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You will need to carry these documents with you, and produce them to enter Canada and obtain your study permit from the border officer:
  • Valid Passport
  • Temporary Resident Visa (if you require one)
  • VIU Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
  • CIC Letter of Introduction
  • Financial supporting documents (such as a bank or credit card statements as you may be asked to show proof that you have enough money to support yourself in Canada)
  • Address of your destination in Canada
Review the Border Reminder Checklist from Canada Border Services Agency.

Additional Items to Prepare for Travel:

It is recommended that students gather the following documents and have them on-hand upon arrival and during their studies in Canada:
  • Official transcripts from your high school and any college or university you have attended
  • Any supporting documents for your admission (such as official IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • Course outlines from any previous courses you have completed (these may be needed to request an assessment of transfer credit)
  • International Driver’s License (if applicable, apply for this before you leave for Canada)
  • Map of Nanaimo
  • Map of VIU (International Student Services is Building 255)

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