I want to change my school or study program. How can I change my study permit?You don’t need to change your study permit if you’re changing your school or study program
If you’re a high school studentIf you’re moving to post-secondary school and want to be able to work while you study, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit. There is a fee to make this change. To do this, you’ll need to apply for a new study permit from within Canada.
If you’re a post-secondary studentWhile you don’t need to change your study permit, you do have to tell us when you change post-secondary schools. Find out how to tell us that you’ve changed your post-secondary school.
If you’re moving to a school in QuebecIf you’re moving to a school in Quebec (and your previous school is outside Quebec), you must get a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ). You need a CAQ for any level of school, including primary.
While you don’t need to change your study permit, you do have to tell us when you change post-secondary schools. Find out how to tell us that you’ve changed your post-secondary school.
I've applied to extend my study permit. Can I travel outside Canada and be able to return?Yes. You can leave Canada and return as long as your visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is still valid. If your visitor visa or eTA is expired, you must apply for and receive a new one before you leave.
ExceptionThere’s only one exception to this. You may be able to re-enter Canada with an expired visitor visa (not an expired eTA) if:
- you only visit the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon and
- you return to Canada before your study permit expires.
When you return to CanadaIf your study permit is still valid, or we extended your permit while you were away, we may let you enter as a student.
If we’re still processing your study permit extension, we may let you enter as a visitor. In this case, you can’t study until you get your extended study permit. The officer at the port of entry may also ask you to prove you have enough money to support yourself in Canada.
A border officer may have some questions for you when you arrive back in Canada. If the officer believes there’s reason to refuse your re-entry, you won’t be able to re-enter Canada. The officer may ask you for a copy of your extension application, the fee payment receipt, or any other document to prove you applied for an extension.