Extending Your Study Permit Online - A Guide

This information has been revised and approved by Jason MacFarlane, member in Good Standing of ICCRC, RISIA # S705517.  Accurate as of 02/2020

 

STEP 1 - Determine if you are eligible to apply for a Study Permit Extension

International students require a study permit if they are to legally study in Canada. 

To be eligible to extend one’s study permit from within Canada, you must:

  • Have a valid study permit,
  • Obtain a letter from the Registrars office showing that you are an enrolled student, and
  • Be able to prove that you have funds available to support yourself for at least the next 12 months (or until your study period is complete)

Note: The study permit is not a study visa, as called in the U.S., or a temporary resident visa (TRV).  It is a legal document that grants one the ability to stay in Canadas a temporary resident while studying.  One must provide ongoing proof of enrollment status to extend this permit.  After one’s initial application (outside of Canada), the process for extending a study permit and a TRV are separate, and the visa extension application actually requires proof of the extended study permit.  This is why one should apply for the study permit extension as soon as possible, to avoid delays.

STEP 2 - Gather Documents

You will need to gather the following documents in order to complete the study permit extension application online and by yourself:

  • Your study permit - key information will be needed, including your UCI#
  • National ID document - if you have one – the original is not required
  • Passport – all pages containing information and stamps/markings must be scanned and merged into one digital document
  • Passport-style photograph of self - scanned or electronic copy
  • Proof of financial support for upcoming year
  • Letter of enrollment showing next terms enrollment at UNB and your expected completion date.
  • Proof of medical exam if performed by IRCC designated doctor in last 12 monthsif you didn’t have this exam performed in the last 12 months, ignore this requirement
  • Credit or debit card (if you intend to pay fee of $150 online). Keep in mind that you may, as of late 2019, have to pay a biometrics fee with your application, and then follow-up by submitting biometrics to IRCC locally.  If this is the case, you will get a letter sent to your GCKey account with instructions.

STEP 3 – Log in to (or set-up) your secure online IRCC account

This account can be accessed by Googling “GCKey”  or at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html

Once you’ve come to a page with (your name)’s account at the top, scroll down and click the link “Apply to come to Canada” under the Start an application heading.

If you don’t have a personal reference code (many don’t), then click the link “Visitor visa, study and/or work permit”, under the Determine your eligibility and apply online heading.

Starting on the next page, you’ll be asked a series of questions which, if answered accurately, should generate a list of documents you must either fill-out and upload (such as the application) or simply upload (such as the digital photo).  All except for those under the heading Optional documents must be uploaded in order to access the payment stage.

Here is how to answer the questions if you are applying for a study permit extension:

  1. What would you like to do in Canada?  (Select “STUDY”)
  2. How long are you planning to stay in Canada? (“TEMPORARILY - MORE THAN 6 MONTHS” – unless otherwise)
  3. Select the code that matches the one on your passport.  (Select your country of citizenship)
  4. What is your current country of residence?  (If applying from within Canada, select “CANADA”)
  5. Do you have a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and is 18 years of age or older (Select “NO” unless you do; be sure to highlight the underlined words for clarity on definition)
  6. What is your date of birth?  (Your date of birth)
  7. Are you a lawful permanent resident of the United States with a valid U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) number? (“NO” – unless otherwise)
  8. What is your current immigration status in Canada? (“STUDENT”)
  9. What is your marital status?  (Select answer that applies to your current situation)
  10. What is your province of destination? (“NEW BRUNSWICK”) 
    • Select the link for "Study Permit( In-Canada)"
  11. Are you accompanying a family member who has status in Canada? (Select answer that applies - “NO” if you are already in Canada)
  12. Do you also want to apply for a work permit? (“NO” unless you wish to also apply for a co-op work permit)
  13. When does your status in Canada expire? (the expiry date of your current study permit)
  14. Have you had a medical exam performed by a CIC authorized panel physician (doctor) within the last 12 months? (“NO” – unless otherwise)
  15. Have you lived in a designated country or territory for more than six months in the last year? (“NO” if you’ve been studying in Canada during that time)
  16. Do you want to submit an application for a family member? (Select answer that applies to your situation)
  17. Are you giving someone access to your application? (“NO”)
  18. In the past 10 years, have you given your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for an application to come to Canada? (Select answer that applies)
  19. There are fees associated with this application.  Will you be paying your fees or are you fee exempt? (“YES I WILL BE PAYING MY APPLICATION FEES”)
  20. Are you able to make a digital copy of your documents with a scanner or camera? (“YES”)
  21. Will you be paying your fees online? (“YES” – you will be prompted later on to pay by debit or credit card)

STEP 4 – Review your answers and modify if needed. 

Click “Continue” at the bottom of this and the next page to see the list of required documents.  Upload as required.  A guide on how to complete the application form can be found here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5552-applying-change-conditions-extend-your-stay-canada-student.html

If you think it might be helpful to include a letter of explanation, you may do so in the Option Documents section, beside the “Client information” box.  When all required documents have been uploaded you may click the appropriate links at the end of this and following pages to continue to payment option.

Once you’ve paid the required fees, a “Congratulations – your application has been submitted successfully” message will appear.  Take a photo of this page for proof.  After submission of application, be sure to log into your account at least once/week to see if further documents are needed or messages sent by IRCC.