Visa Information - Canada
The following is general information. Visa regulations are determined by a department of the Canadian government called Immigration Canada and are subject to change. Please verify Visa information with the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate.
International students who wish to study in Canada for up to 6 months may need a Visitor's visa depending on the country for which they hold a passport. To see if this applies to you, please check the list of Countries and Territories Whose Citizens Require Visas in order to enter Canada as Visitors: Countries and Territories Whose Citizens Require Visas
Students do not need a "Study Permit" for study programs that last 6 months or less.
If you plan to study in Canada for longer than 6 months, you must obtain a Study Permit. These are available through your local Canadian Visa Office.
Students may apply for a Study Permit even if they are going to study for 6 months or less. If students are coming for less than 6 months and are thinking of possibly extending their studies to more than 6 months, they should apply for a Study Permit in their home country. Students can extend their Study Permit from within Canada, but they cannot get a Study Permit from within Canada.
For Volunteer Internship Programs (VIP) of less than 6 months in total, students are not required to obtain a Work Permit or Study Permit.
For Volunteer Internship Programs (VIP) lasting more than 6 months in total, students are required to obtain a Study Permit before entering Canada. A Work Permit is not required.
Post Graduate Work Permit
Students who complete a fulltime program lasting for longer than 8 months may be eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit. Post Graduate Work Permits may not exceed the length of study time. Please see the Government of Canada Website for more information.
*The above information is general. Visa regulations are determined by Immigration Canada and are subject to change. Please verify Visa information with the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate.
Visa Information - India
Students who plan to study for less than 6* months will require a tourist visa. Tourist visas are valid for single entry only and cannot be extended. Once you leave the country you must wait 2 months before you can reapply and you cannot extend your tourist visa in India or in a neighbouring country.
Students who intend to study in India for more than 6 months will require a Study Permit. Study Permits allow multiple entries, and are issued for the duration of your study, as per your letter of acceptance. You will also need to register with the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) within 10 days of arrival.
* The length of the tourist visa may vary depending on your country of origin. Please check with your local Indian Consulate/Embassy for current information, and to apply for visas.