Please note, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been renamed by the federal government. Now known as Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). At present, IRCC’s website remains

International students arriving in Canada to study for more than six months need two important immigration documents: 

  1. A study permit – permission to study in Canada and it is a status document defining you as an International student
  2. Temporary resident visa to enter into Canada. Depending on their citizenship, International students need either a
    • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or
    • Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) 
    • American (US) citizens or permanent residents do not need either.

Please check here  to decide which one you need. If students study in Canada for less than six months they do not need a study permit and are allowed to enter Canada with just a TRV or eTA depending on their nationality.

Please note that study permits, work permits and visitor records are status documents that do not authorize the holder to re-enter Canada. A TRV or an eTA are necessary for re-entry into Canada.

Applying for Study Permit

The content of this page is not a substitute for legal immigration advice. It is for information purposes only and can change without notice. Please refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for up-to-date information.

The Richard W. Johnston Centre for International Education is home of the Faculty of International Education in Building 255 of the Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus

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