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Temporary Public Policy Allowing Foreign Nationals to Study Without A Study Permit in Canada

Updated: May 13

In an exciting development for foreign nationals in Canada, a temporary public policy has been implemented that grants certain individuals the right to study in Canada without a study permit. This policy, which comes into effect on June 27, 2023, will remain operative until June 27, 2026.

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Canada Allows Study Without A Study Permit Temporarily

Dreaming of studying in Canada? Well, the path to your Canadian education just got a whole lot more accessible. In a significant development, the Canadian government has introduced a temporary public policy that can be a game-changer for foreign workers in Canada who would like to study while working in Canada.

So, what's the scoop, and how can you make the most of it? Let's dive into the details.

Who is Eligible to Study Without a Study Permit in Canada?

This policy applies to certain foreign nationals who hold a valid work permit or have applied to renew their work permit and are authorized to work under paragraph R186(u). The eligible individuals include those:

  1. Who holds a valid work permit issued on or before June 7, 2023, or

  2. Who submitted an application to renew a work permit on or before June 7, 2023, and are authorized to work as per paragraph R186(u).

Understanding More About the Terms of the Policy

Eligible foreign nationals are permitted to study without a study permit until the earliest of the following occurrences:

  1. The work permit referred to above, or associated with the application to renew, expires.

  2. The work permit application is refused.

  3. This public policy expires (June 27, 2026).

  4. The public policy is revoked.

It's important to note that some work permits may include conditions stating “unless authorized, prohibited from attending any educational institution, or taking any academic, professional or vocational training course.” This public policy provides the necessary authorization for eligible applicants, applicable until the work permit application is refused; the work permit expires; or the policy reaches its expiry date (June 27, 2026), or is revoked, whichever comes first.

Looking Ahead

Eligible foreign nationals wishing to pursue a study program that extends beyond the validity of either their current valid work permit or this public policy (June 27, 2026), will be required to apply for a study permit. This temporary public policy opens up new avenues for foreign nationals in Canada, providing them with the opportunity to further their education while they work. It's a significant advancement that acknowledges the valuable contributions of foreign workers to the Canadian economy and society. The policy is a testament to Canada's commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that values diversity and continuous learning. It also reinforces the country's position as a prime destination for foreign nationals seeking both work and study opportunities. Stay informed and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to expand your horizons in Canada. For more information about the policy and eligibility criteria, please refer to the official government documentation or consult with a legal professional.

How Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants Can Help in Study Permit Application

Navigating immigration policies can be a daunting task. That's where the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) of Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants come in. Our experts are dedicated to helping aspiring international students like you. Here's how we can assist: Expertise: We have a deep understanding of Canadian immigration regulations and the latest updates. We can ensure your application aligns with the new policy. Personalized Guidance: Every student's journey is unique. We provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific situation, making the process smoother. Timely Updates: Immigration policies can change quickly. We stay updated with the latest developments, ensuring your application is always current.


The temporary public policy allowing certain foreign nationals authorized to work in Canada to study without a study permit is a game-changing opportunity for aspiring international students. This policy update has opened doors; all you need to do is step through them. Your Canadian education awaits! So, if you've got the work permit, we've got the expertise. Let's unlock the doors to your Canadian education together. Contact Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants today and start your journey toward a brighter future.

A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.


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