Toronto: Are you thinking of staying and studying in Canada even after your study permit is about to end? Well, don’t worry. That’s not the only case with you. For the students like you, we have come up with a step-by-step guide on How to extend a study visa in Canada?
A Canadian study visa is valid for the student for the time they are studying plus a surplus of 90 days.
The extra 90 days are provided for the students to prepare for leaving Canada. But what if you need to study furthermore staying in Canada? In that case, you will have to extend your visa to Canada.
You will have to apply for an extension of your study visa. Make sure that your passport is still current and won’t expire before your study permit does before applying to extend it.
When to apply
Apply for a study permit extension at least 3 to 4 months before your study permit expires if you want to keep studying in Canada.
If you are applying online:
- Log into MyCIC on the IRCC website.
- Submit the questionnaire to get a list of application forms and necessary paperwork.
- After responding to the questionnaire, a screen titled “Your document checklist” will be presented to you.
The documents required are:
- Passport Size Photograph
- Passport: When applying for the application, you must have a passport that will be valid for six months. At least two blank pages ought to be present. The first four pages and the endorsement for the extension of validity must be included in the attached passport copy.
- Proof of acceptance: You must get a letter of acceptance from your school. With your application for a study permit, conclude your letter in its original form or an e-copy.
- Proof of identity
- Proof of financial support
- Credit Card
- Medical Reports
- Optional Documents
- Obtain a firm offer of a spot in a course from a certified student sponsor.
- for your new course of study, get a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
- You need to fulfil the ‘Academic progress requirement’. The requirements are:
- Evidence of a higher academic level than the course you have just finished or;
- A course of the same level that you completed but should be relevant to that course or the career you have to opt for or;
- A part of the medicine, dentistry, or medical science course that you took while on your current student visa.
You need to apply for the application within Canada. You can refer to the website link below for your extension application form for the study visa. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/e-services/account.asp
Download the [IMM5709] form to modify your travel details, extend your stay, or continue studying in Canada.
Alert: Always download the most recent form from the IRCC website to prevent application delays.
Get the most recent updates on the processing time after applying from the linked website. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/index.asp
The fees per person per application are CAD$150. Whereas if you need to submit biometrics, you must pay an additional CAD$85
What if study visa expires
If your study visa get expires between the time you applied for the extension of the study visa, you can stay temporarily and continue with your studies as you had been doing under the condition of your original study visa until you have already applied for the extension.
What if study visa extension get rejected
Incomplete document submission is the primary reason your visa extension get rejected. Therefore, before applying, do a precise recheck of the whole document.
In case your extension application gets rejected, you can do the following three things:
- Request for re-evaluation.
- An appeal in the federal court.
- Submit a new application.
Q1. Can I stay in Canada after my student visa expires?
Ans: Yes, you can stay in Canada for 90 days, provided you have already applied for the extension of the study visa.
Q2. Can I work while waiting for a study permit extension?
Ans: No, it is not permitted.
Q3. How long can you stay after the student Visa expires?
Ans: 90 days.
Q4. How long does it take to renew a student visa in Canada?
Ans: 30 days
Q5. How many times can I extend my student visa in Canada?
Ans: The number of times a person may extend their study status is not regulated by law.
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