All persons who want to study in Canada need to apply for a student authorization and obtain the written approval of a visa officer. To apply for an authorization you must:
* have a valid passport;
* have a letter of acceptance from an educational institution;
* have enough money to support yourself;
* complete an application form; and
* pay a fee.
Definitions of terms used and information on completing the form follow the instructions below. If you want to study in Canada you must meet some important immigration requirements and you may require a visitor visa. If you do require a visitor visa, the visa officer will issue it at the same time as the documentation necessary for your entry to Canada as a student. Before you apply for a student authorization, you must be accepted as a student by an approved educational institution. The institution will decide if you meet its academic and language requirements.
Note: To obtain such acceptance, you must deal directly with the educational institution in which you are interested.
What is a student authorization?
A student authorization is a form issued by an immigration officer. It allows you, after your admittance, to remain in Canada to take an academic, professional or vocational training course at an approved university, college or other institution.
Who needs a student authorization?
If you are not a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a dependant of a diplomat accredited to Canada, you must obtain a student authorization.
Are there any courses for which a student authorization is not required?
A student authorization is not required if the course is:
* an English or French language course that lasts a maximum of three months;
* not academic, professional or vocational; for example;
o self-improvement, general interest courses such as arts and crafts;
o courses included in tour packages as a secondary activity for tourists; and
o day care or nursery school programs which are not a compulsory part of the elementary school system.