Canada study permit as TR.to.PR Pathway

Canada Study Permit is a great TR.to.PR Pathway


Canada study permit is TR.to.PR Pathway

Updated September 18, 2022. Canada Study Permit is a great TR.to.PR Pathway. You need a Canada study permit if you want to study in Canada for a period longer than six months at post-secondary level.

Canada remains a top pick for international students. In 2021 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 621,565 study permits. That’s up almost 17.7 per cent from the 528,190 in 2020. That is impressively as high as the pre-pandemic levels. And it is only 2.6 per cent lower than the record of 638,280 study permits set in 2019.

IRCC issues study permits to allow foreign nationals to study at Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs).  A DLI is an institution authorized by the government of Canada to admit and welcome international students.


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A study permit is not a visa. It does not automatically let you enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). If IRCC approves your study permit application, you will get a visa or eTA with your study permit.

Why study in Canada for TR.to.PR Pathway?

Canada is unique in its openness to international students and more so for its many programs that provide international students pathways to permanent residence after graduation.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Canada consistently ranks in top three among international students for:

  • world-class educational system
  • diversity
  • friendly and welcoming culture
  • French and English learning options, and also
  • favourable living costs

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Also, Canada is home to 21 of the world’s top 500 universities and 32 in the top 1,000. In 2020 prior to the pandemic, Canada had over 650,000 international students.

Canada’s international student population was on an upward surge before the pandemic. It grew by 13 per cent in 2019 compared to the previous year, marking yet another year of double-digit growth.

Canada study permit greatly increases your opportunity to later become Canadian permanent resident and citizen. IRCC is aggressively targeting temporary to permanent rseident pathways at international students in Canada.

Canada TR.to.PR. Pathway

A TR.to.PR. pathway is a sequence of steps that assure you of potential permanence residence under many Canadian immigration programs.


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Working while studying improves international students eligibility for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada’s international students can work while studying to start building work experience for PR application. They can work under the following categories:

  • on campus without a work permit;
  • off campus with a work permit; and also
  • in co-op and internship programs, where work experience is part of the curriculum, with a work permit.

Full time international students with valid study permit can work up to 20 hours per week during the school year, and full-time on scheduled breaks.

Working with your study permit towards TR.to.PR. Pathway

Working while studying improves international students eligibility for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada’s international students can work while studying to start building work experience for PR application. They can work under the following categories:

  • on campus without a work permit;
  • off campus with a work permit; and also
  • in co-op and internship programs, where work experience is part of the curriculum, with a work permit.

Full time international students with valid study permit can work up to 20 hours per week during the school year, and full-time on scheduled breaks.

Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) TR.to.PR Pathway

After graduation international students can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). PGWP enables international graduates to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Canadian work experience through PGWP adds high points to a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) in Canada’s Express Entry immigration pool, especially in the Canadian Experience Class category.

PGWP is valid to up to three years after graduation.

See also TR.to.PR.Pathway Update – Canada Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathways

See also 8 ways to boost your Express Entry CRS score.

Get your study permit faster through Student Direct Stream

If you’re a legal resident in certain countries, you may be able to get your study permit faster by applying online through the Student Direct Stream. International students in Canada Student Direct Stream (SDS) countries get their Canada study permit processed within 20 calendar days. The processing time for other countries could take as long as four months. 

The following countries are in Canada Student Direct Stream as of September 1, 2022:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam

Guidelines to obtain Canada Study Permit

If you’re applying for a Canada study permit, you must apply online on IRCC’s website whether you’re outside of Canada or already in Canada.

You’re only eligible to apply on paper if you

  • have a disability that prevents you from applying online
  • hold an identity or travel document for non-national residents, refugees or stateless persons

You’re only eligible to apply on paper if you

  • have a disability that prevents you from applying online
  • hold an identity or travel document for non-national residents, refugees or stateless persons

Documents to submit for Canada study permit

As at Sptember 1, 2022, IRCC published the following document list on its website. NOTE: for updates of the list please IRCC study permit documents page at Study permit: Get the right documents.

At a minimum, you need the following documents to apply for a Canadian study permit:

  • proof of acceptance
  • evidence of identity, and also
  • proof of financial support

Proof of acceptance

Include the original or electronic copy of your letter of acceptance by a Canadian DLI with your study permit application.

If you have conditional acceptance to take prerequisite courses, IRCC will issue your study permit for the length of those courses plus 1 year. Note however that once you’re accepted into your main program, you must apply for a new student permit to extend your stay as a student.

Evidence of identity

When applying for your study permit, you and each family member who comes with you to Canada must have

  • a valid passport or travel document
  • two recent passport-size photos
    • The name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo.

Proof of financial support

You must prove that you can support yourself, and the family members who come with you, while you are studying in Canada.

You can prove your funds with:

  • proof of a Canadian bank account in your name, if you’ve transferred money to Canada
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
  • proof of a student or education loan from a bank
  • your bank statements for the past 4 months
  • a bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
  • proof you paid tuition and housing fees
  • a letter from the person or school giving you money, or
  • proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program

Minimum funds needed to support yourself as a student (and family members who come with you):

Persons coming to CanadaAmount of funds required per year (doesn’t include tuition)Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student)CAN$10,000CAN$833
First family memberCAN$4,000CAN$333
Every additional accompanying family memberCAN$3,000CAN$255

Example:

If you and 2 family members want to come to a province (other than Quebec) for a year, you will need

  • living expenses: $10,000 (for the student)
  • living expenses: $4,000 (for the first family member)
  • living expenses: $3,000 (for the second family member)
    Total: $17,000
People coming to CanadaAmount of funds required per year (doesn’t include tuition)Amount of funds required per month (doesn’t include tuition)
1 person under the age of 18CAN$6,569CAN$547
1 person aged 18 or overCAN$13,134CAN$1,095
2 people aged 18 or overCAN$19,264CAN$1,605
2 people aged 18 or over and 1 person under the age of 18CAN$21,579CAN$1,798
2 people aged 18 or over and 2 people under the age of 18CAN$23,290CAN$1,941

If your country uses foreign-exchange controls, you must prove that you’ll be allowed to export funds for all of your expenses.

Québec Acceptance Certificate

If you want to study in Quebec for longer than 6 months, you need a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) issued by the Gouvernement du Québec. Your school can give you all the details on how to apply for the CAQ.

If your application for a CAQ got approved by the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), but you’re still waiting to get the CAQ, you can apply for your study permit with the approval letter from the MIFI. You don’t need to wait for the CAQ to apply.

Find out about the process and the documents you need for studying in Quebec.

If you plan to study in Quebec for less than 6 months, you can apply for a study permit without a CAQ.


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.