Study Permits

Study Permits

A study permit authorizes you to study in Canada legally. International students will receive their Study Permits in the form of a paper document which will usually be attached into your passport at the Canadian port of entry.

Please Note:

  • Study permits will only be issued to applicants studying at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). York University is a designated learning institution: York University's Designated Learning Institute (DLI) Number is O19361109242 (O stands for Ontario).
  • Ensure that your contact information is accurate in your student record (click “Personal information” from Access My Student Records on My Online Services).
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and will be attending York University for more than 6 months, you must obtain a study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If your program of study lasts six month or less in Canada, you do not need a study permit. However, if you think you may study for a longer time, you should consider applying for one prior to your arrival because the process of initial study permit can be lengthy and complicated. Study Permit Sample If your study permit application is approved, you will be issued a Letter of Introduction (see example below). You must present this letter to the border officer when you enter Canada, and your study permit will be printed and issued at the border. A study permit does not authorize re-entry. Depending on your citizenship, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or eTA to enter and re-enter Canada. Please click here to find out whether you need to obtain a TRV or eTA. Most newly-accepted international students can now apply for their study permits online from their home country. You are required to apply for the initial study permit before coming to Canada. Instructions on initial study permit application can be found here. Processing time varies depending on the processing centre location. Please allow a minimum of one to six months. Letter of Introduction Sample
International students should maintain their study permits valid throughout the entire length of their studies in Canada. If the length of your study permit is going to expire before you complete your studies, you should extend your study permit at least 3 months prior to the expiry. Most study permits extensions are done online. Please click here for more information.

Steps for Online Study Permit Extension

  1. Register for an IRCC secure account here
  2. Complete the questionnaire based on your current situation, and choose the "Study Permit" option when prompted.
  3. Fill out the Application Form IMM5709, scan and upload all other required documents.
  4. Pay the application fee CAD$150 as instructed here. Please note that the application fee can only be paid online with credit card.

Tips for Extending Your Study Permit Online

  1. Save a hard or soft copy of the application form and all documents for your reference in case IRCC requests additional documents.
  2. Your incomplete online application can only be saved on your IRCC secure account for 60 days. You must complete and submit within this period.
  3. IMM5709 has to be validated before being uploaded to your IRCC secure account
  4. As of December 3, 2019, all applicants — including those in Canada — must submit fingerprints and photos (biometrics). If you have not given biometrics in the last 10 years, find out where to give biometrics.
  5. When you are applying to extend your study permit you can also apply for your co-op work permit at the same time (if your program requires it).
If you already have a valid study permit for post-secondary study in Canada, you may change your institution or program without applying for a new study permit. However, you need to change your Designated Learning Institution (DLI) via your IRCC secure account. Please click here for more information.
If you submit a study permit extension application before your current study permit expires, you will have implied status, meaning that you can legally remain in Canada and continue to study until a decision is made by IRCC, as long as you remain in Canada. Please click here for more information.
If your study permit expires before you apply for an extension, you will be considered "out of status." You must speak with an advisor at York International immediately. When you are out of status, you may not be able to attend school until your application for restoration has been approved. You have 90 days from the day you lost your status to apply for restoration which can be done online or by paper application. Please click here for details of restoration. If your study permit expired more than 90 days ago and you have not applied for restoration, you will NOT be able to renew your study permit. You will have to leave the country and apply for a new study permit outside of Canada.

For more information about Study Permits, feel free to check out the Immigration Tutorial Videos page.