About Canada’s Universities and Colleges
There are over 1,500 universities, colleges, and other educational institutions that are recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to welcome international students. These educational institutions are called designated learning institutions (DLIs) and they exist to help international students learn in Canada and stay in the country after graduation.
The list of DLIs that are recognized by IRCC is constantly growing. Please verify that the university, college, or other institution you wish to enroll in is recognized by IRCC by visiting the Canadian government’s official website.
How to Study in Canada
The following are the steps you need to take if you wish to study in Canada and transition to permanent residence.
- Select a program
- Apply to a Canadian designated learning institution
- Apply for a CAQ, if applying in the province of Québec
- Apply for a study permit
- Explore your immigration options
The benefits of beginning your Canadian immigration journey include:
- If you are like most study permit holders, you will be legally eligible to work in Canada for any employer as soon as you arrive in the country. Under the terms of most study permits, you can work for up to 20 hours per week during your program, and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks such as winter and summer breaks.
- Your spouse or partner is eligible to obtain an open work permit to work for any Canadian employer during and after you complete your studies. You can also bring your children with you to Canada and they can attend one of Canada’s public schools without needing their own study permit. Once you complete your program, you will get a Canadian degree, diploma, or other credentials that will be recognized and respected by Canadian employers and government authorities.
- This credential will help you integrate into the Canadian labour market and gain more points under a variety of federal and provincial immigration programs.
Study Pathways to Permanent Residence (PR)
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