Renewing Or Changing Study Permit
Maintaining Status in Canada While Renewing or Changing Study Permit
If you want to stay in Canada longer than your current status allows, you must apply to change your status.
Always adhere to any conditions given, for example, regulations on the type of work you can do, how many hours per week you’re allowed to work, and the duration of your studies.
Renewing or changing study permit can be tough to understand, so make sure you read over your study permit carefully.
If you do not apply to change or renew your current status (Maintaining Status in Canada) before it expires, you will need to leave Canada and reapply from outside the country.
Applying for renewal or a change of status before your current one expires means you have “implied status” as a temporary resident until a decision has been made regarding your application.
You need to hold onto documents that show you have requested a status extension (like proof of postage or receipt from courier service, etc.). Also, if your current status expires before IRCC reaches a decision, you can only keep studying here if you stay in Canada.
You can only use this rule if you’re applying for temporary residence. If you want permanent residence, you won’t be able to stay in Canada until IRCC decide on your application unless you have valid visitor, student, or worker status.
If you do not follow the conditions of your study permit and consequently lose your status in Canada, you may apply to have your status reinstated within 90 days.
Renewing / Extending Your Study Permit
If your study permit expires and you still need to finish your program, you need to renew it. Try to submit your application for a new study permit at least 30 days before the old one expires. You can apply online or by mail.
After your study permit extension is approved, you may need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).
If you are studying in Quebec, you may also need to obtain a new Certificat D’acceptation Du Quebec/Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ). In general, if you require a study permit, then you will also need a CAQ.
According to IRCC, you don’t need a new study permit if you’re a student and want to transfer between schools, change programs, or study levels. You can Study in Canada for as long as your study permit is valid.
Total Visa Immigration in Surrey is more than happy to help if you need clarification about renewing or changing study permit.
Extending Your Study Permit From Inside Canada
How to Extend Your Study Permit From Inside Canada
Read the Instruction Guide of IRCC before you start your application process.
If you can, submit an online application. Otherwise, if you cannot do so– for example, technical difficulties – then submit a paper application instead.
If you are currently in Canada and meet one of the following conditions, you can apply to extend your study permit (or apply for your first study permit):
FAQs For Renewing Or Changing Your Study Permit
Q1. What if my study permit expires before my extension application is approved? (Maintained Status)
If you extend your study permit online within Canada before it expires, as long as you remain in the country, you will have maintained status after your study permit expires. With maintained status, you can keep studying and working under the same conditions as your most recent study permit.
According to Immigration Canada, you will lose your maintained status if you travel outside of the country while your application is still pending.
IMPORTANT: If you currently live outside of Canada and submit a study permit application (IMM 1294), you will need help to maintain your status while IRCC processes your application. If your study permit expires while you are still abroad, wait until IRCC Approves your Study Permit Application before returning to Canada so that you can resume your Studies.
Q2. What if I am in Canada and only apply to extend my study permit after it expires? (Loss of Student Status & Restoration)
Without taking action to extend your study permit before it expires, you will no longer be considered a student in Canada. Additionally, if your extended application is rejected and your study permit has already expired, you will lose your Maintained Status.
If your status has been lost (out of status), you are now unauthorized to study or participate in any type of work. You must stop studying and working immediately. You will be able to resume studying or working once you have obtained a new study permit.
Suppose you study or work in Canada without proper authorization. In that case, severe penalties could result, such as a 6-month delay in applying for a study permit or work permit, a 1-year exclusion from entering Canada, and/or denial of future applications for temporary or permanent residency status.
*See Immigration Canada’s website for more information on unauthorized work or study.
If you engage in any unauthorized work or study, you must tell Immigration Canada about it on all future immigration applications. If you disclose this information, you could be allowed from the country for up to 5 years for making a false statement.
If your status has been lost, contact Total Visa Immigration immediately so we can go over your options.
Depending on what happened, you might choose to:
You must be in Canada to apply to restore your status.
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