Applying for an extension of your Study Permit

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A temporary resident must apply to extend their period of authorized stay before it ends. If they have done so, their period of authorized stay as a temporary resident is extended by law until a decision is made [R183(5)]. Such a person is considered to have implied status as a temporary resident during that period.

If a temporary resident applies for renewal of their work or study permit and their permit expires before a decision is made, paragraph 186(u) and section 189 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) (the right to continue working or studying under the same conditions pending a determination of their application for renewal) apply only as long as the person remains in Canada.” IRCC Website, April 30, 2020

Every student is responsible for remaining in status. Make a note of when your study permit and TRV (if applicable) are going to expire and be sure to apply for a new one approximately three months in advance. Students are recommended to check the IRCC website for up-to-date information on the application process for extensions.

Before you begin,you will find all the information you need to know here.

There are a few important documents you will need to gather in preparation of your application:

You will need to contact your sponsor for proof of funds available/means of support. This includes:

  1. Letter from sponsor saying that he/she will be supporting you
  2. Proof of his/her financial standing
    -Bank statement OR
    -A letter from employer with yearly earnings listed

You will also need to get a few documents from King’s to support your application:

  • Letter of Confirmation in your CrossRoad Web-based Services. To do so you will need to visit the Requests tab and choose “Request a letter of confirmation”.
  1. Check off the following boxes:
    • Program and concentration
    • Year of Study
    • Anticipated Graduation
    • List of all semesters of study at this institution (exact courses not listed)
    • Other information: (enter “Start date at King’s and Proof of academic standing”)
  1. Enter your own name and mailing address.
  2. Select “Pick Up” to pick it up in the Registrar’s Office after being notified. Please note that this will take 2 business days.
  • Your King’s Transcript if you have studied at King’s for two consecutive semesters or more. You will need to submit a photocopy of your transcript for your most recent two semesters of study at King’s. You can request your transcript under the Requests tab in CrossRoad as well.

Once you have submitted your application, you may be asked to give your biometrics. You will receive an email about booking an appointment to give biometrics and all your next steps then. Learn more about giving biometrics here.

  1. You will also need to complete the form to extend your stay. This form will appear in your MyCIC account once you have answered all the questions about what you want to do in Canada. Guide 5552 – Applying to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada - Student will answer many of your initial questions about completing the form. Pay special attention to the instructions regarding visas if you need to also renew your Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).
  2. Pay your fees online. This link will explain fee amounts and how to pay them.

If you have submitted your application before your study permit expires, you will benefit from Implied Status., which is described at the top of the page. If you do not submit it before your study permit expires, but you do within 90 days of it expiring, you will need to apply to restore your status. There is an extra fee to this.

Note: It’s recommended that you remain in Canada while you are waiting to receive a response. You may be unable to return to Canada if you leave without a valid study permit. Learn more about possible outcomes here.

All information is current as of April 2020. Please verify all immigration related information with www.canada.ca before submitting a study permit application.