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Applying for a Study Permit

You need a study permit to come to Canada. Depending on where you live, the processing time can be just a few weeks or a few months.

In the last decade more and more foreign students, temporary workers and visitors have been coming to Canada. This means that processing times through Citizenship and Immigration Canada are longer.

To avoid disappointment, you should apply at least 4 to 6 months before your program starts.

Before you apply for a study permit, you will need:
  • the letter of acceptance from Lakeland College
  • a receipt for your tuition deposit
  • Lakeland College's designated learning institution number( DLI) is O18777577472
  • your passport
  • other required documents. See the online document checklist
  • proof that you have sufficient funds for your education and living expenses while you study in Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has many resources to help you. A great place to start is their web section on international students.

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You may be able to apply online for your study permit. Check your eligibility.

More likely, you will use a Visa Application Centre. Currently there are over 130 of these centres in over 90 countries. These centres aren't where decisions are made, but accept applications. You can also:
  • get answers to questions in the local language
  • provide access to a computer to apply online
  • collect biometrics such as fingerprints and photograph
  • schedule interviews
  • provides photographs and photocopies for a fee
  • securely transmit application documents and passports 

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers 5 tips to help you complete your study permit application and prevent delays from missing documents. These tips are:
  1. Apply online or through a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If there's a VAC in your country consider using it.
  2. Apply early. You can check average visa processing times. Even though your country may have a quicker average time, it's best to apply at least 4 to 6 months before your classes start.
  3. Get your medical exam and police certificates as soon as possible. You aren't required to submit them with your application, but if you do, your application can be processed faster.
  4. Make sure all the required documents are complete and legible. If information is missing or unclear, your application will be delayed.
    • Use the document check list in the application kit
    • Provide certified translations in English of all supporting documents such as transcripts, police certificates and other official documents
    • Check with the Canadian visa office in your region or country to see if you need to fill out any additional forms or provide any additional documents
    • There are videos you can watch with tips on how to fill out your application.
  5. Pay the proper fee. In many countries you can pay in the local currency. Check with your local office. If you don't pay, or submit the wrong amount, you application could be delayed or denied.

How to Pay

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You will likely need a credit card in order to apply for a Lakeland College program.

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