of your study permit. However, it can also happen due to other reasons. For instance, it may happen if you fail to comply with the conditions of your study permit in Canada.

An option is to apply for restoration of your status. Even when you lose your student status while pursuing a degree course or a program in Canada, you need to apply for restoration of your previous status as a student. You need to do it within 90 days from the actual date on which you lose your student status.

You also need to ensure that you have paid the fee for the restoration of your student status and the study permit. Paying both fees is imperative to ensure the successful processing of your submitted application.

Final thoughts

If you are an international student who is currently residing in Canada, your study permit is the legal document to legally live and study in Canada. Keeping it valid, along with the validity of your passport, will keep you safe from any immigration-related hassle at the subsequent stages. In case the validity of your student permit expires, and you still wish to extend your stay for continuing your education in Canada, you can do so by taking the steps listed above. 

At any point in time, do not hesitate to approach an immigration consultant if you feel the need for help or assistance regarding the extension of your study permit or if you have any other queries on the matter.

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