Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online
You’re eligible to apply on paper only if you
- have a disability that prevents you from applying online
- hold an identity document or a travel document for non-national residents, refugees or stateless persons
Get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream
If you’re a legal resident of certain countries, you may be able to get your study permit faster by applying online through the Student Direct Stream.
How to apply on paper for a study permit
Step 1: Read the guide and get your application package
Read the instruction guide carefully before you complete your application. We won’t refund your application fee, so make sure you’re eligible for a study permit before you apply.
Once you have read the guide, you can prepare your application package. You must select the country/territory from which you will be applying to get your local visa office instructions.
This application package is for applicants in China (People’s Republic of):
- Document Checklist: Study Permit [IMM 5483] (PDF, 1.08 MB) (opens in a new tab)
- Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) Information [IMM 5843] (PDF, 498 KB)
- Post-Secondary Program (with GIC) [IMM 5973] (PDF, 550.49 KB)
- Regular Student Program [IMM 5977] (PDF, 531.04 KB)
- Primary and Secondary Program (with GIC) [IMM 5978] (PDF, 543.77 KB)
- Details of Education/Employment/Travel form [IMM 0104] (PDF, 1.71 MB)
- Application for a Study Permit made outside of Canada
- Family Information Form [IMM 5707] (PDF, 1.55 MB) (opens in a new tab)
- Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM 5409] (PDF, 2.22 MB) (opens in a new tab)
- Custodian Declaration [IMM 5646] (PDF, 2.43 MB) (opens in a new tab)
- Visa application photograph specifications
- Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] (PDF, 1.39 MB) (opens in a new tab)
Step 2: Complete your application and attach your documents
To make sure you submit all the pages of form IMM 1294 with your application package, follow these steps:
- Click the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form.
Note: If you validate the form before printing, you can make sure that you have answered all the questions and help avoid delays in processing your application.
- The last page of the form, with barcodes and a signature line, will automatically be created.
- Print, sign and date the form.
- For best results:
- print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper
- use a laser printer
- Place the barcode page on top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.
Find out more about barcode forms.
Your application may be delayed if any information or document is missing. The document checklist in the application package lists all the documents to include. Answer all questions carefully, completely and truthfully.
You and each one of your family members must fill out and sign their own forms even if you are travelling together as a family. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must sign your form.
Step 3: Pay your application fees
If you need an electronic travel authorization or visa
If you need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or visa, we’ll issue it automatically at the same time as your study permit. You don’t need to apply separately or pay another fee.
In most cases, your fees will include:
- processing fees for you and anyone you include in your application
You’ll need to pay your fees before you submit your application. Our instruction guide(opens in a new tab) can help you understand which fees apply to you.
Depending on your situation, you may need to pay fees to third parties for:
If you need to use a third party, pay them directly for their services.
In most cases, you should pay a biometrics fee when you pay your application fees. If you don’t, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.
Step 4: Submit your application
When you submit your application, you also need to submit:
- your original travel passport
- good quality photocopies (minimum 300 dpi) from your current and previous passports for the last 5 years, including
- all pages with visas
- all pages with stamps
- all pages with your biographical data (name, date of birth, passport number), including your photo
You can submit your application to the closest visa application centre to
- receive service in the local language
- take advantage of the centre’s extended hours of service
- track your application online
- have the assurance that your application is complete and all the proper documentation is included
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