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Study Permits for Canada

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Entering Canada as an International Student

When you arrive in Canada a Canada Border Services Agency officer will ask to see your passport and travel documents and ask you questions. Even if your application for a study permit for Canada was accepted, you must satisfy the officer that you are eligible to enter Canada and will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.

Documents Required to Enter Canada

Have the following documents ready to show the Canada Border Services Agency officer:

  • valid passport or travel document (citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and Greenland must provide proof of citizenship or permanent residence)

  • the letter of introduction confirming acceptance of your application for a study permit for Canada

  • temporary resident visa (if required)

  • copy of the letter of acceptance from the school at which you are permitted to study

  • proof of financial support

  • other documents recommended by the visa office where you applied

Your Study Permit for Canada

If you are allowed to enter Canada, the officer will issue your study permit. Check the study permit to make sure the information is accurate. The following terms and conditions are listed on your study permit:

  • the name of the educational institution at which you may study

  • if you are allowed to work in Canada

  • if you need to report for a medical examination, observation or treatment

  • if your travel in Canada is restricted

  • the expiry date - the date by which you must leave Canada

If at any time your circumstances change or you wish to change any of the terms and conditions on your study permit for Canada, you must cpmplete and submit an Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada as a Student.

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