Renew Your Study Permit
International students study in Canada with a study permit. However, a study permit has an expiry date and it means when you must stop studying and leave Canada. This expiry date is located at the top right corner of your permit. The date is usually the length of your study program, plus 90 days. Therefore, the extra 90 days gives you time to prepare to leave Canada, change conditions or extend your stay in Canada.
If you have not yet completed your study program or want to keep studying in Canada, then you need to extend your study permit. To extend your study permit, you need to apply for a study permit extension at least 30 days before your current study permit expires. In case it is already expired and you have not applied to renew it, you’ll need to apply to restore your status as a temporary resident.
If you want to keep studying and you apply to extend your permit at least 30 days before it expires, make sure your passport doesn’t expire at the same time. Your study permit cannot be extended beyond your passport’s expiry date. Also, if you apply before your permit expires, you can continue to study under the same conditions as your current study permit until they decide. It only applies if you stay in Canada. This is called “implied status.”
If you apply after your permit expires, you can stay in Canada but may not continue to study until your status has been restored and you have received your new study permit.
If your study permit expires and you haven’t applied for an extension, you must leave Canada.