Applying for an Initial Study Permit

All international students need a study permit to study in Canada. We recommend that you constantly refer to the CIC website for the most updated information on the application process for study permits. The following are some tips to help you navigate the website.

Things to Do in the Application Process

1. Before you apply for a study permit, be certain that you have already applied to King’s and have received a letter of admission. Check the following criteria here to see if you are eligible for a study permit.

2. It is important that you allow for appropriate processing times when applying for a study permit. Check here to find out how long it will take to process your application. We recommend that you apply for your permit 3-6 months in advance of the term start date to ensure that you receive your permit in time for preparation for your studies.

3. To enter into Canada, citizens of certain countries require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). See here to see if this applies to you and ensure that you apply for one if you do. Those who don't require a TRV could require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). See here to see if this applies to you.

4. Check here to see if you require a medical examination as well as this could affect the amount of time required for you to get your study permit.

5. You can apply for your study permit online or on paper.

  • On paper: download the application package here, pay your application fee and summit your application at the Visa Office.

Note: According to CIC (see here), you can use the conditional admission letter from King's as your letter of acceptance as required in your documents to apply for a study permit.

All information is based on www.cic.gc.ca.