Regarding the Government of Canada's January 22 announcement: The Government of Canada recently announced an attestation letter from the province where you plan to study will be required as part of the study permit application process. The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is awaiting further information from the Government of Saskatchewan regarding the process for study permit applicants to get an attestation letter. This process is expected to be in place by March 31, 2024. USask's website will be updated as soon as a process has been established.

About study permits

A study permit is a document issued by the Canadian federal department called Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to study at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.

Who needs a study permit

Whether you need a study permit or not depends on where you are applying from and how long is your program of study.

Please note, as of June 27, 2023, a temporary public policy allows foreign workers to study without a study permit. Please review the policy to get more information. If you have more questions or unsure whether you are eligible for this policy, please contact international.students@usask.ca . 


If your program is 6 months or less

You may enter Canada for study for 6 months or less with a valid travel document (visitor visa [TRV] or electronic travel authorization [eTA]). The study permit is not required in this case. However, there are advantages to getting a study permit for study for 6 months or less even if you do not require one. 

If your program is more than 6 months, you must

  • be accepted by a DLI (designated learning institution) in Canada
  • have a valid study permit or have been approved for a study permit and received a letter of introduction from IRCC
  • have a valid travel document (eTA or visitor visa)

To get instructions on how to apply from outside of Canada, click here, scroll down to Get the specific instructions on how to apply section and check off "Outside Canada " to get more information.


If inside Canada

If you’re already in Canada, you don’t need a study permit for a course or study program that lasts 6 months or less . You must get a study permit if you want to study in a program which is more than 6 months in duration AND you are not allowed to start your studies before the permit is approved.

In this scenario, you may be able to apply for your initial study permit from inside Canada, depending on your immigration status. 

Please click here, scroll down to Get the specific instructions on how to apply section and check off "Inside Canada" to get more information on who can apply for a study permit inside Canada.


 

Entering Canada as a student

A study permit does not give you permission to travel to or enter Canada.

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada. If needed, IRCC will issue you a TRV or an eTA automatically if your study permit is approved.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) decides on whether you can enter Canada at the port or entry (border). 

To learn more about how to prepare for your arrival to Canada, please see here. To learn more about tranisition supports prior and after your arrival, please see here


Changing DLI if you are outside Canada

If you change your DLI before coming to Canada and you don’t let IRCC know, you won’t be allowed to board your flight.

  • If your application is still in progress you can tell IRCC you changed your DLI by submitting a new letter of acceptance using the IRCC web form.
  • If your application for a study permit has been approved and you change your DLI, you must submit a new study permit application with a new letter of acceptance.

You must also pay all the fees for the new application.

The University of Saskatchewan DLI number is: O19425660421.

It is your responsibility to obtain the required immigration documents prior to coming to Canada to study. 


Applying

Regular Study Permit Application Process

Applying online

Whether you’re outside of Canada or already in Canada, you must apply online for your study permit through your IRCC secure account. You will have an option to create either a GCKey account or a Sign-in Partner account.

Both accounts work the same when applying for your study permit. However, Sign-In Partner account is available only to those who have a bank account with certain Canadian banking institutions. 

To get instructions on how to apply online, click here and scroll down to Get the specific instructions on how to apply section. 

Applying at the port of entry 

In general, you should not apply for a study permit at a Canadian port of entry. You should apply online for a study permit before you travel to Canada.

Only certain people can apply at the port of entry. You may be able to apply at the port of entry if you’re a

  • U.S. citizen
  • lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • resident of Greenland
  • resident of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

If you meet one of these requirements, you must have all the documents required to apply for a study permit with you when you arrive at the border. The border services officer who greets you will determine if you’re eligible to enter Canada as a student.

To get instructions on how to apply at the port of entry, click here, scroll down to Get the specific instructions on how to apply section and check off "At a port of entry" to get more information.

When to apply

Apply as soon as possible after you have received your Letter of Acceptance from the University of Saskatchewan. Processing times vary depending on the country where you are applying from. Your study permit must be approved before you come to Canada. It is important to allow yourself enough time to plan travels accordingly. 

Required documents

You will need the following documents and information from the University of Saskatchewan when applying for an initial study permit:

  • Letter of Acceptance from the University of Saskatchewan (commonly called a letter of admission or offer)
    • Note: A Confirmation of Enrolment is not required for an initial study permit application, but can be included if available.
  • Estimated costs for tuition, fees and living expense as you must prove you have adequate funds to support yourself while studying in Canada. Please note, IRCC made changes to the minimum funds required on Jan 1, 2024. 
  • Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number for the University of Saskatchewan: O19425660421

When you apply, you must:

Help and resources

To get instructions on how to apply, click here and scroll down to Get the specific instructions on how to apply section. 

Student Direct Stream (SDS) Study Permit Application Process

If you are a legal resident living in 1 of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago or Vietnam, your study permit application may be processed faster through the Student Direct Stream (SDS).

You must meet the eligibility criteria listed here amd apply online for SDS processing. If you do not include all the necessary documents to meet the SDS eligibility criteria, your application will be processed via the regular application process within the regular processing times.


 

After you apply

Please note that Global Affairs Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are the agencies involved in the decision-making process for study permit applications. The International Student and Study Abroad Centre cannot expedite anyone's application, represent students, and does not have decision-making power or influence.

Study Permit application approved

If your study permit application has been approved, you will be issued a study permit approval letter (IRCC calls it Letter of Introduction). Please note that this letter is not your study permit. You must print this out and present it to the Canada Border Services Agency officer when you arrive to Canada.

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada. If needed, IRCC will issue you a TRV or an eTA automatically if your study permit is approved.

To learn more about how to prepare for your arrival to Canada, please see here. To learn more about tranisition supports prior and after your arrival, please see here

Study Permit application refused

It is a very frustrating and disappointing experience when your study permit application is refused. However, refusals are not uncommon. We encourage you to follow these steps:

  1. Read your refusal letter thoroughly. If possible, address the issues identified in the refusal letter and resubmit your study permit application. Make sure to read the instructions guide and learn how to fill out and submit documents.
  2. Consider seeking advice from an authorized representative who can assist you in preparing another study permit application.
  3. Contact your college/department at the University of Saskatchewan to find out what options are available to you as your arrival might be delayed. For example:
    • Can you defer your admission to next semester?
    • Have you enquired on your options if you have pre-arranged your accommodation in the campus Residence?
    • If you cannot attend the intended semester but you have already registered for courses and/or paid for your tuition, enquire about the deadline by which you can withdraw to avoid financial penalties.
    • If you need assistance with the above university-related matters, please e-mail us at international.students@usask.ca so we can arrange appropriate referrals and supports. 
Please further consult the IRCC section Study permit: After you apply for more helpful information.

The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by an immigration lawyer in compliance with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to www.cic.gc.ca for the most up-to-date information, or contact ISSAC.


Getting help

Use the International Student Guide to learn about life as an international student at the U of S including immigration matters and information on working and living in Canada.

International Student Guide

If you can't find what you need in the International Student Guide contact The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). We are here to help! Drop-in advising is available.

ISSAC