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How Long Does it Take to Get a Canada Student Permit?

By Ella Bergquist August 10, 2021 (Updated December 20, 2021) 1 min. read
Canada study permit processing time

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:

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.

Top Questions About Study Permit Processing Times

How Long Will It Take to Process My Study Visa Application

Whether you’re looking to apply outside or inside of Canada it should take about 9-11 weeks for your student visa application to be processed.

Is Canada Still Processing Study Permit Applications?

Yes! Canada is still accepting study permit applications. We recommend booking a consultation with a licensed immigration consultant to determine which route is best for you.

What If My Canada Student Visa Gets Denied?

If you’ve received a denial letter for your student visa application you can appeal the government’s decision. Learn more about the Student Visa Denial Process.

How Can I Get a Study Permit Fast in Canada?

Speak with an immigration consultant who can find the fastest and most efficient way for you to get a student permit. They can ensure there are no mistakes in your application.

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