i This website contains general information and resources related to policies, procedures, and application processes for international students.

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COVID-19 FAQ for International Students

Your study permit must remain valid for the duration of your studies in Canada. To extend your study permit, apply 30 to 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, the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta will typically accept all complete applications as long as they are received before the expiration date of the study permit. 

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 to extend your study permit and/or your dependant family members’ immigration documents together, but you must include individual forms and processing fees for each requested document. 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.