About study permits

A study permit is an immigration document issued by the Canadian government that gives you permission to remain in Canada, on a temporary basis, to study.

Who needs a study permit

As an international student, you must apply for a study permit before coming to Canada, if:

  1. Your program of study is for a length of time longer than six months; or
  2. Your program of study is shorter than six months but you are planning to work or get paid by an employer or another source in Canada (example, from the University of Saskatchewan).

If you arrive in Canada to study for six months or less and you hold visitor status, and now wish to stay in Canada and study longer, you may be eligible to apply for a study permit from within Canada. Check your eligibility.

Starting on July 31, 2018, you may be required to provide your biometrics when applying for a study permit depending on your nationality and where you are applying from. Please visit the IRCC website for more information, and to find out where biometrics can be collected.


Re-entering Canada

A study permit does not give you permission to re-enter Canada. Permission to re-enter Canada is given by a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

 It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain a valid study permit prior to coming to Canada to study and renew your study permit when required.


There are two ways you can apply:

  1. Apply online
  2. OR by paper at your nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC)

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. It is important to allow yourself enough time to plan travel 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
  • Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number for the University of Saskatchewan: O19425660421
  • Estimated costs for tuition, fees and living expense as you must prove you have adequate funds to support yourself while studying in Canada

Helpful tips

After you apply

Please note that the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development 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 plays no role in this decision-making process. Therefore, no one in our office is able to influence this decision-making process on your behalf. 

Study Permit application approved

If your study permit application has been approved, you will be issued a Letter of Introduction confirming the approval of your study permit.

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 enter Canada. More information on preparing for your arrival to Canada can be found on the Arrival and Settlement webpage.

Study Permit application refused

It is a very frustrating and disappointing experience when your study permit application is refused.  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.
  2. Seek advice from an authorized representative who can assist you in preparing another study permit application.
  3. Contact your college 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 paid for your tuition, identify 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. 

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.