Study In Canada Without a Study Permit

Last updated: 23 May 2022

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In order to study in Canada at any level, a foreign national is usually required to apply for and receive a Canadian study permit. However, there are circumstances in which a foreign student is exempt from this requirement. This CanadaVisa page provides an overview of how you may be able to study in Canada without a study permit.

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Short-Term Study in Canada

Individuals do not require a study permit in order to pursue a program of study for six months or less. Courses may consist of any subject(s), and may be taken on a part- or full-time basis. In order to be deemed exempt from the requirement for a study permit, the course of study should be completed within the six month period. A visa extension will not be granted for the sole purpose of completing a short-term program.

Foreign nationals in Canada without a study permit who wish to enroll in an educational program must apply for a study permit from outside Canada. An exception may be made if the course is short-term in nature and can be completed within the original period of stay specified upon their entry to Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recommends that foreign nationals seek a study permit for a program of six months or less if they intend to work on campus or continue their studies in Canada after completion of the initial program.

Minor Children in Canada

Any minor child residing in Canada may study at a pre-school, primary or secondary level without a study permit. This applies to the children of temporary students or workers, as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

This exception does not apply to children of temporary residents who are not authorized to work or study in Canada (i.e. visitors).

Family Members and Private Staff of Diplomats

Family members or members of the private staff of foreign diplomats and foreign accredited representatives do not require a permit to study in Canada. For purposes of this exception, a family member is defined as:

  • A spouse or common-law partner;
  • The dependent child of the individual or their spouse/common-law partner; or
  • The dependent child of a dependent child.

Members of Foreign Armed Forces in Canada

The Visiting Forces Act lists the following countries as designated states:

Albania
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijani
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Botswana
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cameroon
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
El Salvador
Estonia
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guyana
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea
Kuwait
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malawi
Malaysia
Moldova
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sudan
Sweden
Swaziland
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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