You need to extend your study permit at least 30 days before it expires.
The expiry date is in the top right corner of your permit. You can’t extend your study permit beyond the expiry date on your passport.
If you apply before your permit expires, you can stay in Canada under the same conditions as your current study permit until you get a decision.
You should apply to extend your study permit if you plan to travel outside Canada and your permit will expire while you are travelling.
If your study permit expires, and you haven’t applied for an extension, you must leave Canada.
If you will finish your studies earlier than you expected
Your permit will expire 90 days after the day you complete your studies, no matter what the expiry date on the permit is. The 90 days begin:
- on the date you get the first notification from your school (such as an email, letter, transcript, etc.) that you completed your program or
- when you get your degree, diploma or certificate.
If you can’t prove the date you were first notified by your school, we will use the earliest issue date on the document. We may need to confirm this date with your school.
If you want to keep studying, you must apply to extend your study permit at least 30 days before your permit expires.
If you will finish your studies later than you expected
You must apply to extend your study permit at least 30 days before the original expiry date.
If you want to stay in Canada but you are no longer studying
You have a few options:
- apply for a work permit, if you finished studying and are eligible for a post-graduate work permit
- apply to change your status and stay in Canada as a visitor or
- leave Canada.
What to do if your permit has expired
You have lost your status if you are still in Canada and:
- the expiry date of your permit passed before you had applied for
- a new study permit
- a work permit, or
- to stay in Canada as a visitor
- you didn’t respect the conditions of your permit.
In some cases, you may apply to restore your status as a student. To apply, you must:
- submit your application within 90 days of losing your status
- keep meeting the requirements for your stay
- have met all the conditions listed on your permit, and
- pay your fees
- restoration ($200) and
- study permit ($150)
If you are eligible, follow the instructions under How to extend your study permit, but:
- on the form IMM 5709, under section 3 “I am applying for one or more of the following:”, select both:
- An initial study permit or extension of study permit, and
- Restoration of temporary resident status as a student
- Give details of your situation and the reason you stayed in Canada longer than allowed.
On your application, you must clearly and completely explain how you lost your status. There is no guarantee that we will accept your application.
If your family members have also lost their status, each must apply (and pay) to get it restored.
You may stay in Canada while we make a decision on your application. But, you aren’t allowed to study until your status has been restored.
An officer will review your application and tell you what else you need to do.