What happens if your study permit expires?

On the expiry of your study permit you must stop any of the activities stated in the original study permit once the permit expires. If so, you must stop studying once your study permit expires. After that, you cannot work or study until you get a new permit.

The expiry date on your study permit tells you when you have to stop studying and leave Canada.

You can find the expiry date in the top right corner of your permit. This date is usually the length of your study program, plus 90 days. The extra 90 days gives you time to prepare to leave Canada or to extend your stay in Canada.

Fees: Study permit (including extensions): $150 

Processing Time: 48 days



If you want to keep studying

You need to extend your study permit. To extend your study permit, you need to know:

  • When to apply
    • Apply for a study permit extension at least 30 days before your study permit expires, if you want to keep studying in Canada.
  • How to apply
    • Including what you need to apply online, instruction guide and how to apply online.
  • What to do if your permit expired
    • If your study permit expires and you want to stay in Canada and study, you’ll need to apply
      • for a new study permit
      • to restore your status as a temporary resident
  • What happens if you travel outside Canada
    • Including documents, you need to re-enter Canada


If you want to stay in Canada but you’re no longer studying

You have a few options—you can

If your study permit expires and you haven’t applied for an extension, you must leave Canada.



When to extend your study permit

If you want to keep studying, you must apply to extend your permit at least 30 days before it expires.

  • Make sure your passport doesn’t expire at the same time.
    • Your study permit cannot be extended beyond your passport’s expiry date.
  • If you apply before your permit expires, you can continue to study under the same conditions as your current study permit until we make a decision. This only applies as long as you stay in Canada.


If you finish your studies earlier than expected

Your study permit will expire on whichever date comes first:

  • the date marked on the permit or
  • 90 days after the day you complete your studies

 

When do the 90 days begin?

The 90 days begin

  • on the date you get the first notification from your school (such as an email, letter, transcript, etc.) that you completed your program or
  • when you get your degree, diploma or certificate.

If you can’t prove the date you were first notified by your school, we’ll use the earliest issue date on the document. We may confirm this date with your school.


If you finish your studies later than expected

You must apply to extend your study permit at least 30 days before the original expiry date.


What to do if your permit has expired

If you want to continue studying in Canada, but your study permit has expired, you’ll need to

  • apply for a new study permit and
  • restore your status as a temporary resident in Canada.

If you apply after your permit expires, you can stay in Canada but may not continue to study until your status has been restored and you have received your new study permit.

Find out how to stay in Canada as a student after your study permit has expired.

 

 

How to apply to extend your study permit

In most cases, you must apply online to extend your study permit. You may be able to apply on paper if either

  • you have a disability that makes it impossible to apply online or
  • there’s a problem with the online application


How applying online helps you

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time—we get your application instantly.
  • Your application may be processed more quickly.
  • It helps you make sure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • You can quickly submit more documents online (if we ask you to).
  • You get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.


A study permit is not a visa.

Find out what you need to re-enter Canada if you leave

Step 1: make sure you have what you need

To apply online, you’ll need

  • a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and
  • a valid credit or debit card

Step 2: read the instruction guide

Even if you apply online, you should read the instruction guide before you complete your application. The guide explains how to complete each field on the form.

Venezuelan passport holders

You may need to complete extra steps when you fill out your application.

Step 3: prepare your answers for the online tool

Before you can upload your forms, you must answer some questions. We use your answers to create a personalized document checklist for you.

Step 4: know the fees you have to pay

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application.

We’ll ask you to pay your fees at the end of your application.


COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirement for in-Canada temporary residence applicants

As a temporary measure, if you’re in Canada and applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada, you do not need to give your biometrics. Learn more about the exemption.

Step 5: create your online account or sign in

You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to:

  • pay your fees
  • submit your application
  • check your status

 

If you can’t apply online

You can submit a paper application if either:

  • you can’t apply online because of a disability
  • there’s a problem with the online application

What to do if you can’t apply online

 

*source: www.canada.ca