As we all know a valid study permit is a mandatory document for an international student pursuing studies in Canada. However, there are times when a student takes longer than the stipulated time to complete his/her program of study. Also, there are occasions when the students transfer to a program of study that has a longer duration. Here, the need for study permit extension might arise.
Following are two circumstances in which an international student needs to extend the study permit in Canada:
To avoid any hassle, it is highly recommended to apply for the extension at least 3 to 4 months before the expiry of the current Study Permit.
Nevertheless, while your Study Permit is still valid, you can apply for an extension. The major drawback of applying for extending a student visa closer to the expiry date of your permit is that you will be on “implied status”. It means you can neither work nor study, once your current study visa expires. You will be left with only two choices:
For Canadian study permit extension, the international student must electronically apply for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Please be advised to submit your application online unless otherwise specified. This is because the Government of Canada mostly prefers temporary resident applications from within Canada to be made electronically. These applications are the ones:
You need to fill and validate the required forms. Include the necessary supporting documents along with the application fees, and send the package to the authorized mailing address of IRCC.
The processing time for a Study Permit extension is approximately 56 days. However, due to the impacts of COVId-19, the IRCC staff is not able to process the applications within the normal standard time. However, you can check the standard time for the processing of your application at www.canada.ca
If an international student is seeking to extend the study permit, then he should have:
If a student aspires to continue with his/her studies in Quebec after the expiry of their CAQ, then they must apply for a new CAQ from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI).
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