Step 2

    • Proof of acceptance (i.e., admission letter) from Memorial University.
    • A valid passport that allows you to return to the issuing country.
    • Two passport sized photos that were taken recently with the name and date of birth of the person indicated on the back. This is required for you and any family members accompanying you.
    • Proof of sufficient funds that demonstrates you have enough funds to support yourself in Canada. This includes tuition, fees, living expenses, and the family members who come with you.

  • For your study permit application, you may also need the following documents:
    • Letter of explanation stating why you want to study in Canada and what your goals are. Use professional, positive and appropriate language in the letter. You can find some helpful guidelines here.
    • Proof that you have made a deposit towards tuition for your first year of study.  A template cover letter may be found here.
    • Proof of medical examination.
    • Biometrics.
    • Police certificate.
    • Custodian declaration for students bringing minor children with them to Canada.
    • Check your country’s Visa Office instructions for additional information.
  • Please note that international students admitted to graduate diploma programs at Memorial University and who are applying for a study permit on or after 8:30 a.m. EST, January 22, 2024, require a letter of attestation from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador as part of their study permit application. Provinces have been given until the end of March 2024 to implement a process to issue provincial letters of attestation. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are working on this process. Please do not apply for a study permit until you have obtained a provincial attestation letter (we will notify you by email when you can request a provincial attestation letter). Graduate students admitted to master’s and doctoral programs do not require a letter of attestation to apply for a study permit.  

  • To make deposit towards tuition for your first year in support of your study permit application, please estimate your deposit amount using the Minimum Expense form and review payment options on the Cashier's Office website. You may collect a confirmation of payment receipt once your payment has been received from the Cashier's Office. All fees are listed in Canadian dollars - please refer to the form for more information.
  • Tuition is charged on a per-semester basis, and there are three semesters in an academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). The total program fees charged in an academic year would then be 3x the per semester fee. For example:
    • As an international master's student under payment plan A, it would be $1,611 x 3.
    • As an international doctoral student, it would be $1,499 x 3. 
  • For full-time graduate diploma students who intend on completing their program in one year, the total program fee is charged within that year. For example: as an international graduate diploma student, it would be $710 x 9.
  • If your study permit application is rejected and you decline/defer our offer by the appropriate deadline, fees you paid for the upcoming semester can be reversed.

  • If you are a legal resident of the following countries, you can apply under the Student Direct Stream. If you are applying for a study permit under this stream, then you are required to pay the tuition fees for your first year of study (three semesters) using the process described above to make a deposit towards tuition.  
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Brazil
    • China (People's Republic of)
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • India
    • Morocco
    • Pakistan
    • Peru
    • the Philippines
    • Senegal
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Vietnam
  • Valid study permits for students undertaking graduate programs will typically have a remark on them indicating that the student is permitted to work on and off campus provided they met the eligibility criteria outlined in section 186 of the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Regulations (IRPR). If this remark is written on the study permit, then you will be able to obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN). For information on how to apply for a SIN, please review these instructions.

  • If the remark is not on your study permit, then you will not be able to obtain a SIN until you amend your study permit. This can impact your ability to receive your funding as well as begin working as a graduate assistant or in other employment. You will need a SIN to work in Canada. The process to amend your study permit is a simple but lengthy process – it can take up to 4 months.

  • At your port of entry to Canada, check your study permit to see if a remark is printed, permitting you to engage in employment on or off campus. If the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer fails to note this on your study permit, request that they re-print it with the remark.

  • If you require help at any time with your study permit application, please do not hesitate to contact Memorial University’s Internationalization Office. You can request a one-on-one consultation with an immigration advisor or attend a weekly information session on study permits, the post-graduation work permit program, and other immigration matters.