Visa/Permits

Steps and Guidelines

Step 1: Create an account or sign in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Study Permit” when prompted)

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 4: Press “Submit” and pay the application fee

Initial Study Permits FAQs

International students require a study permit in Canada if their course is longer than six months. After you have paid your tuition fees, you must apply for a Canadian study permit. If “yes” is checked in the co-op/work placement section of your offer letter, you should apply for a co-op work permit together with your study permit application. 

You can apply for a study permit online or on paper at your nearest visa application centre (VAC).

A study permit allows you to study in Canada. A visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization allows you to enter Canada. 

The Student Direct Stream is currently only open to legal residents of China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal and Vietnam, who meet specific requirements, to get their study permit faster. If you are a legal resident from these countries, you can check the requirements and eligibility from the IRCC website under the Student Direct Stream.

After you have received Seneca offer of admission and paid your first semester fees, you must change the designated learning institution (DLI) number on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website. Seneca’s DLI number is O19395536013 (the number begins with the letter O).

Step 1: Create an account or sign in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Study Permit Extension” when prompted)

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 4: Press “Submit” and pay the application fee of $150

Extending Study Permits FAQs

The best time to extend your Study Permit is two or three months prior the expiry date of the current one.

The processing fee for a Post-Graduation Work Permit application is $255.

Processing times are updated weekly on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

All of the documents listed below can be scanned as an e-copy in the library.

For complete list and more information on the required supporting documents, please visit the IRCC website.

You may stay in Canada and attend classes under what is called implied status.

You must drop your classes immediately. You may apply to restore your status as a student within 90 days of losing it. After you apply to restore your status, you may stay in Canada until a decision is made on your application but you are not allowed to study or work until your status is restored.

If you allow your Study Permit to expire, you are not allowed to study and you have to withdraw from your program. If you had submitted an extension application prior the expiration date, you are allowed to study while waiting for a decision on that application.

The processing fee for a Study Permit extension is $150.

Step 1: Create an account or sign in here on the IRCC website.

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Temporary Resident Visa” when prompted)

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 4: Press “Submit” and pay the application fee of $100

Step 5: Send your passport to the IRCC by Canada Post AFTER you receive a written confirmation email from IRCC that your Temporary Resident Visa has been approved. DO NOT send your passport before you receive the email

Students who plan to complete an internship, a practicum or a co-op term as part of their program must apply for a co-op/internship work permit.

All of the documents listed below can be scanned as an e-copy in the library.

  • An Enrolment Verification Letter from Seneca
  • Proof of financial support
  • A copy of your valid Passport
  • A copy of your valid Study Permit
  • Digital Photo

For complete list and more information on the required supporting documents, please visit the IRCC website

Download an Enrolment Verification Request form, complete the form and visit International Student Services at your campus for a signature.

Step 1: Create an account or sign-in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Study Permit Extension” when prompted)

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 4: Press “Submit” and pay the application fee of $150

 

Note: If you have some additional questions, please contact International Student Advisers. When you visit our office, please bring the following documents with you:

  • Seneca ID Card
  • Study Permit

Step 1: Create an account or sign in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Temporary Resident Visa” when prompted)

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 4: Press “Submit” and pay the application fee of $100

Step 5: Send your passport to the IRCC by Canada Post AFTER you receive a written confirmation email from IRCC that your Temporary Resident Visa has been approved. Do not send your passport before you receive the request.

Extending Temporary Residence Visa FAQs

  • You should apply at least 3 months before your planned departure from Canada.
  • If your Study Permit is expiring soon, please renew your Study Permit first, and then apply for a Temporary Resident Visa extension.

You are not allowed to re-enter to Canada without a valid Temporary Resident Visa even though you have a valid Study Permit.

The processing fee for a Temporary Resident Visa extension is $100.

All of the documents listed below can be scanned as an e-copy in the library.

For complete list and more information on the required supporting documents, please visit the IRCC website.

Download an Enrolment Verification Request form, complete the form and visit International Student Services at your campus for a signature.

Processing times are updated weekly on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

If you are from a country whose citizens are required to have a temporary resident visa (TRV, or entry visa) to enter Canada, and your TRV has expired, you need to apply for a new visa.

No. You must obtain a study permit first and then apply for a visa.

 

Note: If you have some additional questions, please contact International Student Advisers. When you visit our office, please bring the following documents with you:

  • Seneca ID Card
  • Study Permit

Step 1: Create an account or sign in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Co-op Work Permit” when prompted)

Step 3: Follow instructions on how to complete the application form

Step 4: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 5: Press “Submit”

Co-op Work Permits FAQs

Students who plan to complete a placement (i.e. an internship, a practicum or a co-op term) as part of their program must obtain a co-op work permit before starting the placement.

No fee applies for a Co-op Work Permit.

All of the documents listed below can be scanned as an e-copy in the library.

  • A Co-op Letter from your program co-ordinator / adviser
  • A copy of your valid passport
  • A copy of your valid Study Permit
  • Digital photo

For complete list and more information on the required supporting documents, please visit the IRCC website.

Step 1: Create an account or sign-in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Co-op Work Permit” when prompted)

Important, sample of correct answers:

Question: What would you like to do in Canada?

Answer: Work

Question: Do you plan to work on campus?

Answer: No

Question: Are you a full-time student at a participating postsecondary institution and want to work off-campus up to 20 hours per week?

Answer: No

Step 3: Follow instructions on how to complete the application form

Step 4: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 5: Press “Submit”

After you received your Co-op Work Permit, you must apply for a SIN from Service Canada. You need to obtain a SIN before you start working in Canada.

Processing times are updated weekly on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

You may apply for a co-op work permit and a study permit at the same time.

 

Note: If you have some additional questions, please contact International Student Advisers. When you visit our office, please bring the following documents with you:

  • Seneca ID Card
  • Study Permit

Step 1: Create an account or sign in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Post-Graduation Work Permit” when prompted)

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 4: Press “Submit” and pay the application fee of $255

Post-graduate Work Permits FAQs

  • You must apply for your PGWP within 180 days of completion of your program (your final grades available on Student Home).
  • We recommend that you have a valid Study Permit at the time you apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit.
  • You may apply for your Post-Graduation Work Permit from within Canada or overseas.

Step 1: Create an account or sign-in on the IRCC website

Step 2: Answer the online questionnaire (be sure to select “Post-Graduation Work Permit” when prompted)

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents and a completed application form

Step 4: Press “Submit” and pay the application fee of $255

After you received your Post-Graduation Work Permit, you must apply for a SIN from Service Canada. You need to obtain a SIN before you start working in Canada.

 

Note: If you have some additional questions, please contact International Student Advisers. When you visit our office, please bring the following documents with you:

  • Seneca ID Card
  • Study Permit

Contact Us 

To be connected to an International Student Adviser, contact: international.services@senecacollege.ca