Your valid Study Permit allows you to study and stay in Canada as a student. Know the expiry date and make sure to renew it two to three months before the expiration date.
This study permit extension information is for in-Canada applications. For study permit application outside Canada, review the COVID-19 FAQs below.
What is it?
If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a student in order to complete your academic program, you must extend you study permit before it expires. Check the expiry date on your study permit, and make sure you apply before that date.
Why do I need it?
You need to extend your study permit to maintain your student status, and continue studying and working (on and off campus) in Canada.
When do I need it?
You need to extend your study permit prior to the expiry date by applying online or by paper application. It is recommended to apply for renewal at least 2-3 months before your current permit expires. If you do this you will be able to remain in Canada and continue studying and working under “maintained status” (previously called implied status) until IRCC has made a decision with respect to your application, even if your study permit expires while you await processing.
If your permit expires after IRCC receives your application
If you and your family members’ immigration documents (e.g. study permit, or work permit, visitor record, etc.) expires after Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has received your application to extend your current documents, you will still be considered a temporary resident of Canada until a decision about your application is made. This is known as “maintained status” (formerly known as ‘implied status’).