Students applying for a Study Permit

First Time Study Permit Applicants

Students applying for a Study Permit for the first time, will need to apply through a local Canadian Embassy or Consulate, outside Canada. Please visit Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (opens new window), for a list of Canadian Consulates and Embassies abroad.

Students applying for a new permit will need to submit:

  • Passport
  • Mohawk College Letter or Acceptance
  • Proof of financial support for at least one year of academic study (approximately $20,000).

To begin your permit application, please visit the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Study Permit page. 


Approval in Principle – Visa Status

December 2020 – In response to the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) decision to allow students to study prior to formal visa approval, Mohawk College will allow students to register from their home country and begin virtual classes in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 with a Stage 1 Approval in Principle (AIP) from IRCC. AIP Students will need to submit proof of their AIP, through the online request form sent to all students, acknowledging their understanding of the terms and conditions associated with their registration.  Following the submission students will receive details on how to register and select their timetable.


>As there is no guarantee that a student will receive his or her full study permit approval both students, partners and institutions take on considerable risk.  In order to support all parties we have implemented a new set of processes and policies to ensure everyone is supported and aware of the advantages and risks associated with this opportunity. AIP students should refer to their acknowledgment for specific refund information. Should you require an additional copy of the refund policy, or have any questions regarding it and/or withdrawing please contact [at] AIP Students have 5 business days to notify Mohawk College of any decision by IRCC, whether approved or denied.

AIP students who have received a denial of their Approval in Principle and wish to request a refund, please visit our Refund and Withdrawal website or email [at]


Note: In certain situations, students may be allowed to register for virtual programs upon submission of their visa application and prior to visa approval. Contact your Market Specialist for further information.


Student Direct Stream (SDS)

Important update for applicants from India only:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to offer the Study Direct Stream (SDS) for students from India. Students wishing to apply through the SDS program will have to meet the following criteria:

1. Provide Academic IELTS results with an overall 6.0 as well as a 6.0 for all sub-bands, listening, reading, writing and speaking
2. Provide a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 as proof of ability to self-support
3. Provide proof of tuition payment for the first year

Mohawk College continues to maintain alignment with the SDS processing standards. All student applications from India are required to meet these academic standards to be considered for admissions.

Any applications that do not meet these standards will not be processed. 

We will share any additional updates to the new SDS program as they are communicated with us by IRCC.