Students who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent residents are classified as International students and require a valid study permit to study at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
International students are required to hold a valid study permit to enrol in all programs at Alexander College (e.g. university transfer program, English for Academic Purposes program, etc.)
When a study permit is required
Foreign nationals are required to obtain a study permit for engaging in academic, professional, vocational or other education or training that is more than six months in duration at a designated learning institution in Canada.
The following activities are not considered studies and do not require a study permit:
- courses of general interest or self-improvement;
- distance learning; or
- audited courses (typically by sitting in on an academic course, but without obtaining credit for it, or having the ability to obtain credit for it retroactively).
Where students apply
Foreign nationals who wish to study in Canada must apply for a study permit before presenting themselves at a Canadian port of entry (POE), unless:
- they are exempt from requiring a study permit [R188];
- they are eligible to apply for a study permit on entry [R214]; or
- they are eligible to apply for a study permit after entry [R215].
Foreign nationals from certain countries and territories also require a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada. For overseas applications, if the application for a study permit is approved, a TRV will be issued automatically. There is no separate fee or application for the TRV [R296(2)(c)].
Visa-exempt foreign nationals, excluding U.S. citizens and a limited number of other travellers, will need to get anElectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before flying to Canada. For overseas applications, if the application for a study permit is approved, an eTA will be issued automatically and no separate application is necessary. In such cases, there is no separate fee for the eTA.
Foreign nationals may submit an application package for a study permit by:
- Mailing it to the appropriate office;
- Applying online (e-Apps); or
- Applying through a Visa Application Centre (VAC).
Detailed instructions for obtaining an initial study permit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study.asp