Study permits

Depending on your country of origin, student visa processing can take as little as a few weeks or as long as many months. To ensure your international study experience gets off to a smooth start, be sure to apply as early as possible for your Canadian study permit.

There are two methods for applying for your study permit.  Review each stream to see which process you are eligible for and what to do if your student visa application is delayed or denied.

You will also require a valid visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada, which will be automatically issued when your study permit is approved. If you plan to travel outside of Canada during the course of your studies, always make sure that you have the proper valid documents to re-enter the country.

For more information visit the Government of Canada website for current study permit requirements.

Traditional Study Stream

To apply for a study permit under the Traditional Study Stream you need to complete the following:

  • Apply to CMTN for your program of choice.  Learn more about our application process for International applicants.  Most programs at CMTN require IELTS results with an overall score of 6.0 and no bands lower than 5.5.
  • CMTN will email you to request a first-term non-refundable tuition deposit.  The Traditional Study Stream deposit amount is $4000 CDN.
  • After your deposit has been received, CMTN will issue you an acceptance letter.  You can then apply to the Government of Canada for a study permit.  Visit the Government of Canada – How to Apply for a Study Permit page to learn more about the requirements and how to request your permit. 
  • Once you receive confirmation from the Government of Canada, be sure to inform the CMTN Admissions Office that your study permit has been approved.  Email international@coastmountaincollege.ca with “Study Permit” as your subject heading and be sure to include your student number.

Processing time:  Varies, within 60 days of application. 

Study Direct Stream

The Study Direct Stream receives priority processing; however, there are additional eligibility requirements. This option is currently only available to the following countries:  India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

To apply for a study permit under the Study Direct Stream you need to complete the following:

  • Apply to CMTN for your program of choice.  Learn more about our application process for International applicants.  The Study Direct Stream requires IELTS results with an overall score of 6.0 and no bands lower than 6.0, or a Canadian High School Diploma from a recognized Canadian-curriculum high school outside of Canada.
  • CMTN will email you to request the full first-year tuition deposit.  The Study Direct Stream first-year tuition deposit is approximately $13,000 CDN (depending on your program of choice).  $4000 of the deposit is non-refundable.
  • After your deposit has been received, CMTN will issue you an acceptance letter.  You can then apply to the Government of Canada to request your study permit. Visit the Government of Canada – Study Direct Stream page to learn more about the requirements and how to request your permit.  The Study Direct Stream requires that you show proof of a $10,000 GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) as proof of ability to self-support upon your arrival in Canada.
  • Once you receive confirmation from the Government of Canada, be sure to inform the CMTN Admissions Office that your study permit has been approved. Email international@coastmountaincollege.ca with “Study Permit” as your subject heading and be sure to include your student number.

Processing time:  Priority processing.  Will be processed first.

Student visa delays & denials

In the case that your visa is denied or there is a delay in processing, you must inform CMTN what to do with your application:

  • If the Government of Canada denies your visa application, you may request a full refund on your deposit, less a $200 administration processing fee.  Refund requests will be administered to the origin of payment and no cheques will be issued.  Applicants are required to complete the Refund Request form.  Visit our Refunds page for more information on how to request your deposit refund.
  • If your permit or travel is delayed, you may choose to defer your application to the next term or intake and your deposit will be held.  International students may defer up to three (3) academic terms (the equivalent of one (1) calendar year).  Students must notify the college before the beginning of class.  Deferrals are subject to program availability and require approval from the Dean. Email your request to international@coastmountaincollege.ca with “Program Deferral” as your subject heading and be sure to include your student number and we will facilitate your request with the Dean.
  • If official documentation is not provided within four (4) months of the program start date the deposit is forfeited and no deferral or refund is available. 

Additional resources

  • Consider applying for a US Visitor Visa while in your home country if you are considering travelling to the United States of America during your studies.
  • Explore how to stay in Canada following your program with a Post-Graduation Work Permit.