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Study Permits

If you plan to study in Canada for more than six months, or your program is over 6 months in length, you need a study permit.

The NSCC application guide for study permits can be found here:

If you have questions about demonstrating financial support in your study permit application, please see our guide:

You must apply for the co-op work permit /work placement permit at the same time you apply for your study permit. You need a co-op work permit if you have a paid or unpaid work term, work placement, clinical placement, internship or co-op work term as a mandatory part of your program. ALL international students at NSCC require a co-op work permit.

If your study permit will expire before you are due to complete your studies, you can apply to extend your study permit from within Canada. The cost is $150. The application guide for study permit renewal can be found here:

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website has more information on study permits.

If you are an exchange student currently studying in Canada with a visitor visa and would like to apply for a study permit, please review this guide:

If your study permit is refused, our guide can provide information and advice on what to do next.

Please note, If you are currently studying in Canada with a visitor visa and would like to apply for a study permit, you may need to apply outside Canada.  You can only apply from within Canada if you fall under one of these categories:

  • you have a valid study or work permit
  • your spouse, common-law partner or parent has a valid study or work permit
  • you’re a minor child in primary or secondary school
  • you’re an exchange student or visiting student
  • you completed a short-term course or study program required to be accepted at a DLI

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to submit biometrics?

IRCC has updated regulations about providing biometrics with new applications to come to Canada.

Depending on your nationality, you will need to provide biometrics:

  • Starting July 31, 2018 – applicants from Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Starting December 31, 2018 – applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas

For visitor visa, study and work permit applicants:

You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years.

If you have a valid visitor visa, or a study or work permit, and you gave your biometrics in the past, your biometrics are valid from the date you gave your biometrics for a period of 10 years. You do not need to give your biometrics until the 10-year period expires.

There are a few exceptions.  Please read more about this through IRCC’s website:




While you study at NSCC, it may be possible for you to bring your family members with you. Please review our guide for helpful information.



To work part-time off-campus while studying, your study permit must contain the condition that authorizes you to do so.

If it doesn’t, you can either apply to renew your study permit, or to amend it – please contact your ISA for more information.

Conditions for work:

Students can:

  • work up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions
  • work full-time hours during regularly scheduled breaks
  • work on-campus in addition to working off-campus

Students must:

  • have already started their program of study to be eligible to work
  • maintain full-time status, except during the final term of study

Please note that you cannot use this permit to do your work placement. You must have a co-op work permit/work placement permit.

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