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Permits, Visas and More
To study as an international student in Canada, several documents are required. It is your responsibility as a student to maintain your immigration status and comply with immigration regulations while you are here.
International students must apply for a Study Permit and possibly a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter and study in Canada.
A Study Permit is a document issued to foreign nationals who wish to study in Canada for a period of more than 6 months. You need to apply for study permit before arriving to Canada. A study permit is different from a visa as it does not allow you to enter Canada. To enter Canada, International students will need Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Initial Study Permit Application
All international students studying for more than 6 months require a student authorization to enter Canada. This allows you to live in Canada to attend university.
Contact a Canadian embassy, high commission, or consulate. To find the closest office, visit the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
It is important to apply for your study permit as soon as you have received your Cape Breton University acceptance letter. You should apply online or at the closest Visa Application Centre.
To apply for a study permit, you will need to identify the university by its designated learning institution number (DLI) on the study permit application form. Cape Breton University’s DLI number is:
Document requirements can vary by country, be sure to check your specific embassy/consulate requirements. To apply for a study permit, you will need the following documents:
Do not allow your study permit to expire for any reason. If your study permit will expire before you have completed your studies, you must renew it at least one month before the expiry date. The International Student and Study Aboard Centre can help you with this.
Study Permit Extension
Your valid Study Permit allows you to study and stay in Canada as a student. Know the expiry date and make sure to renew it two to three months before the expiration date.
If you need to apply for a study permit renewal The International Student and Study Aboard Centre can help you with this.
For more detailed information please visit IRCC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/extend-study-permit.html
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
Your valid Temporary Resident Visa allows you to enter Canada. Know the expiry date and make sure to renew it two to three months before the expiration date.
Visit Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s website for detailed instructions for applying for a Temporary Resident Visa, including application forms, a list of documents, fee payment instructions, etc.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Your valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) allows you to enter Canada. Know the expiry date and make sure to renew it two to three months before the expiration date. The eTA is a requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals entering Canada by air or transit through a Canadian airport. These travellers do not need an eTA when arriving by car, bus, train or boat (including a cruise ship).
Citizens from select visa-required countries may be eligible to apply for an eTA, instead of a visa, to travel to Canada by air. However, these travellers need a visitor visa when arriving by car, bus, train, or boat, including a cruise ship.
To view the list of countries whose citizens require an eTA, please visit Canada.ca/eTA
If you apply for a study permit after August 1st, 2015, you will automatically be issued an eTA along with your permit.
Your eTA will be valid for up to 5 years or until the expiry of your passport (whichever comes first)
You can verify the status and expiration of your eTA by using the Check eTA status tool. To do this, you will need the eTA number noted on the email confirmation and details from the passport you used to apply for your eTA.
Documents you need to enter Canada
A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will ask to see your travel documents when you arrive in Canada.
The required travel documents include:
All persons must establish that they meet all the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations before being authorized to enter or re-enter Canada.
If there are no problems at the point of entry, the officer will let you enter Canada and will issue your study permit.
Understanding the terms and conditions of your study permit
The conditions listed on your study permit tell you:
If you wish to change any of the terms and conditions on your study permit, including your level of a study permit, including your level of study, you must apply to amend your record of landing.
If you are a post-secondary student with a valid study permit, you do not need to apply if you want to change your program of study or the institution where you are studying. With that, you do need to notify IRCC through your online account if you are transferring from one designated learning institution to another.
Please note: It is an offense under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act if you do not comply with the conditions imposed on you when your entry to Canada was authorized, or when your study permit was issued.