How to Extend a Study Permit

The majority of individuals who intend to study in Canada must have a valid study permit. If an international student takes longer than the expected time to complete his/her program of study, or if he/she has shifted to a lengthier program of study, the individual will most certainly need to request for the extension of his/her study permit. To renew the permit, the international student must apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to extend their stay as a student in Canada.

Unless otherwise noted, this application must be submitted electronically. The Canadian government requires that most of the temporary residence applications which are submitted from within Canada should be submitted electronically, including:

  • All applications for extensions of temporary resident status submitted from within Canada.
  • All applications from within Canada for study or work visas.
  • All applications from within Canada for renewals of study or work permits.

  • The student should plan ahead of time to ensure that this application is submitted before their current permit expires.

As long as the application is submitted before this deadline, you will be permitted to continue in Canada as a student through implied status, until a decision on the extension application is made and as long as the terms of their permission have not altered. However, if the permit's restrictions have altered, the candidate will not be able to enjoy the implied status and must wait for a decision on his/her application. If a student does not apply for an extension before their permit expires, they can apply for a restoration of the status within the next 90 days of permit expiry. 

If you want some changes in your permit, such as changing study levels, changing institutions, etc. an extension on the permit may not be enough, in such instances, you may need to apply for a new permit.

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Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

Individuals from such a country that requires a visa to enter Canada, should be aware of the fact that their Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) will most likely to get expired with the expiry of their permit. Your study permit allows you to participate in academic activities whereas the TRV allows admission and re-entry into Canada. If you want to travel outside of Canada while studying, you may need to renew your TRV. Therefore maintaining a valid TRV is not required for an individual studying in Canada.

Quebec Study Permit Extension

International students in the province of Quebec must have both a valid permit and a valid certificate d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ). If an international student chooses to continue his/her studies after the expiry date given on their CAQ, they must apply to the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité, et de l'Inclusion for a new CAQ (MIDI).

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