Visa Extension for International Students in Canada

Updated on Apr 28, 2024 | Canada eTA

Canada is very popular as a study abroad destination amongst international students. Some of these reasons are internationally recognised universities which excel in academic excellence, scholarships for international students and reasonable tuition fees, plenty of research opportunities; and diverse mix of cultures. Above all, Canada policies towards post-study and graduate visa options are especially welcoming.

If you are in Canada as an international student and your study permit is expiring, it is important you understand your options. The good news is that you are in the right country but you will need to act quick.

Study extension does not just imply changing the expiry date on your study visa or study permit but even moving from one type to another, for example, from student to a graduate .

What you need to know about extending your study visa

How to apply

You should be able to apply online to extend your study visa . However if you have accessibility issues with online application, you should also be able to apply using a paper application.

When to apply

You must apply at least 30 days before your study permit is about to expire.

What to do if your study visa has already expired

You should apply for a new study permit and pay your fees. This will restore your status as temporary resident.

Travel outside of Canada on study permit

You are permitted to travel outside of Canada on a study permit. You will be allowed re-entry into Canada provided you meet the following criteria:

  • Your passport or travel document has not expired and is stil valid
  • Your study permit is stil valid and not expired
  • Depending upon your country of passport, you have a valid visitor visa or eTA Canada Visa
  • You are attending a Designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved Covid-19 readiness plan.

Canada eTA is an electronic travel authorization or travel permit to visit Canada for a period of time less than 6 months and enjoy Oktoberfest festivals in Canada. International visitors must have a Canada eTA or Canada Visitor Visa to be able to visit Canada. Eligible foreign passport holders can apply for an eTA Canada Visa online in a matter of minutes.

It is important to apply for an extension of study permit once it expires else you may be deported out of Canada.