Get the right documents – Study in Canada

You need these documents to apply for a study permit:

Depending on your case you may also need:

Proof of acceptance

Your school must send you an acceptance letter. Include the original letter with your study permit application.

If you need to take some courses before you are accepted into your program (conditional acceptance), we will only issue your study permit for the length of those courses. Once you are accepted into the main program, you will need to apply to extend your stay as a student.

Proof of identity

You and each family member who comes with you to Canada must have:

  • a valid passport or travel document. It must allow you to return to the country that issued it. Citizens of the United States have some options on the identification documents they can carry.
  • 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 in Canada.

You can prove your funds with:

  • proof of a Canadian bank account in your name, if you have transferred money to Canada
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
  • proof of a student/education loan from a bank
  • your bank statements for the past four 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):

Outside Quebec

Persons coming to Canada Amount of funds required per year (additional to the tuition) Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student) $10,000 $833
First family member $4,000 $333
Every additional accompanying family member $3,000 $255

Example:

If you and two family members want to come to a province outside Quebec for a year, you will need:

  • Tuition +$10,000 (for the student)
  • +$4,000 (for the first family member)
  • +$3,000 (for the second family member)
    Total: Tuition + $17,000

In Quebec

Persons coming to Canada Amount of funds required per year (additional to the tuition) Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student) $11,000 $917
First family member (18 years or older) $5,100 $425
First family member (under the age of 18) $3,800 $317
Every additional accompanying family member (18 years or older) $5,125 $427
Every additional accompanying family member (under the age of 18) $1,903 $159

Example

If you and two family members (over the age of 18) want to come to Quebec for a year, you will need

  • Tuition +$11,000 (for the student)
  • +$5,100  (for the first family member)
  • +$5,125 (for the second family member)
    Total: Tuition + $21,225

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

Letter of explanation

This letter helps the visa officer to understand you and your goals. It explains:

  • why you want to study in Canada, and
  • that you understand the responsibilities as a student.

You should include this letter if you decide to apply for a study permit even though you are exempt.

Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ)

If you will study in Quebec, you need a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the Québec government. Your school can give you all the details on how to apply for the CAQ.

If you got approved but are waiting to get the CAQ, you can apply for your study permit, with the approval letter from the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI).

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

Custodian declaration (minor children)

If a minor requires a custodian in Canada, you must have the Custodian Declaration Form that has two pages that must be notarized (certified by a notary) and included with the study permit application:

  • the custodian in Canada must sign the first page and
  • the parents or legal guardians of the minor child in the child’s home country must sign the second page.

Other documents

Check the visa office instructions for your country or region for local requirements.

If you are not currently in your home country, you may have to prove your immigration status in the country you apply from.

If the government that issued your passport or travel document needs you to have a re-entry permit, you must get one before you apply for a Canadian visa. You may also need other documents.

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