The Canada student visa processing time varies by country. Also, Due to the impacts of COVID-19, they can’t
- Process applications normally
- Give accurate processing times for most applications
The Canada Student Visa Processing Time
After applying for your Canadian study permit, the Canada Student Visa processing time may take up to 90 days, but it’s usually faster.
The Canada Student Visa Processing Time also depends on the situation in your home country.
You can use the Student Direct Stream to get the study permit faster.
They’ll check your application to make sure you have all the necessary documents. If it’s incomplete, they may return your application without processing it or request the missing documents.
They may also ask you to:
- Go to an interview with our officials in your country, or
- Send us more information
You may also need to get a:
If you weren’t able to submit all the required documents with your application, you can submit the missing documents through your online account or their web form.
They won’t process your study permit until you’ve submitted a complete application. Waiting to submit documents will cause delays in processing.
Updating your application
If you move or change your address, telephone number, or any other contact information after you apply, you must update your application.
If they approve your application
You’ll get your study permit
- At the port of entry when you arrive in Canada or
- Mailed to you, if you’re already in Canada
If you applied for your study permit from outside Canada
They’ll send you a port of entry letter of introduction that says you’re allowed to study in Canada. This letter is not your study permit.
You need to bring this letter with you and show it to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada.
They’ll also send you an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada.
If you’re from a country where you need an eTA, the letter of introduction will include information about your eTA.
Your eTA will be linked to your passport and is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
It’s important that you travel with the passport you used when you applied for your study permit.
If you’re from a country where you need a visitor visa, the visa will be in your passport. It’ll show if you can enter Canada once or multiple times.
You must enter Canada before your visa expires.
Before you come to Canada
Once your study permit is approved, you’ll need to make sure you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time.
You can do this by
- Answering a few questions to find out if you can travel
- Reading the travel restrictions and exemptions for international students
If you applied for your study permit from inside Canada
If you were eligible to apply from inside Canada
If you followed the instructions to apply for a study permit from outside Canada
If they refuse your application
They will send you a letter explaining why.
They may refuse your application if you didn’t
- Show proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Canada
- Pass your medical exam, if you needed to get one
- Convince the visa officer that your main purpose in Canada is to study or
- Convince the visa officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your study period
If you have questions about why you were refused, contact the visa office that sent you the refusal letter.