Permits & Visas

At Mohawk International we are ready to support you with your permit and visa needs.

For the latest updates:
Check the IRCC website

Upcoming webinars and sessions: [at] (Check our )events page for webinars and sessions that will answer your questions about immigration, visa and study permits

Recent updates from IRCC

On December 7, 2023, IRCC announced:

  • Temporary measures to allow some students to work off-campus more than 20 hours a week will be extended to April 30, 2024. This will apply to students already in Canada and those who submitted a study permit application on or before December 7, 2023.
  • The facilitative measure that has allowed international students to count time spent studying online towards the length of a future post-graduation work permit, as long as it constitutes less than 50% of the program of study, will continue to be in place for students who begin a study program before September 1, 2024. This measure will no longer apply to students who begin a study program on or after that date.
  • Temporary policies for open work permits for PGWP holders will not be extended after Dec. 31, 2023.
  • As of January 1, 2024, a single study permit applicant will need to show they have $20,635 for the cost-of-living requirement in 2024, in addition to their first year of tuition and travel cost.

    Please review the news release for more details.

First-time study permit applicants

Information about applying for a study permit.…

Extending study permits

We recommend at least 3 months in advance

Documentation required

When applying, you will be required to provide:

  • Proof of status at Mohawk College - request your proof of study letter from

  • Proof of status in Canada - study permit
  • And proof of financial support for at least one year of academic study (approximately $20,000) 

A full document checklist is available with the application package.

Application package

  • A full application package can be downloaded from the Immigration Canada website
  • You should not leave Canada while your Study Permit extension application is being processed

Once you have applied to extend your study permit, and as long as you applied prior to its expiry, you have “maintained status” until the decision of your application is made. You will be able to continue to study (and work if eligible) as long as you meet the conditions of your study permit while you remain in Canada.

Renew your study permit online

  1. You may renew your study permit online by creating an IRCC secure account:
  2. Complete the questionnaire to generate a checklist of application forms and required documents
  3. After completing the questionnaire, you will be guided to a screen titled "Your Document Checklist"
  4. Gather your required documents
  5. Fill out the application form:
    - Download the applicable form(s), save it to your computer, and open it with Adobe Reader
    - Validate your form by clicking on the blue button found on the first or last page - any missing information will be highlighted. You can edit and validate it as many times as needed.
    - Save and upload the final form
    - Once your application has been validated, you will see bar codes at the bottom.
  6. You will receive the "Acknowledgment of Receipt" once your application has been submitted

Download our step-by-step Study Permit Extension Guide (PDF)


Tip: Be aware that Canada Immigration will not extend a Study Permit past the expiry date of your Passport.

Restoration of Status

If you miss your application deadline

It is your responsibility to check the dates on your documents and apply for extensions 90 days before it expires.

Changing schools - What happens to your study permit?

You may change schools without affecting your study permit status. Follow the instructions to change schools on this Government of Canada webpage.

Look after your study permit

Your study permit and identification documents are very important and must be looked after. We recommend you keep copies of all your important documents in a separate location from the originals.

When submitting documents to immigration, keep a copy of your full application package. If applying on paper, send your application via courier, and record the confirmation number in a safe place.

Working, co-op and placements in Canada

International students are allowed to work and participate in placements (E.g. field and volunteer placements) and co-op while they are studying in Canada. See Working in Canada for information.

If you are completing any type of work-integrated learning experience (Co-op, field placement, volunteer placement, internship, etc.) that is required to complete your program of studies, you must apply for a Co-op Work Permit.

For more information:

For information about the Post-Graduation Work Permit:

Contact Us

  • Applicants still in home country
    Contact: Your Market Specialist
  • Current enrolled students
    Contact: [at] (international[dot]services[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
  • General questions regarding immigration, or other issues
    Call Mohawk International: 1-844-767-6871

You may also contact:

Immigration Resources

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (opens new window)
Immigration Information Call Centre: 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only)