Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to process my application?

Processing times are hard to predict. Processing times vary depending on the type of application and the number of applications that are received and are being processed.

Do I need a permit to study in Canada?

The general rule is that foreign nationals need a study permit in order to study in Canada. In most cases, you need to apply for a study permit before coming to Canada. You must first have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Canada.

Contact us for assistance in applying for a study permit. 

How do I help a family member or a friend apply to visit Canada?

You family or friend may need a temporary visa in order to visit Canada. You may be able to help by providing your family or friend with a letter of invitation in support of his/ her visa application.

Contact us for assistance to apply for a temporary resident visa for your family members or friends.

What happens if my PR card expires while I am outside of Canada

Canadian permanent residents must carry and present their valid PR card or a permanent resident travel document when boarding a flight or other commercial carrier to Canada. If you do not carry your PR card or a permanent resident travel document, you may not be allowed to board your flight, train, bus, or boat to Canada. There are other documents you can use to re-enter the country if you are returning by private vehicle.

When should I apply for my study permit?

You should apply for your study permit as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance. More information about study permits can be found under the Services tab on our website.

Which family members can accompany me to Canada when I immigrate?

You can bring family members to Canada with you if they were processed for permanent residence as your dependents. This may include your spouse/ common-law partner, dependent child, spouse or common-law partner’s dependent child, a dependent child of a dependent child.

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