Visitor visa into a Study Permit inside Canada🍁

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Your visitor visa does allow you to study any short-term program under 6 months of duration but if you need to study for a program which is longer than 6 months, you will need to obtain a study permit. You can obtain such a study permit outside Canada from your home country but if you decide to apply while staying in Canada then you need to meet certain requirements.🍁
  • you’re a Ukrainian national or family member of a Ukrainian national
  • you have a valid study or work permit
  • your spouse, common-law partner or parent has a valid study or work permit
  • you’re a minor child in primary or secondary school
  • you’re an exchange student or visiting student
  • you completed a short-term course or study program required to be accepted at a DLI
  • you or your spouse, common-law partner or dependent child has a temporary resident permit (TRP) valid for 6 months or more
  • you’re being sponsored to immigrate and you already applied for permanent residence (if you’re eligible)
  • you or your spouse, common-law partner or dependent child are subject to an unenforceable removal order
  • you’re the spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of
    • an athlete on a team based in Canada
    • a member of the media
    • a member of the clergy
    • military personnel on duty in Canada or
    • an accredited foreign representative
    • you’re a refugee claimant in Canada or a family member of a refugee claimant in Canada

Now if you choose to study a short-term program/Prerequisite program, You can apply for a study permit inside Canada without leaving the country and follow these simple steps:

  1. Enroll in a short-term or pre-requisite program
  2. Obtain a conditional admission letter from a DLI public or Private institution in Canada
  3. Complete your short-term program and get an unconditional letter of acceptance from your DLI
  4. Collect the required documents as guided and apply for a study permit
  5. Get a decision in your study permit application


Please be aware that study permit application outcome inside Canada  is usually positive and there is a extremely high approval rate in this visa category, However IRCC holds the right to approve or not approve applications.
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Benefits of applying to study permit inside Canada

Age is irrelevant: It's quite common to assume that people above 30 cannot get a study permit, However it is true that it can be actually an obstacle while applying outside Canada as younger students might get a preference. Whereas, Inside Canada students can be 30-50 or above and can still get an approval.

IELTS is not a requirement: You can apply for a study permit in Canada without IELTS, Yes you read it right ! This means you only need to satisfy your school English requirements and there is no standard requirement by IRCC, Your school can accept many English alternates such as In House English test , ESL, EAP, University pathway program (UPP) Duolingo and more.

Previous refusal might not affect your inside canada study permit: If you have any refusal for a study permit application you can still apply for a study permit inside Canada and have a fair chance to get an approval.

GIC is not required: GIC (Guaranteed investment certificate) is required in many countries while applying for study permit of Canada to ensure student has access to adequate while his stay in Canada, Though it's still required show funds equivalent to 1 year of living expenses other than the paid tuition fee but a GIC certificate isn't needed to be attached in the application and that will make the process a lot uncomplicated.

Education gap is not a deal breaker: While applying outside Canada, even a 2 years or longer gap can negatively affect your Canadian study permit application, Whereas inside Canada it's not an issue as long as you are able to justify your plan to study the proposed program in Canada and it aligns with your future plans.

No need to EXIT Canada: It's quite common to assume that people above 30 cannot get a study permit, However it is true that it can be actually an obstacle while applying outside Canada as younger students might get a preference. Whereas, Inside Canada students can be 30-50 or above and can still get an approval.🍁

Study Permit (Inside Canada)Study Permit (Outside Canada)
No IELTS required IELTS/PTE 6.0 or equivalent is mandatoryIELTS/PTE 6.0 or equivalent is mandatory
Longer education gap is acceptableEducation longer than 2 years is an issue
GIC is not requiredGIC might be needed based on your country
Age 30 -50 or above is acceptableAge above 30 can be extremely difficult to get accepted
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