In order to study in Canada, proof of acceptance in a designated learning institution is necessary, as well as proof of financial resources to pay for tuition, living expenses and return transportation. Additionally, the person applying for the study permit must be law abiding, with no criminal record. A police certificate may be required. The applicant must be in good health, and may need to complete a medical examination.
As proof of acceptance, a college, university or other educational institution must send a letter of acceptance, and this must be included in the study permit application. The applicant must be able to present a valid passport or travel document, and the document must allow the applicant to return to the country that issued it. Citizens from the United States do not require a passport, though identification that proves citizenship or permanent residence is necessary.
Proof of financial support can include proof of a Canadian bank account in the applicant's name, proof of an education loan from a financial institution, bank statements from the past four months, or a bank draft in convertible currency. Other financial proof can be proof of payment of tuition, a letter from the person or institution providing money for the education, or proof of Canadian funding if using a scholarship for education payment.