As a foreign national, if you want to study in Canada, you will require an authorized study permit. There could be circumstances that can exempt you from this requirement.
Canadian institutions offer a wide variety of study programs for international students. If you are enrolled in a program that lasts 6 months or less, you do not need a study permit.
Other conditions can exempt you from requiring a study permit in Canada.
The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) states that a foreign national does not require a study permit under the following conditions:
A study permit can only be applied from abroad. However, if you are already residing in Canada and want to enroll in a program that will be completed within the authorization period of your stay, then you do not require a study permit.
In any case, you can apply for a study permit if you want to work alongside completing your study program or continue your study after your initial program.
A study permit allows international students to work on-campus or off-campus during their study program. You must be enrolled in a full-time study program.
Upon completing your study program, you can apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) if you want to gain Canadian work experience.
If you want to study in Quebec, then you will require a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) along with a study permit.
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