How to Apply for Your Initial Study Permit

This website contains general immigration-related information and resources for international students who have recently been admitted to KPU and would like to apply for their initial study permit.

For latest updates and specific information on COVID-19 including impacts on immigration applications, travel restrictions, and work eligibility, please refer to the IRCC website and the KPU website for important information. 

Find out if you need a study permit 

Most international students require a study permit to study in Canada. To find out if you need a study permit, please refer to this IRCC webpage for eligibility and exemption information.

How to apply online for your initial study permit from outside of Canada

1. Create an IRCC account

  • You will need to create an online IRCC account to apply for your study permit. Having this online account also allows you to check your application status after you have submitted your application. 

2. Complete the Questionnaires

  • After you create an IRCC account, you will be guided to the Questionnaire to see if you are eligible to apply for a study permit.  
  • If you already have an IRCC account, you can check your eligibility to apply for a study permit through the Check your Eligiblity tool, and link it to your IRCC account. 

3. Get the Document Checklist

After you complete the Questionnaire, you’ll be guided to a screen entitled "Your document checklist" that lists the required documents for your application. Please note that you will only have 60 days to upload all required documents.

4. Gather Required Documents

Proof of Acceptance

You will need to provide your Letter of Acceptance to KPU and the Budget Sheet (found in the Offer of Admission email). 

Proof of Identity

You will need to provide a valid passport and a digital passport-size photo, which must meet the IRCC photo specifications.  

Proof of Financial Support 

You must prove that you can support yourself, and any family members who come with you, while you are in Canada. The proof of financial support should indicate that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of your first year in Canada. 

Application Forms

Download the application forms from your Document Checklist on MyCIC. When you finish filling out your application forms, click the blue “Validate” button (found on the first or last page). This will highlight any missing information that is required and create an additional page with the barcodes. 

If you need help filling out the application forms, please read the instructions on how to fill out the forms.  


Find out if you need to give biometrics

If you apply for a study permit from outside Canada, you may need to submit your biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) in-person at a biometrics collection point outside of Canada.

If you are required to give biometrics, please follow these steps to give your biometrics.  

Medical Exam 

Find out if you need a medical exam

If you’re applying to become a temporary resident of Canada, you must have a medical exam if you: 

  • want to come to Canada for more than 6 months, AND
  • have lived or travelled for 6 months in certain countries or territories in the year before you come to Canada 

If you are required to complete a medical exam, please review the instructions on how to complete the medical exam.  

5. Submit Your Application

  • Fill out the required forms and upload them to your account with all required documents
  • Pay the Fees (Fees are subject to change; please check the IRCC website
    • Application fee – CAD150  
    • Biometric fee - CAD85 per person or CAD170 for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place
    • Once you pay the fees, you can submit your application online
  • For more information, please check the IRCC website

6. After You Apply

Check the Status of Your Application 
If you applied online, you can sign in to your IRCC account to check your application status. Click “check status and messages” under the “View my submitted applications or profiles” section.

Check the Processing Time on Applications
See the IRCC's processing times for an estimate on how long it may take the IRCC to process most complete applications. The processing time may vary depending on how many applications IRCC receives.

7. Prepare for Arrival


Disclaimer: KPU strives to provide the most up-to-date information. However, this webpage is not a legal document, and the information therein is subject to change without notice. Please ensure to visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the most updated information.