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Update on Canada study permit application for international students

Important information if you are planning to study in Canada as an international student for the fall (September) 2021 semester.

If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) receives your complete study permit application by May 15, 2021, you’ll get a decision by August 6, 2021, in time to attend the fall semester. If you are planning to study in Quebec, you can submit your study permit application with proof you have applied for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).

If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) receives your complete study permit application by May 15, 2021, you’ll get a decision by August 6, 2021, in time to attend the fall semester. Click To Tweet

IRCC may not be able to process your application by August 6, 2021, if you’re unable to submit a complete application because of COVID-19 restrictions, such as reduced service at:

  • visa application centres (VACs)
  • other providers

If you submit a complete application after May 15, 2021, IRCC will process it as quickly as possible—but you may not get a final decision before the fall semester begins.

Make haste to submit your complete study permit application for the fall 2021 semester before May 15, so as to make adequate travel preparations before your study commences in September 2021.

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