Study and work permits

If you're not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, you must have a valid post-secondary study permit to attend university in Canada.

A study permit is the official document granted by the Government of Canada that gives you permission to study in Canada. Learn more about immigration documents on the Student Success Office website.

We encourage you to apply for your study permit as soon as possible because application processing times can vary. You can check the estimated processing times on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

Proof of payment for study permits

As part of the study permit application process, Canadian visa offices in some countries may require proof that you have paid your tuition fees. 

Apply for a work permit if you've been admitted to co-op

Please apply for your co-op work permit together with your study permit application using your Letter of Acceptance from Waterloo. You'll need a work permit for your co-op work terms.