For a study visa, a student needs to have a sponsorship from an approved college/university in Canada and receive an acceptance letter from the approved college/university to study in Canada. The acceptance letter should be unconditional meaning all the conditions for a student to study in the college/university should be satisfied. Using this acceptance letter, you can apply for a study permit online or on paper. This application can be submitted in an office located in your country of origin or in the country where you legally currently reside. The processing time usually vary from 6 weeks to 12 weeks depending on the visa office the application is submitted.