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Every person, other than a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, who seeks to come into Canada for the purpose of:
shall make an application to a visa officer for and obtain authorization to come into Canada for that purpose before the person appears at a Port of Entry.
Student authorizations exemptions apply to dependants of diplomats, visitors attending short term language courses and persons who intend to enroll in courses of studies that are not academic, professional or vocational in nature.
Every application for a student authorization shall be accompanied by:
A student authorization may not be obtained by any person for the purpose of taking any academic, professional or vocational training course unless that course:
Quebec's selection mechanism utilizes a Certificate d'Acceptation du Quebec. With few exemptions, all applicants for student authorization destined to a Quebec educational institution must be in possession of a "Certificate d'Acceptation du Quebec" before being eligible for a student authorization.
Processing fees applicable to student authorizations are presently set at $125. Fees are payable at the time application is made, and should be included with the written application.
Foreign students must meet the same medical requirements as those which apply to all visitors to Canada. Generally speaking, students who intend to be in Canada for more than 6 month are required to undergo and pass a medical examination.
Full time students registered in a degree or diploma granting course are allowed to work on the campus of the institution at which they are registered without the need for an employment authorization. Several other categories of students are exempt from employment validation but must be issued an employment authorization. It should be noted that recent trends in policy have resulted in increased opportunities for foreign students and their spouses to engage in employment in Canada.