A Canadian study permit enables you to study in Canada’s top notch institutions of higher learning. This permit is required in many cases where foreign nationals enroll to study in Canada. It’s important to note this is not a visa. With the study permit, you will require some type of visa to allow you entry into Canada and have an extended stay. Most people who wish to study in Canada opt for a visitor visa with their study permit, as its requirements are easier to fulfill and the fees are lower. This enables them to enter and stay in Canada for 6 consecutive months. Should your study period be longer, you can get another visitor visa to extend your stay or get a visa for a longer stay – depending on what your individual needs and goals are. The application for the study permit should be made before leaving for Canada, and once your study permit is approved, you can use it in your application for a visitor visa. You are allowed to travel outside of Canada during the duration of your study permit, but make sure you can provide proof of your school enrollment upon your return to Canada.