Once the student has obtained a study permit, there may be a time during the course of their studies where they may need to renew or change the conditions of their study permit.
It is crucial for the student to maintain their legal status in Canada throughout this process and that they do not exceed the duration of their authorized stay without first applying for a change in status.
If you wish to change the institution you are currently studying at, the study program, or level of study, then you do not need to submit a new study permit application. You only need to update IRCC upon changing institutions. Only students moving up from elementary to high school or high school to post secondary (as an international student) are required to apply for a change in the conditions of the study permit.
If you are working while studying, be sure that you are complying with the conditions and/or restrictions on the nature of your work, such as the hours you are allowed to work per week.
If you do not apply for a renewal or change status before your current status expires, you will be required to leave Canada before submitting an application to return.
Once an application is submitted for renewal or change in status, you will be on “implied status”, which means that the applicant can legally remain in Canada as a temporary resident until a decision has been made. A copy of documents, such as proof of postage or courier delivery or online receipt must be in your possession as it proves that a status extension has been requested. If your status expires before a decision has been made on your application, you can still continue to study as long as you remain in Canada.
If you fail to comply with the condition of your study permit and lose your status in Canada, you may apply for a restoration of status within 90 days of losing it.
Renewing or Extending your Study Permit
If your study permit expires before you have completed your study program, you are required to apply for a renewal. It is advised that you submit a renewal application at least 30 days before your current study permit expires.
After your study permit extension has been approved, you may apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), if required.
For students studying in Quebec, you may also be required to obtain a new Certificat D’acceptation Du Quebec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate or CAQ).