Study Permit Extension

Recent Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Study Permit regulations to consider:

  • All applications must include the University of Alberta Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number. University of Alberta DLI #: O19257171832. Note: The first character in the DLI number is the letter 'O', not the digit/number zero '0'.
  • If your study permit expires and you have not applied for a new one, you will be able to restore it only if you meet the conditions of your study permit and you apply within 90 days from the expiry date.
  • If you do not comply with the conditions of your study permit, you may be asked to leave Canada and must not return for a year without written permission.
  • Your study permit will become invalid 90 days after you complete your studies (even before your study permit expiry date) or on the expiry date of your study permit, whichever comes first.

Renewing Online

You can renew your study permit online with the following supporting documents:

  • Passport (include all marked pages that have stamps or visas from any country)
  • Copy of your original admission (acceptance) letter
  • Proof of current/upcoming enrolment
    • Undergraduate students:
      • If you need enrolment for the upcoming academic year on or after August 1: you can request it through Bear Tracks.
      • If you need enrolment for the upcoming academic year before August 1, you will need to request it online from the Student Service Centre. When you do, please indicate that you need this for the upcoming academic year prior to August 1 for your SP extension
    • Graduate students need to complete and submit this form to request a letter confirming their enrolment and expected completion date from FGSR.
  • Proof of funds available/means of support (this is usually in the form of the most recent 4-month bank statements of your Canadian bank account in addition to an updated funding letter from your sponsor (for example, a parent or your supervisor)

NOTE: In some cases, you may need to include an explanation letter or an additional support letter from your faculty. You are advised to check with an International Student Services advisor if you need to add these additional documents to your application. Make an appointment with an advisor.

The application fee is $150 CDN and must be paid when applying by credit card.

It is important to apply as early as possible since the processing time may take a few months. You can check the current estimate of processing times online.

Watch How to Extend Your Study Permit Online 

Lubna Ahmad, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and International Student Advisor, walks you through how to create your IRCC GCKey account and how to start your study permit extension application online.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This video was created before May 26. As of May 26, the study permit application process requires students to include a copy of their original offer of admission (acceptance letter) in addition to verification of enrolment. Students are advised to merge/combine the pdf copies of both these documents as one file and upload it in the “Acceptance Letter” section of their online Document Checklist.

In this video below, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and International Student Advisor Lubna Ahmad walks you through completing your study permit extension form (IMM5709).



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