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What would your legal status be in the U.S.? Why can't you go back home to apply from there?
Well, if the Canadian embassy in the U.S. said that they would take you if you processed in the U.S., I am not sure I understand why you are confused. What has you confused?
How did you enter the U.S.? How long have you been here?
This has been moved to the Canada law list as it is about the law in Canada rather than the law in the US.
Your status in the US would be a visitor.
Generally you are required to apply for a visa from back home.
If you had legal status in the US, not counting being a visitor, and had that status for one year at least there would not be an issue.
It may be possible to apply from the US because student permits are generally provided at the border when you are entering the country to be a student with all of the criteria having been met but there is no guarantee as most often the CIC does require you to go home first.