Canada is accepting and processing Canada Student Visa applications, however, there may be some delays due to COVID-19.

Canada is one of the most popular places to immigrate to so it is no surprise that they receive thousands of international student visa applications every year! Studying in Canada offers many great opportunities including the opportunity to stay in Canada once they graduate, amazing higher education, greater quality of living, and job opportunities. The processing time for Canadian study permits can vary from case to case depending on several factors.

Average Canadian Study Permit Processing Time

On average, Canadian study permits are typically processed between 9-11 weeks. The processing time starts the day that the IRCC receives your complete application and ends when they make a decision.

Processing times will vary based on:

  • the type of application submitted
  • if the application is complete
  • how quickly we expect to process applications we’ve already received
  • how easily we can verify your information
  • how long you take to respond to any requests or concerns
  • other factors

Inside vs Outside Canada Student Visa Processing Time

There are two types of study permits: Inside and Outside. To qualify for the inside study permits, you must be applying within Canada as a temporary resident (visitor or student). The outside study permit applies to those applying for a study permit outside of Canada.

Applying from inside Canada will average 11 weeks for your application to be approved.

Applying from outside of Canada will average 9 weeks for your study application to be approved.

Can international students in Canada work while studying?

You may be eligible to work in Canada while studying, if your study permit includes a condition that says you can work on or off campus. You must also meet all the other requirements. You can only start working in Canada when you start your study program. You can’t work before your studies begin.

Work on or off campus

As a study permit holder, you may be able to work on-campus or off-campus without getting a work permit. Make sure you meet the requirements before you find a job.

Work as a co-op student or intern

You will need to get a work permit if your study program includes a required co-op or internship placement. Find out how to apply for a co-op work permit.

Work after you graduate

You may also be able to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) to continue working in Canada after you graduate.

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