Immigration Documents: After you Arrive

Extending or Changing Conditions on your Study Permit

Your study permit must remain valid for the duration of your studies in Canada. To extend your study permit, we recommend that you apply 90 days in advance of expiration.

Processing times vary - visit the IRCC website for current information. Long delays are common, so apply 90 days in advance if possible. However, as long as IRCC receives your extension application before the expiration date of your current study permit, you will have maintained status (formerly known as implied status) to remain in Canada and continue studying (and working, if meeting the eligibility requirements) while you await processing, even if your study permit expires while you wait. For more information about maintained status, visit the IRCC website.

If you plan to travel abroad during a period when your study permit is about to expire, renew your study permit from WITHIN Canada before you leave.

You may apply online to extend your study permit and/or your dependant family members’ immigration documents together. If your passport is expiring, you must renew it before you apply to extend your study permit. See Renew your passport for details.


Note: Your study permit will expire on the earlier of the following dates: the expiry date printed on your study permit or 90 days after you complete your studies.

You can find more information on how to apply to extend your study permit by reading the handout on our Instruction Guides page, or by visiting the IRCC website.