Are you going to study in Canada? You always need an eTA to follow a training course or study in Canada. If you want to take part in a study programme that lasts longer than six months, you will also need a study permit.

An eTA is sufficient for a short study in Canada

Are you travelling to Canada for a training, to study or on an exchange programme which does not last longer than 6 months? Then all you need is an eTA. You do not need to apply for a visa or study permit.

To be eligible for an eTA Canada, you must be a national of the United Kingdom, Ireland or another country on this list. This list includes all countries in the European Union, but also Australia, Norway and Switzerland.
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Studying in CanadaAn eTA is valid for tourists and business travellers, but can also be used to study in Canada

When to apply for a study permit?

You can also apply for a study permit. A study permit is an addition to the eTA Canada. In order to check in on a flight to Canada, you will always need an eTA. If you receive a study permit, you will automatically receive an eTA with it. A study permit application has two advantages:

With a study permit you can study in Canada longer

Are you travelling to Canada with en eTA but without a study permit? Then you cannot attend a study programme which lasts longer than six months. For example, you are not allowed to spread an 8 month study programme over two trips of 4 months each. You also cannot attend part of a study programme which lasts longer than 6 months in total. The only exceptions are travellers that are on an exchange programme. If the exchange programme does not last longer than six months, you do not need a study permit to take part in it. This is also the case if the exchange programme is part of a longer course or programme which lasts longer than six months in total.

With a study permit you are allowed to take a side job

Do you just have an eTA Canada, but no study permit? Then you are not allowed to have a side job in Canada. Universities sometimes offer opportunities to earn some extra money through a side job, either on or off campus. Under certain conditions, the study permit allows you to work an unlimited number of hours on campus, as well as 20 hours per week off campus. If you wish to work off campus for more than 20 hours per week, you must apply for a work permit.

If your eTA Canada expires before your study permit

Are you leaving Canada during your studies? For example, for a trip to the United States, or to return to your family and friends outside Canada? Be aware that you must have a valid eTA when you fly back to Canada to resume your studies. It can happen that your study permit is still valid, but your eTA visa is no longer valid, for instance because you acquired a new passport. In that case, you can submit a separate eTA application filling in the eTA form. is a commercial and professional visa agency, and supports travellers in obtaining, among others, the eTA Canada. acts as an intermediary and is in no way part of any government. You can also apply for an eTA directly with the immigration service (7 CAD per eTA, via However, not with our level of support. If you submit your application via, our support centre is available to you 24/7. We also check your application before submitting it to the immigration authorities on your behalf. If we suspect any errors or omissions while doing so, we will personally contact you to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. To use our services, you pay us 7 CAD in consular fees, which we pay to the immigration service on your behalf, as well as £25.99 in service fees as compensation for our services, including VAT. Our services have saved many travellers from major problems during their trip. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the full purchase price (unless an application for a previous eTA Canada was rejected for the same traveller). Read more about our services here.