To study in Canada, students require a valid Study Permit at all times. If you want to work off campus, you require a Work Permit; and if you leave Canada and want to return, you must have a valid TRV (entry visa).
There are 2 methods to renew your Study Permit, Temporary Resident Visa, and work permit. You can either apply online or apply by mail.
To apply online, you will need to create and log in through the GCKey below:
Under the new IRPA provisions (Appendix A – IRPA, Section 91), providing third party representation or advice for consideration (payment or some form of compensation), or offering to do so, is prohibited at all stages of an application or proceeding under the Act. As a result, only members in good standing of a law society of a province (including paralegals), the Chambre des notaires du Québec, or the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which is the governing body for immigration consultants designated by the Minister, are authorized to provide advice or representation for consideration in connection with an application or procedure under the Act.
Staff at the ISC are not accredited under this law. You can use the computers at the ISC, or bring your laptop to complete the application following the CIC guidelines that we have printed. We also have scanners available. We recommend that you bring a USB flash drive to save your files.
You can check the processing time of your application at this website.
Every effort will be made to make sure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, but you should always check the CIC website to be sure.
If you are in Canada, you can try calling CIC's Call Centre if you have any questions or concerns. Make sure to call Monday to Friday between 8am to 4pm to speak to an agent.
Their phone number is: 1-888-242-2100
Having problems logging into GCKey?
If you are having problems with logging in, call 1-855-438-1102
If you plan to apply for any one of the documents on paper, the first thing you should do is ensure that your application package is complete. Please watch their video below on why it is important to do so.
Refer to our respective web pages on how to apply by mail: