If your study permit application is submitted from outside Canada, the processing time for your application depends on the location of the office where you submit the application. Processing times can range between 2 to 13 weeks on average.
Most visa offices process the applications in under one month’s time. For a complete list of visa offices and processing times, please refer to the following table.
Application times below are based on processing time for complete application, are averages, are subject to change without notice, and are not guaranteed. Applications may take longer than the timeframes stated by CIC at the officer’s discretion. Statistics are updated on our website every 30 days.
If your application was submitted within Canada, the average processing time is 3 – 6 weeks.


  • You must show the officer that you do not intend to immigrate to Canada or stay in Canada permanently.
  • You must also show that you:
  • Have been accepted to a Canadian school, college, or university
  • Have money to pay for your stay in Canada including tuition, food, and housing
  • Will leave Canada when your Study Permit expires
  • Are law abiding and do not have any criminal record
  • Are in good health (medical exam may be required)
  • You can be asked to provide any documentation pertaining to these and other requirements and to complete a medical examination if necessary.
  • When you speak with Immigroup regarding a Study Permit to Canada, we will advise you which of these requirements you most need to stress that you meet given your background and circumstances. We will also tell you of any additional requirements that apply to your situation.

When your Study Permit is issued, it will include various conditions or restrictions on what you may do while you are in Canada, including:
How long you can stay in Canada
What you can study
The school and location where you can study
Whether or not you may work in Canada while you are studying
These conditions may also be cancelled by an immigration officer.  

Legal Fees

Our fees are on a case-by-case basis, but Immigroup service fees usually range from around $800 for the most basic application to around $1500 for more complicated matters. Top Priority service for clients who need their application processed urgently carries additional costs.
If you do not know where you stand, whether you are eligible to enter Canada, or how to proceed contact us for assistance.
Government Fees

In addition to the legal fees paid to a consultant or lawyer to assist you with this process, the applicant must also pay a fee to the Canadian government for filing their application. Please refer to the fee schedule below.
Study Permit: $125
*Biometrics: $85
*Study Permit applicants from certain countries must provide biometric information including fingerprints and photos for background checks. Please click here for the complete list of countries.
Government application fees are subject to change at any time without notice and are not refundable from CIC regardless of whether the application is


People from certain countries may require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada on a Study Permit. However, if you do need a visa to enter Canada to study, the officer will issue it to you at the time you enter Canada to study; you do not need to make a separate application for a visa.
Citizens of most countries in the world need a visa to enter Canada. This includes citizens of many countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, India, Pakistan, China, the Caribbean, and South America. For a Complete list of countries whose citizens require a visa to enter or transit (change planes) in Canada, click here.
Citizens of certain countries are not required to have a visa to enter Canada as a visitor. These countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, many countries in western Europe, Japan, and South Korea. For a complete list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada, click here. 


For the purpose of a Study Permit, family members means the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children, and their dependent children (your grandchildren).
Spouse means either of the two people (opposite or same sex) who entered into a legal marriage either inside or outside of Canada.
Common-law Partner means either of the two people (opposite or same sex) living in the same house in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
Dependent Children means the children of the applicant or their spouse or common-law partner who are
22 years old or younger and single, or
Financially dependent on the parent since before 22 years old and still in school, or
Financially dependent since before 22 years old due to a medical condition
Any of the family members who wish to visit Canada must file separate applications for a Visitor Visa (each family member will receive their own visa).

Can my kids go to school while I am in Canada on a Study Permit?

Your accompanying children may attend school in Canada. You must apply for their study permit at the same time as your application. If they intend to join you later, they must obtain a study permit before coming to Canada.

Can I work while going to school in Canada?
In order to work at a job on campus at the school you are attending, you do not need any type of work permit. You can work for the school itself or a private business operating on campus.
Foreign students on Study Permits in Canada are usually not allowed to work off campus while they attend  in Canada. However, some exceptions do apply to full-time students at certain schools. In order to work off campus you must apply for a work permit. For a complete list of participating schools, click here.

How we can help you study in Canada?

To discuss your options for a permit to study in Canada, contact us for a consultation. We can determine your eligibility to apply for the visa as well as advise you how you can prove you meet the requirements. Frequently certain supporting documents are used to demonstrate to the immigration officer that you should be granted a study permit.
Immigroup will assist you throughout the entire application process from start to finish, including:
Determining your eligibility to apply;
Determining the likelihood of success for your particular case;
Ensuring your forms are complete and accurately reflect the details of your case for maximum chance of success;
Ensuring you have the necessary and appropriate documents to support your application;
Providing guidance on the best method to submit your application to the government for your circumstances;
Advising the privileges a Study Pemit affords you;
Offering Top Priority service for extremely urgent cases;
Determining the best way to proceed once the outcome of your case is reached (applying for a student work permit, renewing the study permit visa, re-application if necessary, etc.)
Contact us for a consultation to assist you with a study permit application.

Study Permit Processing Time by Canadian foreign office

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 9 Nairobia, Kenya 11
  • Accra, Ghana 5 Pretoria, South Arica 13
  • Amman, Jordan 7 Rabat, Morocco 6
  • Ankara, Turkey 8 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3
  • Cairo, Egypt 7 Tel Aviv, Israel 4
  • Dakar, Senegal 6 Tunis, Tunisia 11
  • Lagos, Nigeria 18    
  • Asia and Pacific
  • Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
  • Bangkok, Thailand 7 Jakarta, Indonesia 5
  • Beijing, China 6 Manila, Philippines 11
  • Chandigarh, India 2 New Delhi, India 2
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka 7 Shanghai, China 6
  • Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 13 Singapore 8
  • Hong Kong, China 7 Sydney, Australia 6
  • Islamabad, Pakistan 23    
  • Europe
  • Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
  • Bucharest, Romania 13 Prague, Czech Republic 2
  • Kyiv, Ukraine 7 Rome, Italy 5
  • London, United Kingdom 7 Vienna, Austria 4
  • Moscow, Russia 10 Warsaw, Poland 4
  • Paris, France 3    
  • Americas
  • Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks) Visa Office Processing Time (Weeks)
  • Bogota, Colombia 8 Mexico City, Mexico 4
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina 5 New York, United States 10
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala 7 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 4
  • Havana, Cuba 2 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 3
  • Kingston, Jamaica 7 Santiago, Chile 2
  • Lima, Peru 7 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 7
  • Los Angeles, United States 9 Sao Paulo, Brazil 6
  • List of Nationals who must provide Biometric Information
  • Afghanistan Colombia (as of 09/05/13) Iraq Nigeria Sudan
  • Albania Congo, DR Jamaica (as of 09/05/13) Pakistan South Sudan
  • Algeria Egypt Jordan Palestine Syria
  • Bangladesh Eritrea Laos Saudi Arabia Tunisia
  • Burma (Myanmar) Haiti (as of 09/05/13) Lebanon Somalia Vietnam
  • Cambodia Iran Libya Sri Lanka Yemen